Besieged by that strange mixture of fatigue and adrenaline that often occurs during periods of grief, Jesus’ mother Mary, Joanna, James and Joseph’s mother Mary, and Mary Magdalene, wake before dawn to prepare the spices and herbs to care for Jesus' dead body. As the women walk to the tomb, the sky begins to lighten over their heads. Each one carries memories of Jesus’ teaching, of their shared ministry, and of joyful feasts shared with friends and strangers alike. Now, none of them can imagine a time when their heart will stop breaking, let alone be put back together. When they arrive at the tomb to their shock Jesus is not there. Two men in gleaming clothing appear to remind … [Read More...]
being church instead of going to church
At the intersection of food and spirituality, the Joyful Feast is an emerging network of people trying to recognize God’s presence around us and within us. In the midst of a fractured world, we do what Jesus did: we gather around common tables to share food, drink, and life with each other. We believe that good and sustainable food isn’t just for the privileged few—it’s a sacred gift intended for everyone. In all that we do, we strive to reconnect with each other, with the natural world, and with the divine.
observing Lent with the Joyful Feast
You’re invited to walk with the Joyful Feast through the season of Lent. Followers of Jesus use a variety of spiritual practices to observe Lent—a season of penitence, reflection, and self-denial. Adopting a daily practice in Lent can help us draw closer to God and closer to one another as a spiritual community. Consider one or more of the following:
Lenten Meditation Photo Challenge
Journey with us on social media by posting photos that represent a different theme each day. Click here for the full list of #FeastingOnLent words. To receive daily prompts with a brief meditation and scripture passage via email, click here to subscribe or update your email preferences and be sure to check the #FeastingOnLent box.
The Practice of Examen
Examen—derived from the Latin word “to examine”—is the intentional reflection on your “high” and your “low” for each day. This practice can lead to deeper self-awareness and an awareness of God at work in our lives.
Share a meal with family, friends, or strangers and experience the extraordinary community that can happen when we share ordinary meals together.
Keep it Local—and Sustainable
Commit to eating only local and sustainable meat throughout the 40 days of Lent. This practice can help put you in touch with the ways we are connected through God’s creation and the stewardship of God’s world via food production and consumption.
Keep it Veggie, Except on Feast Days
Eat vegetarian during the week, only eating meat (local and sustainable) on Sundays.
Break your Lenten Fast with us each Sunday during Lent
Do you know that the six Sundays in Lent are feast days, not fast days? Join us as we gather to feast, share communion, and enjoy fellowship. Our final feast of the Lenten season will be this coming Sunday, April 9 at 1:00 PM at Stone Brewing Richmond (4300 Williamsburg Ave.). We'll bring the meat. You bring a dish of any kind to share.
Did you know that the Easter Vigil is the oldest worship service in the Christian church? Also called the Paschal Vigil or the Great Vigil of Easter, it is the service that marks the first official celebration of the resurrection of Jesus each year. You’re invited to celebrate this ancient ritual with the Joyful Feast on the evening of Saturday, April 15. Details to follow, but count on roasted lamb and a journey through scripture from creation to the empty tomb.