“This was church. This was some real church,” someone admonished at the end of the meal. It was a meal shared in a cozy living room outside Boston where a small group of folks gathered to explore how we might do church that is grounded in connection and storytelling.
During that first dinner together we agreed that we should continue to meet for meals that nourish mind, body, and spirit.
Led by Rev. Mel and Rev. Megan, we began meeting once a month. Early in our exploration of how to craft services, Food Minister Rebecca joined the team. Bringing life to the church, Rebecca lovingly prepared the meals that nourished and sustained.
At Open Table we invite you to bring your whole self, just exactly as you are. Together we explore what it means to do and be church in a changing world.
The events of this changing world led us to create a second monthly service when members of the LGBTQ+ community felt the jolt of tragedy amidst annual Pride celebrations. In June 2016 the Orlando Massacre shook the queer community and folks quickly sought a place of safety and refuge. We gathered together for the first Queer Dinner Church that month and continue to have a monthly service for LGBTQ+ folks.
We were excited in the Fall of 2016 when we moved into the Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church where we could build a bigger table.
That table was rocked in July 2017 when Open Table Food Minister Rebecca passed away unexpectedly. Rebecca shared herself both in and out of the kitchen, and touched the lives of all she met. At Open Table we work to carry her light and honor her in all that we do.
Her light drew in folks with kind hearts and warm spirits. A beloved friend of Rebecca’s helped spread that light when she continued the ministry that Rebecca began. Lauryn joined the team as the Kitchen Witch in the Fall of 2017 and brings with her the magic of the earth. Her depth of knowledge is shared with the community as each meal provides a lesson in how the foods heal and nourish our bodies.
Sometimes the food we share comes in the form of snacks. In December 2017 we began a monthly Snacktivity. Each month we offer (hearty) snacks and an adventure of some kind. The activities range from games, to education, to spiritual practice exploration, to creative arts.
Each ministry has its own flair, but all are sure to nourish mind, body, and spirit