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Pre-order your copy(ies) of New Church Minister and Author, Rev. Anna Woofenden’s upcoming first book, “This is God’s Table. Finding Church Beyond the Walls.” By Herald Press.
From the Back Cover (and AnnaWoofenden.com)
Can a barren city lot become a church?
This is the story of an audacious journey. It’s the story of what happens when people garden, worship, and eat together—and invite anyone and everyone to join them. InThis Is God’s Table, writer and pastor Anna Woofenden describes the way that the wealthy and the poor, the aged and the young, the housed and unhoused become a community in this once-empty lot. Together they plant and sustain a thriving urban farm, worship God, and share a weekly meal. Together they craft a shared life and a place of authenticity where all are welcome. Readers of Nadia Bolz-Weber, Sara Miles, and Diana Butler Bass will find here a kindred vision for a church without walls.
As churches across the Western world wither, what would it take to find a raw, honest, gritty way of doing church—one rooted in place, nurtured by grace, and grounded in God’s expansive love? What would it take to carry the liturgy outside the gates? What if we were to discover that in feeding others, we are fed?
This is God’s table. Come and eat.
In this age, where our futures can be unsure, finances unstable and friendships unnatural, why should be we charitable to our fellow human? Doesn’t it make better sense to look out for ourselves; be safe, and not take chances in a dangerous world? In the mid-1700’s, Swedenborg argued that charity, doing good with thought of no reward, was one of the foundations of religious practice. In practicing charity, especially with the “other,” we might just prevent the next atrocity.