Today I had soup for lunch.
And as I was eating my leftover minestrone, which was delicious, I realized just what a community effort that soup was. Kaitie helped find a recipe and create a shopping list. Emily went through the pantry to make sure that we didn’t buy ingredients that we had already. Sheana and I searched for the best deals at the Grocery Outlet Bargain Market. Bea chopped onions and garlic. Claire dragged our 17-quart crockpot over to the church to assemble the meal, and Christa ran back and forth between our back door and the basement of St. Stephen’s many times to make sure that everything was cooking on schedule.
So as I ate my soup, I thought of all the times that I have heated a packet of ramen or bought a cup of soup from the dining hall (cheapest meal on campus!), and I reflected on how much more I enjoyed this soup, because I knew the effort and time and love that went into it.
And food can be like that, can’t it? A sign of community, a symbol of service.
We are trying to embrace that each and every Sunday, as we host a free meal at St. Stephen’s Cathedral for anyone who would like to come in and enjoy some food. Meals are at 5 p.m., followed by programming for all ages at 6 and evening prayer at 7. If you would like to join us, please friend us on Facebook here—or just drop by the cathedral (221 North Front Street) on Sunday night.
The food will be full of love.
(I wrote this a couple of weeks ago, but we’ll be serving soup on Sunday! Also, the Root Group discussion at 6 is on the topic of creating an intentional inclusive space for people in the LGBT community.)