The Feast is a brand new monthly gathering that is meant to tell and celebrate the stories of abundance when our host culture would rather cast the narrative of scarcity. It is an initiative of the DWCC that will be hosted at All Saints Anglican Church in their Parish Hall on the first Sunday of the evening of the month at 6pm.
As the DWCC, part of our ethos is collaboration. Our desire is to connect and collaborate across church networks and to encourage each other, celebrate God at work in our midst, and cast a hopefully imaginative lens for our city.
We want to lead with story. This means the little stories of faithful presence, hope, joy, failure, lament, and all of the mixed emotions we encounter in our days. It also includes the big story of God at work throughout history in the person of Jesus. Each gathering will features stories from different people, as well as different types of stories: celebration, lament, abundance, and loss.
Another element of our shared human experience is music. Songs tell another layer of our story, serving as connection points for our humanity, and opportunities to experience the wonder and transcendence of God through a common melody and lyric. Music forms us as people, and the longterm hope of the Feast is that we would begin to write our own music.
Spoken word, poetry, and the visual arts are some of the ways the prophets of our day celebrate and lament. If creativity is at the forefront of what we are trying to do together, then art and its many forms is something we should endeavour to delve into together.
One of the desires that undergirds the Feast is that of offering hope where the narrative is despair. Imagination offers us the chance to see things in a new way, to refute the narrative of the dominant culture and participate in the creation of something new together.
The Feast culminates in the Eucharistic meal together. We pause to remember, to taste and see the goodness of God, and we ponder the great mystery of the incarnation, how Jesus became bread and wine that is blessed, broken, given out, and eaten. The Eucharist is a feast of abundance, eaten in the face of scarcity.