One of the links in the chain of goodness and resistance is the symbiosis of food and faith.
This table is whence all goodness flows, it is where we can be honest about who we are, who we really are. This is how fear falls away, because this is perfect love, and perfect love casts out fear.
Over the weeks of lockdown, as we flicked through cook books together, I nurtured an interest in cooking and my six-year-old found a purpose to his reading. We learned the rewards of patience side-by-side.
If there is a Barth-inspired menu, perhaps we should begin not at a table in Basel or in the aisles of Migros, but at the end of Luke’s testimony to the birth of God.
Faiths United has produced a video sketch highlighting the unity of different faith groups across the UK. Watch Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, the Rev. Richard Coles, and others singing along to ‘Lean On Me’ in a joyous celebration of the amazing work of Faiths United during the COVID crisis and every day.
Martinmas is a holiday for food, wine, and community. It’s a fantastic day to launch Dinner at the Vicarage. We hope you’ll join us for dinner!
Watch Giles Fraser and Richard Coles live from their kitchens about the ‘terroir of place and faith’, the gustatory joys of rural ministry, the religious significance of home, and the dangers of posting food pictures on Twitter.
This is the challenge for the Church today; to reconnect the spiritual potential that bursts out of an area of life like winemaking, with the underlying reality of God’s vision for creation.
For this small parish wine has afforded a God-given opportunity to connect with parishioners who would not sign up to a Bible study and who may not watch online worship.
In Christ, we are more than the sum of our parts, more than any number of fragmentary episodes. It is my faith that all those moments, fragments which make up the broken whole, might be gathered up and made something much, much more.