In our 360 projects, we bring together what belongs together. Too often, we treat church life and ministry like a pizza: a slice of worship, a slice of education, a slice of service in the community, etc.
At Vine Street, we want to integrate what we do in those areas: the life of faith is not a pizza, but more like a circle where all points are defined by a common center. Our work, our worship, our family life, our study, our hopes, our fellowship – they all share, we all share a common center in the God who meets us in Jesus Christ.
360 is the sum of all angles. 360 is our way of saying, “We want to look at this from as many angles as possible. We want to experience this as completely as possible. We want to bring together what we know belongs together.”
hunger:360 is our second 360 project. Why hunger? That’s the question. Our gardens, fields and farms produce more than enough food for all, and yet there is persistent, deadly hunger on every inhabited continent. In November, the Department of Agriculture reported that here in the United States the number of Americans who lacked consistent access to adequate food soared last year, to 49 million. The government began tracking what is now commonly called “food security” 14 years ago, and the number of men, women, and children lacking “food security” has never been higher.
During Lent this year, beginning with Ash Wednesday on February 17, we will bring hunger and faith together to see how and where they touch.
We will study, we will fast, we will prepare and serve meals, we will pray, we will map our pantries, we will walk, we will read, we will trust the God of abundance in the deserts of scarcity.
hunger:360 offers us opportunities to
- talk with Tallu Schuyler, Executive Director of Mobile Loaves and Fishes, about hunger in Nashville, and how we can address it
- hear Kevin McCoy, Coordinator of the Nashville CROP Walk, who is passionate about the work of Church World Service and its fight against hunger
- prepare meals and serve them in unfamiliar places in our city
- walk through a photography exhibit in our sanctuary
- pray with Jesus, the bread of life
- watch a movie about a community garden project in L.A.
- tour Second Harvest Foodbank
- ask ourselves what hunger drives our insatiable consumerism
- talk with Prof. Douglas Heimburger from the Vanderbilt Institute of Global Health about the effects of hunger and malnutrition on the human body
- read Sara Miles, Take This Bread and discuss it in a small group
- participate in the Nashville CROP Walk
- map our pantries and refrigerators and find out where all this food comes from
- worship God with our whole being
Watch for updates on individual events on this website.
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