Friday, September 11, 2009

Remembering That The Mass Is A Meal

In Ventura County, California, a new community-supported agriculture program, or CSA, has been launched to provide locally grown produce to its subscribers and reintroduce young people to the ancient vocation that built our country and sustains our lives. My colleague the Rev. Julie Morris, married to a fourth-generation farmer, has got the Episcopal Church right in the middle of things with the fruit of the earth aka the sacred bread and wine:

When she started an Episcopal/Lutheran ministry at [California State University] Channel Islands, the group dubbed itself the Abundant Table because its “worship experience is centered around the sacred meal of the Eucharist, the Holy Communion that feeds us,” Morris said. “Plus, it was a reflection of the rich agricultural community all around us.”

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