posted September 13, 2010

Speaker to Discuss Moral Issues Related to Food

Dr. L. Shannon Jung, author of "Hunger and Happiness:  Feeding the Hungry, Nourishing Our Souls," will speak at Hope College on Monday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

Jung will explore the moral issues inherent in food-related social policies and personal decisions.  His address has been scheduled in advance of this year's annual Critical Issues Symposium at Hope, which two weeks later will explore "Good Food for the Common Good."

He will also be speaking during the college's Chapel service on Monday, Sept. 20, at 10:30 a.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

Jung is the Franklin and Louise Cole Professor of Town and Country Ministries at the Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Mo.  His research focuses on how consumer-based lifestyles have left a large number of Americans profoundly unsatisfied.

"Hunger and Happiness" addresses a wide variety of food-related issues, including how some have too much food while others have too little - and how complicity in the hunger of others contributes to the spiritual malnourishment of those who are otherwise well-fed.

The members of the college's freshman Class of 2014 were asked to read the book this summer to be prepared to discuss it during their First-Year Seminar courses in anticipation of the Critical Issues Symposium, which will open with an evening keynote presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 5, and continue with multiple addresses on Wednesday, Oct. 6.  Additional information about the Critical Issues Symposium may be obtained online at http://www.hope.edu/cis/

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.