Fall Wednesday Evenings in the Choir Room
Sabbath, Food, and Wisdom from the Early Jesus Movement
October 15, 6:15pm—Celebration-of-Life Holy Eucharist and 7:00pm Teaching on Sacred Food
All are invited to join this potluck celebration offered by Episcopal nuns from the Community of the Holy Spirit’s Bluestone Farm in Brewster, New York. Attendees are asked to bring one small food item that is both locally and organically produced (local trumps organic if it’s one or the other), and edible in raw form (a few berries, radishes, or small tomatoes, a little “trees” of broccoli…), to be used for the Communion service. Finding such food items for city dwellers can be a challenge, but the process is informative.
October 22, 7:00pm-8:00pm—Eating Well For Everyone
Food Writers Jane Black, a former Washington Post food writer and Brent Cunningham, managing director of the Columbia Journalism Review, are a husband and wife team whose current project focuses on why eating well isn’t just a luxury of well-to-do foodies, but can positively transform entire populations. Their research has taken them to a rural town in West Virginia that has been working to change its food culture for the welfare of the whole community. In this talk, they will discuss the importance of the right message, the right messenger, and what role churches can play in reaching a broader audience.
October 29, 7:00pm-8:00pm—Food is Work
One of the country’s largest job generators is the food industry. Joel Berg, executive director of New York City Coalition Against Hunger, has worked extensively in the nonprofit and government sectors on innovative ideas for “moving society beyond the soup kitchen” by implementing policies that create jobs, raise wages, and strengthen government safety net programs. Come for this talk and discussion about ways our community might make a more sustainable impact on poverty.
November 5, 12, 19 and 26, 7-8pm—Gospel of Mary
If you’ve never heard of the Gospel of Mary, there’s a good reason. No one knew about this early Christian wisdom text until 1896, when it was discovered in a fifth-century papyrus codex in Egypt. CHR Program Director Lindsey Briggs will lead a four-week series delving into the Gospel of Mary using discussion, lectio divina, art and writing exercises. Please sign up with Lindsey (email@example.com) and, to get the most out of this intellectually challenging and spiritually enriching opportunity, we encourage you to attend all four sessions.