September, October, & November Food & Faith

Sharing Food
Identifying ways we can practice table fellowship

Table fellowship is central to our identity as Christians.

At Christ’s table, Christ is the host, there is no permanent seating, and everyone is welcome.

          Some of the kinds of shared meals and what happens at these tables:

                   Eucharist/Lord’s Supper/Communion– enter into a relationship with God, Christ Jesus, and the Holy Spirit,                           grace, celebration, remembering/re-membering, unconditional acceptance, liberation, eternal abundant life,                     and peace

Round Table – mutuality and disruption of relationships of power Kitchen table – the place of work, discourse, intimacy, and solidarity Welcome table – the place of hospitality, humanization, and inclusivity for the more than human   Understanding that All are welcome to the table obliges us to build relationships of mutuality, to share God’s abundance, seek justice, and participate in fair distribution of food and water. Our Table Fellowship gives rise to faithful and responsible food practices. Jennifer Ayres in her book “Good Food; Grounded Practical Theology states; “Among the moral commitments at the core of food practices are the prioritization of the hungry, solidarity with and advocacy for those who work the land, the call to care gently for the land, and the reestablishment of bonds of interdependence between humans and the sources of our food.” We have covered much of the background and complexity of these commitments in our discussions over the last two years. The Four moral commitments: Priority of the Hungry Justice for those who work the land Tending and caring for the Earth Cultivating and nurturing a keen sense of the inter-relatedness of humanity and all of creation.   Our Biblical text and witness are clear in their moral demand; as long as the hungry are among us, they are our priority. (Leviticus, Ruth, 2 Kings 42-44, and Mark 6:35-44 – just to name a few).