If Harvest Fast Day got you thinking a bit about food security and those who do not have enough, CAFOD Birmingham has a great suggestion for you and your community this autumn…
Organise an Emmaus Meal – a meal shared together that reflects on the value of food in our lives and the lives of others. Through breaking bread together and reflecting on Scripture, Catholic Social Teaching and the experiences of our brothers and sisters who do not have enough food, our eyes are opened to the hungry body of Christ in our midst today.
The Oxford Chaplaincy held an Emmaus Meal last year and it was a great success. ‘The food was really delicious and different and along with the resources inspired meaningful reflection on the way we treat food in our lives. It was the perfect combination of a wonderful shared community meal and a time of learning and reflecting for all of us.’
The CAFOD resources include recipes for traditional dishes cooked in the homes of families who often struggle to have enough. Each dish is combined with a personal story and some questions to discuss as a group.
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org to order a free copy of the booklet, and visit the CAFOD website for additional resources such as a powerpoint to show at the beginning of the meal.