“All great change begins at the dinner table.” (Ronald Reagan)
Isn’t it uncanny how often significant conversations begin while seated around a table? Be they first coffee dates, university discussion groups, Sunday family lunches, funny stories shared around a campfire, or the significance of the wedding banquet across cultures worldwide, conversation grows relational connection, often facilitated by the sharing of food and drink. How can you begin a weekly practice of curated, intentional conversations, seated around a table of your choosing?
Here are a few questions to kickstart your conversation:
• What insight has stuck with you this past month from reading the essay introducing Ordinary Time, “Conscious Partial Attention?”
• How has your growing awareness of technological creep influenced your life and relationships?
• Pick a current world/cultural conflict (Israelis vs. Palestinians, the West vs. ISIS, LGBTQ community vs. conservative Evangelical Christians) and discuss how the dialogue between the two sides could shift if they shared a meal around a common table.
• How did Jesus’ invitation to his closest friends to “Come and have breakfast” convince them that this was the Lord? What was it about his act of hospitality that convinced them (see John 21:1-14)?