From Compassion to Courage; From Prayer to Prayerful Action
A Gathering to Share a Meal and our Thoughts.
By Bruce Dienes
The past few months have been increasingly filled with voices that polarize and isolate, encouraging anxiety and mistrust, fostering fear of “others” and of strangers… and now, the unthinkable has happened – six of our fellow Canadians, Muslim men at prayer, were gunned down. Since then Jewish cemeteries have been defaced, and threats of violence have been made against Muslim students at a Canadian university.
In this anxious and confusing time, WAICC – the Wolfville and Area InterChurch Council – would like to offer a space for people to gather, share a meal, hear voices asking questions that are on many hearts, and discuss ways we can come together and stay together in the midst of it all.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 5pm-9pm at The Wolfville Farmers’ Market
Come at 5pm with an ingredient for our Stone Soup, meet one another, and share a soup supper at 6pm. At 7pm, the more formal part of the Gathering will begin with speakers sharing how we can sustain compassion, challenge fear, build resilience, and walk in solidarity with our neighbours. Small group discussions will follow.
Cost? Freewill offering to cover expenses.
If you would like to bring a contribution for our shared soup, please do – a package of pasta, a can of beans (kidney, black, mung, lentils, etc.), fresh or frozen vegetables, etc. We will add these ingredients to the soups (and we’ll have options for vegan, vegetarian, etc.)
If you have questions or would like to volunteer to help set up, see waicc.org/news. Everyone is welcome to participate in this gathering – who knows where it will take us?