COLUMBIA — Community members were invited to discuss the role of their values, beliefs and what they eat Saturday morning at the Cherry Street Artisan.
The discussion, titled "Ethical Eating," was designed to look at "the ethical values behind what we eat from the perspectives that respect animal life and envision a sustainable world based on moral choices," according to a news release.
The discussion was part of the Center for Religion and the Professions "Sects and the City" series and was co-sponsored by the Artisan. The goal of the series, according to Outreach Coordinator Amy White, is to "create a safe and inviting place to talk about religion in public and personal life."
The topic was chosen in part for the upcoming celebration of Thanksgiving, as well as a recent campaign by the Humane Society of the United States on the humane treatment of animals in regard to food.
Barbara Ross, the director of Social Concerns at the Diocese of Jefferson City, led the discussion. Ross has more than 20 years of experience in public policy and social advocacy with emphasis on family farming, food and agriculture.
Future topics include "Forgiveness and Healing" on Dec. 6. Discussions are free and open to the public. For more information call 882-2866.