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?
• How is the table to be a place of “sorrowful mourning and silent fasting, a place where brokenness is shouldered together?”
• Dialogue through Shauna Niequiest’s assertion that“Food is a language of care, the thing we do when traditional language fails us, when we don’t know what to say, when there are no words to say.” (Shauna Niequist, p. 14 of “On Bread and Wine,” Bread and Wine). What implications does her idea suggest?