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The Dillard Forum Presents:

To Us Who Have Bread, Give the Hunger for Justice

November 6-7, 2022

Dr. Norbert Wilson

Professor of Food, Economics, and Community at Duke Divinity School

Dr. Charles A. Gillespie, Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies at Sacred Heart University

The 2022 Dillard Forum is excited to bring Dr. Norbert Wilson to Trinity November 6-7. This Forum will focus on food issues in our country and will address equity in access to food, food waste, and the ramifications of our choices in what we eat. This event is free to attend, and all are welcome!

Dr. Wilson is the Professor of Food, Economics, and Community at Duke Divinity School and is an ordained vocational deacon in the Episcopal Church USA. With several degrees in agricultural economics, he has spent his career involved in food policy with the underlying premise that food is a basic human right. Mark your calendars now for this important event!


Sunday, November 6 @ 7 PM in Trinity’s Sanctuary and live-streaming

U.S. Food Security:  We Must Do Better

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Monday, November 7 @ 12 noon via ZOOM

Discussion and Q & A

Register in advance for this meeting being held on Monday, November 7 @ 12 noon.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Monday, November 7 @ 7 PM in Trinity’s Sanctuary and live-steaming

Charity and Justice:  Old Ways to Address Contemporary Food Insecurity

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About Our Speaker

Professor Wilson’s research touches on several food issues, such as access, choice, and food waste. He continues to work on food safety and quality issues in international trade and domestic food systems. Wilson is an ordained vocational deacon in the Episcopal Church USA. Additionally, his work is moving to explore equity in food access. He has published in AEA Papers and Proceedings, World Development, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Public Health, Food Policy, Agricultural Economics, and other publications. Before joining Duke Divinity School, Wilson was a professor of food policy at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy (2017-2020). He was also a professor of agricultural economics at Auburn University (1999-2016). While at Auburn, Wilson served as a deacon at St. Dunstan’s, the Episcopal Student Center of Auburn University (2011-2016). He was an economist/policy analyst in the Trade Directorate (2004-2006) and the Agriculture Directorate (2001-2002) of the Organization of Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD) in Paris, France.

What is the Dillard Forum

The Dillard Forum is a ministry of Trinity United Methodist Church designed to examine how faith communities speak to the 21st century. An annual event featuring a theologian or biblical scholar, the Forum was established in 2003 to honor F. Douglas Dillard, Jr. who, with his wife Marion, served Trinity for eight years (1981-1989) as senior minister and later three and a half years as minister of congregational care. An eloquent teacher and scholar, Dr. Dillard died in 2005.

Previous Forum speakers have included the Drs. M. Douglas Meeks, Amy Jill Levine, Leander E. Keck, Stanley Hauerwas, James “Mickey” Efird, Roberta C. Bondi, Brian K. Blount, Denise Dombkowski Hopkins, L Gregory Jones, William H. Willimon, Kristin Swenson, Charles Marsh, R. Kendall Soulen, Peter W. Ochs, G. Sujin Pak, Tom Berlin, James Howell, and Benjamin P. Campbell.

The Dillard Forum Endowment Fund provides the funding for this ministry. Gifts may be made payable to the Trinity Foundation/Dillard Forum.

Previous Dillard Forums

Want to learn more about The Dillard Forum? Take a look at some of our previous Dillard Forums below.

2020: Benjamin P. Campbell

2019: James Howell

2018: Tom Berlin

2017: G. Sujin Pak

2016: Peter W. Ochs