What issues does the congregation seek to address and what is your vision for the community?
Brian Combs: Relational salvation is our primary issue — the Christian belief that our liberation is bound up in corporate fellowship, that we can't become our created selves without our neighbors, especially the neighbors we most avoid, feel least akin to, routinely dismiss. We incarnate this truth Eucharistically at worship and at the Downtown Welcome Table, believing that eating in equality, feeding — and being fed — is a foretaste. Our vision is to be a kingdom come glance of heaven on earth—a blended cadre of sinners and saints, housed and homeless, dirty and clean.
What are some of Haywood Street's current projects and initiatives?
The Downtown Welcome Table assumes that food is a primary means of grace, a way to love and connect. As there are no leftover people, we offer a homemade lunch every Wednesday, served family-style with a wait staff and linen napkins, to hundreds of downtown siblings. Never intending to be a soup kitchen or feeding line, we want our meal to be a crossroads of diverse community.
The Loaves and Fishes Bountiful Garden is doubling in size and harvest as master gardeners and weeding novices join together to make things grow. Fruits, vegetables and flowers supplement our fresh lunch and offer a place to glean for those who navigate the food desert of the homeless corridor in search of nourishment.
For more info: www.haywoodstreet.org or 575-2477. On Wednesdays, lunch begins at 11 a.m., followed by worship at 12:30 p.m.
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