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.
this is the joyful feast
We all have big questions—questions of ultimate concern—but we don’t all have a place free of judgement to discuss those questions. The Joyful Feast hopes that CRAFTing Connections might be that place for you. On the first Tuesday of each month we gather at a local brewery to make connections with each other, enjoy good beer, and explore life’s big questions.
On the third Monday of each month we gather at the Urban Farmhouse in Scott’s Addition to discuss a book related to our developing mission. We’re currently exploring race relations as we discern how our practice of table fellowship can be a catalyst for reconciliation.
Coming to the Table
Putting our exploration of racial reconciliation into practice, on the fourth Monday of each month we are joining a local gathering of Coming to the Table, a national a national organization working to heal the wounds of slavery and racism. One of the ways they do this is by gathering together diverse groups of people to share a meal and engage in conversation. The Joyful Feast is providing food and Coming to the Table-RVA is providing discussion facilitation.