NEIGHBOR’S TABLE – MY NEW FAVORITE WEBSITE

Sarah Harmeyer - the woman who's story of loving people around her backyard table for twenty inspired mine - has launched a website for her "Love Mission".   And it. is. amazing.   Neighborstable.com offers motivation, stories, and an online store.  You can even order a custom table for your backyard! If you have a … Continue reading NEIGHBOR’S TABLE – MY NEW FAVORITE WEBSITE

A CREATIVE WAY TO ORGANIZE HELP

One of the biggest challenges to hosting a community meal isn't necessarily asking for help, but knowing how to best organize the group of people who are willing.  So often doing things ourselves actually is easier than pausing every time someone comes through our front door to think through who is already doing which tasks, … Continue reading A CREATIVE WAY TO ORGANIZE HELP

BECAUSE COMMUNITY ISN’T A SYSTEM OF EVEN EXCHANGES

"I can't believe that you let me sign your table the first time I came to your house for dinner.  I'm surprised that you don't want to be sure that I'm going to come back." "Of course!" I replied, "Everyone who shares a meal with us at our table is invited to sign it regardless … Continue reading BECAUSE COMMUNITY ISN’T A SYSTEM OF EVEN EXCHANGES

HELP FOR PRACTICING AFFIRMATION

A significant part of what I do in practicing hospitality with a community of young adults is blessing and sending them into the next chapter of their story. Every time someone who attends our community dinners moves away - we go around the circle at our table and everyone speaks an affirmation over the member … Continue reading HELP FOR PRACTICING AFFIRMATION

PRACTICING HOSPITALITY TO MYSELF

Anyone who knows me at all knows that hospitality is my jam.  My table is where my purpose, passions, skills, resources, and the needs of my community intersect.  Hospitality has grown to be about so much more than hosting overnight travelers or having company over for dinner.  It isn't something I practice for one-time events … Continue reading PRACTICING HOSPITALITY TO MYSELF