Food as Sacred Text: Interreligious Rituals, Practices, & Culture - Reading of the Sacred Text Conference

Friday, March 8th 2024, 9:00am to 4:00pm
Dinner Board Room, GTU Dinner Board Room, 2400 Ridge Road Berkeley, CA 94709

Food as Sacred Text: Interreligious Rituals, Practices, & Culture
with Keynote speakers: Louis Trevino and Vincent Medina

Friday, March 8th, 2024, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Registration for online attendees:

Registration for in-person attendees: SOLD OUT

This conference is sponsored in part by an Atla Library Impact Grant


Keynote Address
holše mak-nuunu — Our Culture is Beautiful
Cafe Ohlone and the ‘oṭṭoy Initiative
Louis Trevino and Vincent Medina
Featured Presentations
Oryoki: Ritualized Zen Eating Practices (10:00am to 10:40am)
  • Rev. Gesshin Greenwood, Institute of Buddhist Studies
Catholic Saints: Their Feasts and Foods (10:45am to 11:15am)
  • Dr. Chris Renz, OP Academic Dean and Professor of Liturgical Studies, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
Food Insecurity, Islamic Charity, and Giving for the Sake of God (11:20am to 11:50am)
  • Dr. Munir Jiwa  Founding Director, Center for Islamic Studies and Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Anthropology, GTU
Shi’i Inscribed Votive Food (1:30pm to 2:00pm)
  • Zeinab Vessal, GTU PhD student
Gathering Ingredients: Mormon Women and the Recipe for Backstage Rites (2:05pm to 2:35pm)
  • Kristine Wright Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Religion at Princeton University 
Dining with the Dead: Meals as Mortuary Ritual in Judean Bench Tombs (2:50pm to 3:20pm)
  • Dr. Aaron Brody Professor of Bible & ArchaeologyDirector of the Badè Museum, Pacific School of Religion
Food and Fulfillment in Jewish Practice (3:25pm to 3:55pm)
  • Dr. Deena Aranoff Director of the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies and Senior Lecturer in Medieval Jewish Studies, GTU
Lunch catered by Dr. Hatice Yildiz, founder of Simurgh Bakery.
The Reading of the Sacred Texts Lecture is hosted by the GTU Library 
Past Lectures in this series available here: