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We had a special treat this week! Our friend and partner in justice work, Rajni Shankar-Brown, joined us for some engagement and education surrounding the issues of hunger, encouraged us with simple ways to help, and challenged us to self-examine, especially as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving. Rajni shared a song from her sacred tradition and reminded us that hunger is a human issue which transcends religious divides. We considered the story of Jesus feeding the multitudes and asked some pointed questions about what this story does to us, rather than what we would rather it do for us.
A meal is just a meal... but a regular meal with friends is a life.
"Eat and drink and you will have life".
-Jesus of Nazareth
This week we continued our exploration of the connections between food and faith with a message on interfaith work in the world. When communities from various faith traditions gather together for peace and food, they are truly embodying faith. We reflected on different cultures, interfaith work, and were inspired to view food as a catalyst for peace.
We continue to reel in the wake of tragedy. We live in a dangerous world. That is to say we live in an uncertain world. The problem is not that we are uncertain. The problem is that that the risk, vulnerability, the perhaps, the unknown present in uncertainty... this possibility feels more like probability in the wake of tragedy visited by people upon one another. We are as uncertain as we've always been, but we're uncertain with heightened attention to our fears and anxiety. Last night we sat in silence, in grief, in solidarity... and then we prayed. This prayer does not pretend to make us safe. Prayer does not pretend certainty to ease our fear, answers to resolve our doubt and confusion (even about prayer). Prayer invites us into the depth of uncertainty as the suspended space where we come to encounter the event harbored in the name of God. Let us pray.
A time of stillness, reflection on Sunday's message, and meditation. Join us every Thursday night at 7pm.
This week we continued our exploration of the connections between food and faith with a classic passage. When Jesus speaks of Salt and Light, we do well to pay attention to means and ends, things of primary and secondary importance. We reflected on taste, imagined, and were inspired to seek a life of flavor and illumination.
"It's more than a meal with friends, it's a weekly experience of genuine family that ebbs and flows with the tides of friends who drop in and stick around"
Our first women's group in some time, the goal of Women & Wine Wednesdays is to create deeper connections and to develop stronger relationships in the community.
Collective Cares is organized in order to serve as a safe place in the Deland area for the LGTBQ+ Community and meets Thursdays from 5-6:30 at Collective.
Every Wednesday at 4pm, meet with us at Trilogy Coffee in Deland as we discuss the text, topic, theme, or question for the upcoming Sunday Service.
We are a misfit faith community that gathers in DeLand on Sundays at 5pm. Come as you are.
We value highly the metaphor of journey. We’re different people from different places and backgrounds, representing an intergenerational community, and we’ve traveled different paths. So, we agree not to make assumptions about the person across from us, next to us, or in conversation with us. We challenge ourselves to be sensitive, knowing this community includes a diverse group of people from life-long followers of Jesus, to people who are just now open to the idea that God might exist. We strive to avoid offense, ask good questions, articulate and explain our responses. We don’t assume fluency in bible, spirituality, or Church language, because we believe the message of Jesus is not for Christianity, but for humanity. So, we do everything in the spirit of love and grace.