Growing up, the word "feast" conjured up images of a medieval king at a long table filled with succulent meat, sweet fruits, and fragrant pies. He had a flagon of ale in one hand and a turkey leg in the other. As juices from the food and drink ran down his beard, he would wipe clean with the sleeve of his royal robe. Gathered around him were those that had sworn allegiance to him. There was laughter inspired by the court jester and music for dancing played by the minstrels. There was plenty of food and drink for everyone. In reality, however, for some a feast may be nothing more than a cup of rice. Nearly 21,000 people—mostly children—die every day from starvation or related illness. I’ve … [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 on Sundays throughout the season of Lent. Our first feast will be this coming Sunday, March 5 at 12:30 PM at Triple Crossing Brewery (113 Foushee St., Richmond, VA 23220). We'll bring the meat. You bring a dish of any kind to share.
Table Talk: Take This Bread by Sarah Miles
Early one morning, for no earthly reason, Sara Miles, raised an atheist, wandered into a church, received communion, and found herself transformed—embracing a faith she’d once scorned. That first bite of Eucharist would become the catalyst which would inspire Sara and her community to start nearly a dozen food pantries in the poorest parts of San Francisco, CA. On Monday, March 27 at 7:30 PM we'll gather to discuss this book at The Urban Farmhouse in Scott's Addition (3015 Norfolk St., Richmond, VA 23230). Food and drink are on us!
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.