Meeting People Where They Are
If a group of us gathers to eat from a buffet of food, I bet that no two plates will be identical. Some will not eat meat, some will eat some veggies but not others, some will eat a lot, and some will eat very little. The point is, the plates will be different. “Heilig tisch”, German, meaning Holy Table, frames these words about food, to also how we can think about our own beliefs and understanding about our faith and religion, and perhaps that of others.
All those plates of food from the buffet, so many differences and yet we still sit at the same table, together? No judgement, anger, or hatred? Why is it so difficult in our world that we have a hard time doing the same in the name of faith, religion, and church?
The Inclusive Life Center wants to continue to raise the flag of inclusiveness, not just tolerance, when it comes to people. Our job in life, should be to love others, meet other where they are, and to help one another, without stopping to inquire if they are worthy according to our own beliefs or standards.
Let us all come to the Heilig Tisch, with our own plates, regardless if what we believe or do not believe. I need you, you need me, and we are better together.
Mission, vision, direction… all important to understand about what an organization is about. We love people. Regardless of who they are, where they are from, who they love, or what they believe or do not believe. We know that they are beautiful, loved, and worthy. Just as they are.
Our work includes reach out to those who many consider the others, in prisons, on the streets, in between homes, those excluded from other organizations, those who are simply in need. Loving them, feeding them, advocating for them, treating them, like we hoped we would be treated if we were in their shoes.
People matter. Getting help matters. Help can’t wait. We sure could use your help. To the world you may only be one person. To one person, you may be the world!