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Mary Henley Lecture Series at UUMC -The Table and The Kitchen
April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
CHURCH + FARM + KITCHEN:
The Table Politics of Jesus
Hosted by University UMC Environmental Stewardship Team
7:00 p.m. in The Chapel at University UMC
What does it mean that before Jesus died, he invited his disciples to a share a meal with him? Could it be that when we eat, we make social, economic, political, moral, and theological statements with our mouths, minds, and bodies? Who is at the table? Who is missing? What story does the food have to tell? How do we express and contribute to God’s love for the world in the ways we eat?
This year’s Mary Henley Lecture speakers live with the conviction that The Lord’s Table is central to helping us live into the “table politics” of Jesus. Unlike the acrimonious politics of which we have all become weary, the table politics of Jesus are an invitation to peace and deep community.
April 19: The Table and the Kitchen
Vimala Rajendran, Curryblossom Café
Vimala Rajendra, who hosted one of “Lunch on the Lawn” meals last fall, will tell the story of her acclaimed Chapel Hill restaurant Vimala’s Curryblossom Café which she opened in 2010 with the support of her “beloved community” and drawing on her experience with the donation based community meals she hosted for many years in her home. Vimala will talk about the challenges, rewards, and victories along the path of finding new and creative ways to feed her community as she navigates operating a restaurant, employing local people at fair wages, sourcing ingredients from local farmers, and offering delicious food to everyone. “When Vimala cooks, everybody eats!” Vimala is an activist in grassroots media, international peace, stopping domestic violence, and welcoming refugees to the table.