Though it is rarely acknowledged, most Christian worship is based on the ancient notion that a transcendent deity—almost always depicted anthropomorphically as a male king—sits on a throne in heaven waiting (or demanding) the adoration of his human subjects, who bow down before him in awe, fear, and gratitude, singing praises to his name and trying to pacify his anger over offenses or wrongdoing. The only modification most forms of Christianity have made to this pattern is to depict Jesus sitting on the right hand of God's throne, also receiving worship as a divine king. The church—despite the Reformation's emphasis on the priesthood of all believers—continues to operate as the mediator … [Read More...]
“being church instead of going to church”
The Joyful Feast exists to facilitate connections and relationships between all people so that we can partner with the divine in the healing of our fractured world.
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.
Coming to the Table
Putting our exploration of racial reconciliation into practice, on the fourth Monday of each month we join 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 provides food and Coming to the Table-RVA provides discussion facilitation.