Workshop Title: “Maw’s Homemade Applesauce, or What Our Meal Memories Teach Us About the Authentic Hospitality of Jesus Christ”
Please come to this workshop hungry. Hungry for words. Hungry to share the significant meal memories of your life. Hungry to hear and connect with the stories of others. In sharing our stories about the meals of our lives, we will distill the important words and themes of authentic Christian hospitality, far more buttery and divine than secular definitions of hospitality. We will chew on the individual and corporate roles we have in bringing more Christian hospitality into the world. We will work on a menu of ways to create food community and hope for people who desperately need to share a bounteous meal with people who love.
Martha grew up hiking the Appalachian Trail with her Dad and is grateful for the long path that brought her back to the mountainous turf of Southwestern Virginia. She received her M.Ed. at Vanderbilt and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Spalding University and has taught middle school, high school, Chicago Traffic Safety School, at the Knoxville Police Department and at Virginia Western Community College. Her book, Love Feast: Together at the Table, is a collection of essays on the intersection of disability, faith and hospitality.
She loves the holy chaos of mothering, writing, teaching, baking and being married to an Episcopal bishop who travels. She will wear blue jeans and a sweatshirt and drink coffee all day.