Common Eating – Introduction and Overview.

Here are the links to the first, second, and third posts in the series.  As I continue I’ve decided to go away from numbering the title and will be using the designation for each weeks class instead.  Before I get into today’s post, there are a couple of housekeeping matters.The first is that I have decided to limit class size to 22 rather than 24.  The last class will be a formal potluck.  By that I mean people will be assigned what dishes to bring and the meal will proceed along the lines of a formal dinner, with instruction on what utensil to use when.  As a minister you should be prepared to dine in whatever circumstances you find yourself in and that includes formal settings.  Second, there is no textbook for the class, but there will be a fee charged to cover the cost of the meals that the class shares together.

Since everyone is paying the same fee, everyone will have the same budget to prepare their meal with.  The meals that are shared will have a budget, and everyone must stay within the budget.  I’m also thinking about the possibility of limiting the number of ingredients that each pair of students may use. Coffee, tea and water will be provided, the students will not have to take this into consideration in their budgeting.

For the first class, the professor, and you might by now have guessed that this is a course I’m developing with the idea of myself as professor, will prepare the meal.  First, that gives an example for the students to follow.  Second, the students need a chance to pair off.  Students will be given a few examples of potential meals they can prepare within their budgets as well as suggestions of where on the internet they may wish to look.

The class will get a chance to introduce themselves to each other during the meal, along with a brief response as to why they are taking this course.  After the meal, and this first week, one hour will be set aside with 30 minutes being the standard, the discussion will begin.

I would start this time by attempting to address any questions that had been raised during the mealtime introductions.  After which I would lay out some of my vision and hopes for the course.

Next, I would work my way through the course outline and class assignments.  I would suspect, at least for the first couple of times the course is taught (if it proves repeatable), there would be a lot of questions asked about the nature of the assignments.  Along with that, I would take time to go through the recommended reading list.

The class would end with the first Eucharist, which I would lead.  Before getting to that, the students would have to have joined together in their pairings.  This pairing would be responsible for one meal and one Eucharist.  These would be on the same week.  I am open to the idea of the Eucharist being the extension of the opening meal.  This would lengthen the opening meal, but not the whole class.

It’s possible that material would have to be added into this class to fill the allotted three hours.  However, for the first couple of times through I’d like to leave things on the lean side, to allow for any unexpected situations that may arise.

Again, I welcome any and most comments(I don’t like the ones that might be featured in a Monty Python song).  You can comment in the comment section below or send me a tweet @anglibubs.


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