Unexpected Guests at the Table

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When and Where:
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
at Christian Theological Seminary

Shelton Auditorium, 1000 W. 42nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

Special Venue Instructions: Parking in 42nd Street lot.
Callie Smith, Marti Steussy

Free, non-perishable food or monetary donations requested for Gleaner's Food Bank.

Event Description:

Preliminary audio-visual segments will introduce stories of local people with different spiritual perspectives who “heard the call” to feed the hungry. The emcee will open with reflections on the significance of hearing stories from different faith perspectives about why their communities feed the hungry. Marti Steussy, George Kelley (Education Director at Congregation Beth-El Zedeck), and Khabir Shareef (actor and historical interpreter with Storytelling Local storytellers will then share the stories from Islamic, Jewish and Christian scriptures which have inspired their communities to feed people as a spiritual act.

Audience members themselves will then have a chance to join in the discussion about experiences with feeding and being fed. The performance section will conclude with reflections on hunger relief as integral to religious traditions practiced within Indiana.

Following the event, participants will proceed to the Common Room for a post-performance reception with refreshments, displays by Indiana organizations involved with hunger issues, as well as informal conversation with organization representatives about local stories of inspiration and success. Audience members will have opportunities to continue to share their stories and to explore ways they can become involved with local hunger relief efforts to make a difference in this community.

This program has been made possible through a matching grant from the Indiana Humanities Council in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is part of Food for Thought, which engages Hoosiers in discussions about food and how it helps define Indiana’s culture. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this event do not necessary represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Indiana Humanities Council.