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Creating Space at the Table

This action relates to Beth Richardson's video, "Breaking Bread, Beloved Community." Find ideas for how to create space at the tables in your own life...

Creating Space at the Table

This action relates to Beth Richardson's video, "Breaking Bread, Beloved Community." Find ideas for how to create space at the tables in your own life here.


Before we can share the table with, as Beth Richardson puts it, "the pariahs of our time," the table must be prepared. There is a lot of work that goes into a meal on many levels, and we can play a role in making things more successful.

 

If you're in the Nashville area, check out The Nashville Food Project and Trinity United Methodist Church. Together, they are able to offer a weekly community meal that truly brings people together.
 

The meal is set up family-style with real dishes: it's about creating community, not about efficiency.


Everyone attending the meal does a task--putting out chairs, setting the table, doing the dishes. They can serve as an example for how to create space at the table for interaction, conversation, and beloved community with each other. Read about these community meals, attend one in Nashville, or start a similar project closer to home.

 

Here are some ways we can get involved in making meals and creating space at the table no matter where you are:

  • Volunteer at your local community garden. Find a community garden near you here.
  • Donate, prepare, and serve food at a local food bank. Find food banks near you here.
  • Deliver food to people in need of a meal: people in need of resources, loved ones who are overwhelmed or tired, an event at your church or community center.
  • Host a potluck and invite people you interact with daily but overlook.

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