Food as Communion
Last Thursday a group of us gathered in the basement of University Congregational Church to attend a volunteer training with University Street Ministries. As we listened to the volunteer coordinators share about Teen Feed, the largest part of which is serving nightly dinners to 13-24 year old homeless individuals in the U-District, I was impressed by the scope of the ministry. Making dinner for someone seems simple, but there is also something deep and communal in the act of breaking bread together. What could it mean to share communion and learn together in this way? Volunteers are requested to bring food, set the tables, and prepare the meal, and volunteer advocates are also recruited to sit and eat and talk with the young people. To get to know them where they’re at and support them in making choices that could promote change, increase health and safety, and just let these fellow children of God know someone gives a damn.
We will be starting to serve regularly as a community in the neighborhood in the next few weeks, and if you’d like to join us, shoot me an email and let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org We need 6 people to start serving as a regular meal team with a one night a month commitment, and they have room for advocates as well. This is our first step in getting to know the needs of our community, so I’ll continue to share training and serving opportunities. Check out University Street Ministries here. A number of groups in the U-District cooperate to meet local needs, and you can find more info on the University District Service Providers Alliance here.
Peace to you this week,