Supper Club: a Disruptive Ministry?
By: Lee-Ann Matthews, Supper Club Founder and Host
Sometimes I think that this Supper Club stuff is revolutionary. I mean in the sense that it disrupts our current understanding of “Church”. We tend to associate Church with pastors, pews and preaching, with an air of stoicism and seriousness. The traditional church is a place where we are generally not encouraged to formulate, never mind divulge, our opinions.
It’s fascinating to me that despite and extreme progress we have made over the centuries, we still find ourselves spiritually nourished by the most simple, humble and basic act of sharing a meal together. The truth is, I was wrong, there is nothing revolutionary here; we are simply returning to practices from the church’s inception.
Supper Club doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, there is no fancy attire, there are no hierarchies to uphold, very few rituals to perform….
Instead, it is a ministry of the people: conversation, food, reflection and friendship.
This simple approach has proven to be a powerful, profound and provocative expression of our faith.
Our September gathering was rich with insight and opinion, guests felt free to challenge concepts, assert ideas, to listen and to be heard throughout.
It does not come to pass every day in church settings that we feel safe enough to challenge the status quo. Yet, we know that this is something that is crucial for communities to thrive and develop.
I will close this blog with a quote from poet, Pádraig Ó Tuama, who says it way more eloquently than I and helps me to understand why I value this expression of church so much.
“We need ways of navigating our differences that deepen our curiosity, deepen our friendship, deepen our capacity to disagree, deepen the argument of being alive. This is what we need. This is what will save us. This is the work of peace. This is the work of imagination.” Pádraig Ó Tuama