A very wise word from the current email letter of Evangelicals for Social Action –

Holistic Ministry
The Holy Meal
by David Michaux

Ever wonder why events go so much better with food involved? A $15 lunch ticket, a $3 bottle of sparkling cider, or even a 99-cent cup of coffee can turn a potentially awkward situation into one easily managed, an acquaintance into a friend, or an enemy into a neighbor. Imagine the impact in your church! Say you want to reach out to the atheist, the gay man, or the [insert hurt demographic here] on your street. Try taking him to lunch. Something happens around the table: We shed our stereotypes and become simply human. And this is where healing can begin. Maybe that is why one of Jesus’ most oft-remembered events is a shared meal.

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