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Food and Faith: Sharing the Harvest of Our Traditions
Saturday, November 22, 2008

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It was a cold November evening when fifty people of diverse religious and cultural backgrounds came together at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Granite Springs for “Food and Faith: Sharing the Harvest of Our Traditions.” The warm and joyful event was hosted by members of Unity Made Visible, which was recently accepted as a cooperation circle of the worldwide United Religions Initiative.

Everyone had been asked to bring food from their own tradition, so the sumptuous array of dishes was as varied as the crowd. All were welcomed by Bruce Barber, a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd who had originally found the United Religions Initiative on the Internet. Rabbi Carla Freedman began with a blessing of the “Viking bread,” which had thankfully been provided by Rev. Hans Hallundbaek, who offered a Christian blessing. A Muslim prayer was then recited by Dr. Mahjabeen Hassan, along with her three lovely nieces and nephew.


As the various tables took turns approaching the abundant buffet, guests explained the dishes they brought and their particular significance. These fascinating glimpses into different cultures included the importance of the “pot liquor” when cooking collard greens, why a Jewish holiday fish may be stuffed with dates, and what the dumplings are called in chicken paprikash. Among the tempting offerings were sweet potatoes with pecans, spectacular fried chicken, delectable latkes, and a very popular scalloped potato dish with poblano peppers that could not be identified with any particular tradition!


Before the abundant desserts were presented, Paul Storfer gave a brief history of Unity Made Visible. Deborah Moldow then introduced everyone to the global work of the United Religions Initiative and explained the Peace Pole on the buffet table.

Dessert and coffee were accompanied by a group sing-along. The first songs were led by Pastor Paul Briggs of Antioch Baptist Church and his family. Then guitarist Paul Storfer took the lead, with the support of a bass, another guitar, a piano and many small percussion instruments that enabled everyone to join in.

Everyone left humming, having enjoyed the food and the fellowship. “Food and Faith” will be back next year by popular demand. For more information on Unity Made Visible, please contact info@unitymadevisible.com.

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Food & Faith 2009 Last Updated on 2009-11-24 18:17:09 Unity Made Visible members gathered on Saturday evening, November 21, 2009 to share food, stories and laughter. As usual, the buffet was sumptuous and the company warm. Highlights included the Muslim blessing by Dr. Hassan and her grandchildren, who had also helped prepare the foods they contributed, and a hilarious talk on interfaith by Pastor Paul Briggs of Antioch Baptist Church. We are grateful to Pastor Peggy Fabrizio for Katonah Methodist Church's hospitality and her opening prayer, and also to Zannie Johnson and Gwen Brown-Murray for their perfect preparations! More »
Food & Faith 2008 Last Updated on 2009-02-21 14:36:32      Rabbi Carla Freedman Blessing.......Rev. Hans Hallundbaek Blessing........Bruce Barber Welcoming                                                  Gwen, Zannie and Bruce           How to Cook Greens.....................Kathy Explains the Fish.....................Caren Talks About Latkes              A Sumptuous Buffet!.............................................................................Deborah Cracks Up   Dr. Hassan and Children...................................................................A Young Guest Enjoys   Rev. Paul... More »