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This Is God’s Table: Finding Church Beyond the Walls by Anna Woofenden

This Is God’s Table: Finding Church Beyond the Walls by Anna Woofenden

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Can a barren city lot become a church?

This is the story of an audacious journey. Its the story of what happens when people garden, worship, and eat togetherand invite anyone and everyone to join them. In This Is Gods Table, writer and pastor Anna Woofenden describes the way that the wealthy and the poor, the aged and the young, the housed and unhoused become a community in this once-empty lot. Together they plant and sustain a thriving urban farm, worship God, and share a weekly meal. Together they craft a shared life and a place of authenticity where all are welcome. Readers of Nadia Bolz-Weber, Sara Miles, and Diana Butler Bass will find here a kindred vision for a church without walls.

As churches across the Western world wither, what would it take to find a raw, honest, gritty way of doing churchone rooted in place, nurtured by grace, and grounded in Gods expansive love? What would it take to carry the liturgy outside the gates? What if we were to discover that in feeding others, we are fed?

This is Gods table. Come and eat.

Review Quotes:

"If you are close to giving up on the church, or if you, like Anna Woofenden, feel an irrepressible seed of hope for the church growing in you, this is the book you've been waiting for."
--BRIAN D. MCLAREN, speaker, activist, and author of The Great Spiritual Migration
"This book is a beautiful glimpse into the hard and generous work of growing a church, a garden, and a community."
--CAROL HOWARD MERRITT, pastor and author of Healing Spiritual Wounds
Anna Woofenden is a writer, speaker, pastor, and leading voice in the food and faith movement. She is the founding pastor of the Garden Church in San Pedro, California, founder of Feed and Be Fed Farm, and cohost of the Food and Faith podcast. She serves as the Protestant chaplain at Amherst College and lives with her husband David in Northampton, Massachusetts. Woofenden is passionate about spirituality, justice, food, the earth, and community, and is driven by a calling to reimagine church. Connect with her at AnnaWoofenden.com