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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.
This week one of our own, Lindsey Graves, spoke about her experience attending the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah. This conference gathers leaders and members of spiritual practices and religions from around the world to discuss peace and encourage interfaith dialogue. The speakers who attended encouraged everyone to act on their faith's messages to feed the poor, help the homeless, and fight injustice in the world. Lindsey shared how every night, a large vegetarian meal was cooked for all those attending the Parliament. Everyone sat down, shared a meal open to all, and enjoyed spending time with one another. All leftover food was given to a local homeless shelter, which was able to feed an additional 400-600 people. This meal is similar to the one made by Sikh tradition, who make enough food daily to feed anyone who desires to come and have a hot meal. These meals create a space to feel welcome, sit down as equals, converse, and learn from each other. In these communal meals, the faiths of all those who attend encourage peace, interfaith work, and feeding those in need. In this sense, the meals are a spiritual experience that feeds both the body and the soul.
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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.
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