You have permission

Nancy and I were walking through a cool store at a cool mall. I saw a cookbook called Sunday Suppers.

FullSizeRender (3)Karen Mordechai takes pictures. Really well. She says that she’s a food lover. And so she started having people over for supper on Sunday evenings, to share food and conversation and build community.  She’s called the the founder of Sunday Suppers, “a Brooklyn-based food community and blog” but Ithink that means she just had some friends over and they decided that it was good to slow down and be together around food. 

I’m pretty sure she didn’t ask permission. I’m pretty sure that she didn’t go to an organization and get permits, or run a poll and decide whether to fix meals or start a bowling league, or run a series of ads. From what I can tell she said, “Come and eat.” Maybe she even said, “And would you bring dessert?” 

At the very beginning of what we call “The Church”, one historian writes, Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,  praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.” They went to morning prayers, they went to work, and they loved to get together for supper. I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a big agenda, no training programs. In fact, they were mostly talking about the things Jesus said during the past three years and whether the fact that he came back to life gave him credibility. And they agreed that it did. 

I’m part of the staff that works at a church. People sometimes think that we, the staff, should start programs for people to get together. I think I’ll start saying, “Be like Karen Mordechai. Don’t ask permission, just ask people over for supper.”


4 thoughts on “You have permission

  1. Lillian Lake

    Good morning! Thank you for this! I’ve followed Sunday Suppers for sometime, in part because of the fabulous food they show on instagram. Mostly, however, because the concept reflects my business philosophy. Food brings people together. It’s not about buildings or numbers, it’s about people and food is the conduit.


    1. Jon Swanson

      Well said, Lillian. Some of our best recent memories are sitting around a table in Maine. The food part is fun, and gives us an excuse to sit down. But it’s the conversation, the people, the love, that keep us sitting at the table.


  2. Rich Dixon

    And from this corner of the room, a hearty “Amen!” And we could move on from there to radical ideas like “You don’t need programs or permission to start running (even for a cause) or serving those in need.”

    Sorry, I get carried away. 🙂


    1. Jon Swanson

      But didn’t you have an exploratory committee before you started riding across the country? Wait. You ust did it. And the community followed. Even if it was just Subway sandwiches at the edge of Iowa.

      I’m suddenly realizing how much community I’ve found sitting face-to-face and side by side eating with my internet friends.


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