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A family saying grace before a meal. Public domain image by Antoon Claeissens, via Wikimedia Commons 	 Adventures in Faith & Food November 26, 2021 No matter your race, class, gender, or faith, we all have to eat. We exp
Adventures in Faith & Food (encore)
November 16, 2023
No matter your race, class, gender, or faith, we all have to eat. We explore what food says about who we are and what we believe.
The legacy of Thanksgiving: gratitude, identity, and eating (encore) November 16, 2023
Food is not traditionally included in the study of religion, but as our guest says, “everyone eats!” Ben Zeller researches food’s relationship to religion. He says including food in religious studies is essential because it re-centers religious studies on the lived experience of everyday people and illuminates what a particular faith dictates about the body, self-control, celebration, and community. One feature of religion and food that is almost universal to every faith is feasting. Zeller also discusses arguably the biggest feast in America, Thanksgiving, and how it went from a regional day of prayer and gratitude to the standardized, commercialized, civil holiday we celebrate today.
Benjamin Zeller, associate professor of religion at Lake Forest College and co-editor of Religion, Food, and Eating in North America

If you'd like to look at Zeller's database of religion and food resources, click here.

The spirituality of vegetarianism, veganism, and Jainism (encore) November 16, 2023
Vegetarianism and veganism are not religions, but Ben Zeller of Lake Forest College says that in his research, the decision to stop eating meat and other animal products can be a significant shift in one’s philosophy of eating. For most vegetarians and vegans, their decision is not a religiously motivated one, but we talk to one man whose religion is at the center of his relationship with food. Shikhar Shah practices Jainism, which prohibits the consumption of meat, eggs, honey, and even root vegetables. Shah says that his faith’s approach to non-violence and conservation is something that informs his everyday life, and he carries that into his practice as a physician.

Shikhar Shah, anesthesia resident at the Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and a member of Young Jains of America

Langar being served.
The Sikh tradition of langar hits the road (encore) November 16, 2023
Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil, freelance reporter. You can read Kandil's original piece here
Ravinder “Ravi” Singh, head of the Share a Meal program under the Khalsa Peace Corps

Volunteers gather for a night of cooking and distributing burritos.
Courtesy of Share a Meal's Facebook page.

Music by Blue Dot Session.