“Building A Bigger Table” Actions

All spring, we’ve been exploring stories about Jesus and hospitality through the lens of “A Bigger Table,” but how do we both create and participate in a bigger table every day?

Here are a few ideas to invite a Bigger Table into your life. These are not a script but a jumping off point that we hope people will use and adapt based on their own needs and comfort level. We’ve grouped them together under the headings of our community covenant.

BECOME SELF-AWARE

  • Ride the bus or walk to work without using your cell phone. Pay attention to the people and things you see.
  • Take a journal with you on a walk—downtown, through your neighborhood, in the mountains. Write down what you notice.
  • Pay attention to who you speak to before and after a service at Highlands Church. Consider introducing yourself to someone new.

COMMUNICATE TRUST TOGETHER

  • Introduce yourself to people who live around you.
  • Attend a community event where you might not know anyone. Welcome the chance to be a guest.
  • Agree to say yes to every invitation that comes your way for a given week or month.

SEEK GOD TOGETHER

  • Write a note to someone at Highlands Church who inspires you to love God. Tell them how they have done so.
  • Ask a friend or organize a group to take a hike. Here are a few for inspiration: http://bit.ly/COspringhikes.
  • Volunteer to greet people as they enter Highlands Church or to serve in Communion.
  • Plan a picnic—potluck style!

RESPECT EACH OTHER

  • Invite different groups of people to your house for dinner. For instance, if you normally invite families over to dinner, invite a single person to join you. If you typically have dinner with people your age, invite someone older or younger than you.
  • Create a practice of meeting someone new for coffee or tea once a week or once a month. Use the time to practice listening and understanding others’ stories.
  • Read a book or watch a play that expands your capacity for empathy. Find a story about someone whose life experience is different from your own.

Many thanks to Paul Bindel for creating these suggestions for us.