Stone Soup Sharing, Caring

This year marks the 5th Annual Stone Soup Fundraiser. The Stone Soup Fundraiser serves to raise money to support the programs of the Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba. The council is a volunteer organization that lends support to schools that run breakfast and other feeding programs in their schools. (what goes into a program can be found here). At present there are 165 schools* that receive support split evenly between Winnipeg and other areas of the province.

*I was informed after publication that the number of schools helped has now reached over 200.

The fundraiser is Wednesday, March 22, 11:15 am to 1:15 pm, Manitoba Hydro Place, 360 Portage Avenue. Tickets are $10,00 which let you taste three soups along with bread, water and fruit being available. I have a noon service so I’ll be there as soon as it opens at 11:15 am. Look for the guy in the dog collar and come and say hello.

I’ve taken in the Fundraiser for the last couple of years. I wrote about my experience back in 2015. The Council is something I believe in because it offers not only healthy food alternatives, but it teaches children skills in the kitchen, and brings them together to eat.

This year, Viola Prowse, head of the council, got in touch with me and asked if I would be interested in writing something about the event. I happily said yes. I was sent a list of the restaurants involved and noticed right off that there was a fair bit of turnover from previous years. It turns out this is in part because there are so many restaurants and/or chefs wanting to be part of this event.  Continue reading


Berry: Bringing it to the Table

If you write about food long enough the name Wendell Berry will eventually come up. Berry, a Kentuckian, is a farmer, poet, novelist, and food activist. Bringing it to the Table: On Farming and Foodbrings together some of his thoughts on those subject spanning the last four decades.

Berry cover

Cover shot, Bringing it to the Table

Bringing it to the Table is a collection of Berry’s essays, focused on farming and farmers, along with a selection of his fiction dealing with the subject of food and eating together. The first two sections, on farming and farmers make up the bulk of the book.  Continue reading

Winnipeg 2016 Fall Suppers

It’s that time of the year again. Time to start thinking and planning ahead for fall suppers. This year’s Winnipeg 2016 Fall Suppers post is my third annual. As always, I encourage you to check out Orest Kinasevych to find out the locations and times for fall suppers outside of the city.

The list for 2016 is as always, a work in progress. You can leave information for any Winnipeg 2016 Supper that you’d like to see in the comments below email me at revbubs at shaw dot ca. The number of dinners on the list grew last year, and I’d like to see it get even larger this year.

You’ll notice that like last year there is a mix of style and pricing to these suppers. I hope to appeal to people in a broad range of financial positions, but also to give people the opportunity to learn about many great organizations operating in Winnipeg.

Winnipeg 2016 Fall Suppers

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Maundy Thursday Mealtime

*Feel free to leave any thoughts on this post, or Maundy Thursday in general, in the comments.

Paten & Chalice on Maundy Thursday.

Bread and wine for the Maundy Thursday Service.

Today is Maundy Thursday.  It is the beginning of the Triduum, the Church’s great three day worship service.  Maundy Thursday marks the occasion where Jesus institutes the Lord’s Supper, washes his disciples feet and says, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  (John 13:34,35; NRSV)

Over the course of Lent 2014, I lead a group of parishioners from St. Philip’s in a study of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together.  While doing this I also read some of Bonhoeffer’s other writing. I started on this post then, but it has taken me two years to get to the point where I am ready to finish it.

I came across this while going through Letters and Papers From PrisonWriting to his friend Eberhard Bethge: …”First, I very much miss meal-time fellowship.  Everything I get from you for my material enjoyment becomes here a reminder of my table-fellowship with you.  So may not this be an essential part of life, because it a reality of the Kingdom of God?” Continue reading

Keeping Advent out of Christmas

Yesterday marked the beginning of Advent. Keeping Advent involves a time of waiting and preparation. Often this preparation and waiting gets linked to the Christmas season. As a result you’ll hear people talking about keeping Christmas out of Advent. This is a good practice. There is so much rush associated with the Christmas season, which seems to become more intense every year, that Advent can easily be overrun.

Keeping Advent Sermon:

While covering the same themes, the recorded sermon is different from the text in this post.

I’d like to suggest that as well a keeping Christmas out of Advent we should be keeping Advent out of Christmas. Let me explain. Traditionally, the waiting associated with Advent is for Christ’s second coming not his first. As such Advent is just as much if not more so, properly connected back to the Reign of Christ that immediately precedes it. Continue reading