A WEEKEND WITH KENDALL VANDERSLICE
Longing for a more intimate, nontraditional worship experience? One modeled after the earliest Christian gatherings described in Acts?
Come learn more about Dinner Church, where people come together to break bread, share a healthy meal and strengthen our bonds with God and each other. Our workshop facilitator will be Kendall Vanderslice – bread baker, author of We Will Feast and leader in the Christian food movement.
Kendall Vanderslice is a dinner church participant and leader as well as a pioneering researcher. She’s a writer and baker who studies the intersection of food and theology. She is a graduate of Wheaton College (BA Anthropology), Boston University (MLA Gastronomy), and Duke Divinity School (Master of Theological Studies). She writes regularly for Christianity Today, Faith & Leadership, and Christ and Pop Culture and lives in Durham, North Carolina with her big-eared beagle named Strudel.
Formed through her experiences in a range of denominations, Kendall longs to foster dialogue seeking unity of the Church. She is convinced that Christ offered a meal specifically for its power to unite and to heal.
In her first book, We Will Feast: Rethinking Dinner, Worship, and the Community of God, Kendall offers a way forward for those hungry for intimate community, those aching over congregational decline, and those wounded by divisions in the Church.
The Dinner Church model – growing in popularity across the country – includes meal-centered worship, where diverse participants read scripture, sing and pray together. Just as important, they engage in honest dialogue around the table that encourages reconciliation and healing.
Our weekend with Kendall at Plainsong Farm will include two different, hands-on workshops. You are welcome to register for both or just one.
Bread Baking as Spiritual Practice: SATURDAY, JUNE 22
Kendall writes, “Like the baker who feels her stress soften in response to the dough between her fingers, I too am learning to recognize baking as an honor. What a gift to know so intimately the magnificence of God’s material world. What a gift to comprehend the chain of culinary reactions. What a gift to be transformed as I craft food for another.
My favorite thing to bake is bread. A complex, well-structured bread takes at least 12 hours to make. As the dough rests, it begs the baker to put her trust in the hardly visible growth taking place. It asks the baker to attune himself to the temperature of the water and flour and surrounding air and to learn the habits of the levain — the culture of yeasts and bacteria used to leaven and flavor bread.”
While participants make bread, you’ll also discover how breadmaking can enrich your spiritual life. Leave with handouts for learning and reflection and fresh loaves or dough to bake at home. This workshop will be held from 2 to 4:30 on Saturday, June 22nd. Registration fee: $20. Register here.
Dinner Church 101: SUNDAY, JUNE 23
Learn about the history, theology and social theory behind the Dinner Church movement. Find out how you can create a table-centered worship experience tailored to your own community. Followed by a sample Dinner Church service. This workshop, including dinner and worship, will be held from 2:30 to 7pm on Sunday, June 23rd. Registration fee: $40 (includes a simple meal and workbook). Register here.
You are welcome to attend one or both of these events!