HLT6330 Food Customs and Nutrition: Bridging to the Gospel
Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Lorna Shepherd Hylledig
Everyone eats! Faculty will guide students to analyze various food customs and their impact on nutrition. Students will learn how to harness food to build bridges in cross-cultural settings. Students will engage in a food custom, and create a culturally relevant Gospel presentation around it.
How This Course Benefits Students:
Everyone eats! Food can become an important bridge to, or hindrance for, sharing the Gospel. By investigating specific food-related beliefs and customs, students learn terms, and gain insight into health, illness, and nutrition expressions. Readings provide references and current research findings. Students engage in a food custom with the aim of increasing their awareness of and appreciation for diversity in food-related choices and practices.
Why This Course Is Important:
Food is essential, as well as symbolic. Jesus actively engaged in Passover, and encouraged his followers to keep Communion. Respect for customs and practices involving food can serve as a bridge for, or a barrier to, sharing the Gospel. By understanding the social and cultural reasons for food choices, Christians can connect with people at a foundational level. This course is designed to assist the lay person interested in creating and/or assisting with food and/or health related ministry in a cross-cultural setting.