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L Shannon Jung

Franklin and Louise Cole Professor of
Town and Country Ministries

Phone: 913-253-5014
  • PhD, Vanderbilt University
  • STM, Yale University Divinity School
  • BD, Union Theological Seminary, Virginia
  • BA, Washington and Lee University
Dr. Jung in community garden

Much of my driving motivation is the renewal of the church. Thus I am concerned to
educate leaders to renew the church. . . . I emphasize spiritual practices and
renewal in my classes alongside a concern for social justice.


Presbyterian Church, USA (PCUSA)
Discipline or Specialty

My research has been focusing on how consumer-based lifestyles have left a large number of Americans profoundly unsatisfied. One of the causes of this is the complicity (not guilt) we feel when we perceive that our convenience and comfort come at a high cost to others. Especially is this the case in regard to food. Ending Hunger, Building Well-Being: Beyond the Complicity of the Affluent (Fortress Press, 2009) is my third book focused on the theology and spirituality of eating, the first two having focused on the ethics and spirituality of eating and spiritual practices associated with eating.

I emphasize spiritual practices and renewal in my classes alongside a concern for social justice.
My immersion courses have taken groups to rural disaster counties (Louisiana), to South Africa and Congo, and to Garden City and Dodge City meatpacking multicultural communities in Kansas. My teaching and research also focus on one of the most marginalized groups of people in the United States: the rural population of the U.S. Drs. Jeanne Hoeft, Joretta Marshall, and I are working on a book on Practicing Care in Rural Congregations and Communities which addresses how pastors and lay people can practice care in both their congregational and communities.

Representative Courses Taught 
  • Theology of Growing and Eating
  • Leading the Affluent Church
  • Spirituality and the Renewal of Rural Congregations
  • Immersion: South Africa
  • Immersion: Multi-Cultural Rural
Recent Publications
Practicing Care in Rural Communities and Congregations, with Jeanne Hoeft and Joretta Marshall (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2013).
Moral Issues and Christian Responses, 8th ed, co-edited with Patricia Beattie Jung (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2012).
Hunger and Happiness: Feeding the Hungry, Nourishing Our Souls (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Press, 2009).

"Eating with Jesus," Horizons: A Periodical of the Presbyterian Women (October-November-December 2008).

"Food Crisis: A Spiritual Challenge," Catholic Rural Life, Fall 2008.

Sharing Food: Christian Practices for Enjoyment (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Press, 2006).
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