Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Our Lunch with the PBA Diversity Group

On Sunday, September 30, 2018, Lansdowne Baptist Church hosted the head of the Philadelphia Baptist Association's Diversity Group, Rev. Julia Bruton-Sheppard. Members and friends of Lansdowne Baptist shouldered the jobs of setting up and providing favorite foods from their lives. Accompanying the food were stories associated with those foods and meals held in the past. The idea was that food brings us all together. As Reverend Julia observed, food is a powerful unifying force when God's Holy Spirit is involved.


Honestly, I should have taken pictures during the story
telling, but I was too wrapped up then in listening
and enjoying to do anything else. 
With my background in archaeology, I observed that throughout human history breaking bread together has been directly associated with hospitality.

We had dishes from all over the country and from Africa to try. By the time everyone was fed (and we could have fed a great many more), and each story was told, we were a much closer group. All the ways society tries to separate us seemed to dissolve in the face of favorite foods and stories everyone could relate to. I highly recommend this exercise for every church, every group, everybody. It was a blessed afternoon. We were fed physically and spiritually. 

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