Tallu Quinn: Transforming Pain

Tallu Quinn, Executive Director of the Nashville Food Project, tells the story of John, a volunteer who experienced healing through his work.


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Transforming Pain: Reflection

Use the following prompts to reflect on Tallu's story.


  1. Recall a time in your life when the distinction between giver and receiver became blurred. What role did you play in that experience? How did it alter your perspective?
  2. Towards the end of the video, Tallu remarks, "Pain that is not transformed is transmitted." When have you found your own pain transformed? When have you carried it around and transmitted it to someone else?
  3. Who in your life strikes you as one who lives out of a pain that has been transformed? What do you imagine that would entail in daily life?

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Take Action


Tallu Quinn: Action Steps

Consider the following ways to take healing action in your community.


1) Volunteer for The Nashville Food Project if you live in Nashville. If you live somewhere else, find a local organization like this one in your community and ask how you can help.

2) Put some non-perishable food items in ziplock bags, as well as perhaps some hygiene items. Keep these bags in your car for moments when you encounter someone in need on the side of the street. In these moments, roll down your window and give them a bag. This is a more tangible and immediately nourishing gift than any amount of money.

3) If you are on foot and encounter someone in need, consider buying them a meal from a restaurant nearby. Eat with them and ask about their story.

4) When you hang out with friends, instead of going out to eat, invite them to your home and cook a meal together. Observe how this is an altogether different experience than purchasing a meal at a restaurant.

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