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NEXUS Interfaith Dialogue Series

Using Food to Celebrate 20 Years of the Nexus Interfaith Dialogue Series

This fall, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Nexus Interfaith Dialogue series, join us for the following "Thanksgiving" celebration and, in the process, try some new foods.


How Food Communicates Religious Values: From Dates to Matzah, to Graham Crackers and Welch’s Grape Juice

Date: Monday, November 18, 2019
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Jane P. Batten Student Center, Pearce Suite

Food is more than fuel.  It is one of the most powerful expressions of identity for both individuals and groups.  It communicates values, it is used symbolically, and it marks social and theological boundaries. 

Have you ever wondered why Hindus don’t eat beef, why Jews and Muslims don’t eat pork, or why most of us don’t eat cats? Do you know the religious origins of Welch’s grape juice and graham crackers?

Join us for lively discussion as friends from a variety of religious traditions, along with VWU students in WES100 Religious Food Fights, give bite-sized talks, each exploring why certain foods are theologically meaningful and others are strictly prohibited. Sample distinctly “religious” foods and participate in discussions on how food brings us together and separates us.

The Nexus Interfaith Dialogue series is sponsored in partnership with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) and Hands United Building Bridges (HUBB), a multi-faith clergy group.