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Sunday Gathering

November 27 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Great Questions

Sundays at the Central Park Place  (Mackinaw Ballroom, 421 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven)

Masks are optional at our In-Person Gathering. The decision of whether or not to wear a mask will be up to each individual.

  • 9:00 a.m. Pre-Talk: In Person
    Meet the morning’s teacher in a small group setting for an open discussion of the morning’s theme.
  • 10:00 a.m. GatheringIn Person + Livestream on Facebook
    Welcome, readings, meditation from a community member, teaching, and music
  • 10:00 a.m. C3 Kids: In Person (Woodbine Room)
  • 11:00 a.m. Talk Back: In Person
    A chance to share questions, comments, and stories related to the morning gathering.

Program for Sunday, November 27, 2022

Sunday, November 27, 2022

The Great Questions

What if we began (and ended) with thanks?

Gathering Host: Nelleke Knarr

Music: Kyle Rasche

Meditation: Andy Cawthon

Moment of Silence

Music: Kyle Rasche

Readings/Teaching: Kent Dobson

The pleasure of eating should be an extensive pleasure, not that of the mere gourmet. People who know the garden in which their vegetables have grown and know that the garden is healthy will remember the beauty of the growing plants, perhaps in the dewy first light of morning when gardens are at their best. Such a memory involves itself with the food and is one of the pleasures of eating. The knowledge of the good health of the garden relieves and frees and comforts the eater. The same goes for eating meat. The thought of the good pasture and of the calf contentedly grazing flavors the steak. Some, I know, will think it bloodthirsty or worse to eat a fellow creature you have known all its life. On the contrary, I think it means that you eat with understanding and with gratitude. A significant part of the pleasure of eating is in one’s accurate consciousness of the lives and the world from which food comes. The pleasure of eating, then, may be the best available standard of our health. And this pleasure, I think, is pretty fully available to the urban consumer who will make the necessary effort. Eating with the fullest pleasure—pleasure, that is, that does not depend on ignorance—is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world. In this pleasure we experience and celebrate our dependence and our gratitude, for we are living from mystery, from creatures we did not make and powers we cannot comprehend.  When I think of the meaning of food, I always remember these lines from the poet William Carlos Williams, which seem to me merely honest:

There is nothing to eat,

seek it where you will,

but the body of the Lord.

The blessed plants

and the sea, yield it

to the imagination intact.

— Wendell Berry, Essay – The Pleasures of Eating 

Music: Kyle Rasche

Gathering Host: Nelleke Knarr

Music: Kyle Rasche(end)


November 27
9:00 am - 12:00 pm