The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.
The gifts of earth are brought and prepared, set on the table.
So it has been since creation, and so it will go on.
“Perhaps the World Ends Here” – by Joy Harjo
Imagine the world as if it were a table: all things and persons seated together, giving and receiving, sharing and being sustained for the well-being of self and other. Imagine that human presence in the world did not pivot on schemes of domination and destruction, but instead on the posture of participation with God and all created things.
Crafting the Table, my 2017 Thesis Project, envisions that the world was first intended as a table of participation where humanity enjoyed a fullness of being, through work and eating. While community at the first table of creation has been fractured, a second table, The Lord’s Table, has restored the possibility of participation, once again, through work and eating.
From the Lord’s Table we move into the world and realize we are not surrounded by a collection of objects to be dominated, but a community of subjects to be called friends. We see the world once again as a table. Will we be participants?