Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics and the Duke Service Learning Program invite applications for an intensive three-day Alternative Fall Break program on food and inter-religious dialogue. Learn more about how food can be used to address some of the Triangle’s longstanding cultural and social divisions. Connect with faculty and religious leaders for a deep dive into the diverse, often complicated religious and social fabric of the city. At the same time, work with religious and secular organizations committed to building stronger communities.
The Triangle has become famous as an area that takes food seriously. From farmers’ markets and community gardens to its renowned restaurant scene, food brings people together here. Yet in the midst of this food renaissance, significant numbers of people continue to struggle with access to good food. For many newcomers to this consciously Southern community finding the right food can also be a challenge. This is particularly true for many of the religious communities that now call the Triangle home.
Productive engagement among people with fundamentally different beliefs is hard work. The program will take a serious approach to inter-religious dialogue, working to understand the profound differences of perspective and belief that characterize different faiths, while appreciating the food traditions and approaches of various religions. The program will give both religious and secular students an opportunity to cultivate a common community interested in making space for everyone at the table.
Applications for priority consideration are due by October 5th.