This Is God's Table: Finding Church Beyond the Walls
DescriptionCan a barren city lot become a church?
This is the story of an audacious journey. It's the story of what happens when people garden, worship, and eat together--and invite anyone and everyone to join them. In This Is God's 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 church--one rooted in place, nurtured by grace, and grounded in God's 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 God's table. Come and eat.
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--BRIAN D. MCLAREN, speaker, activist, and author of The Great Spiritual Migration
"If you are longing for a new vision for what 'the church' can be, read this story of hope and courage and let the hope for beloved community grow and flower in you."
--AMY BUTLER, public theologian and former senior minister of the Riverside Church
"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 tells an important story about taking chances. Everyone who reads This Is God's Table will discover that there really is enough right under our feet to make church together."
--PAUL D. FROMBERG, rector of St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church
"Does your imagination of what church can be need a new lens? Then This Is God's Table is the book you need."
--ELIZABETH HAGAN, pastor and author of Birthed and Brave Church
"People often ask me how to get millennials to come back to church. Many of the answers are in this book--we have to be willing to reimagine church, giving place to imagination and holy risk-taking."
--JANA RIESS, author of Flunking Sainthood and The Next Mormons
"Profoundly lovely, wise, challenging, and grace-haunted, This Is God's Table is a story every pastor, congregant, and Christian should read."
--COURTNEY ELLIS, pastor, speaker, and author of Almost Holy Mama and Uncluttered
"With stunning clarity and refreshing humility, Anna Woofenden reminds us that 'God is making church all over the place.' This book will nourish your soul and till the soil of your imagination."
--STEPHANIE LOBDELL, campus pastor at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and author of Signs of Life
"Through the lens of this small but mighty garden church, Anna Woofenden advances the tradition of Christian innovation while elucidating God's enduring care and relevance for us all."
--HARRISON BLUM, director of religious and spiritual life at Amherst College
"This Is God's Table shares the story not just of the Garden Church, but of a community strengthened together through its hunger."
--KENDALL VANDERSLICE, author of We Will Feast
"A gift for those longing to hear how to restore the streets, rebuild the ruins, repair the breach, and raise up the foundations of a new church."
--SARA MILES, author of Take This Bread and founder and founder and director of The Food Pantry