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Community Dinners

So I met this guy at a hippie coffee house in Toledo, and he told me about a group of artists at the Collingwood Arts Center. They're all poets, and some are other kinds of artists, too. Realizing that most of this talented group fit the term "starving artists," we decided to ask the group over for a chili supper in the end of September 2007. It was a night of such great community and joy and art that, well, we just had to do it again! Then we did it again! And again! And...well, you get the picture.

That first dinner together with 15 or 18 of our artist friends turned into the LifeLine Community Dinner. It takes place the first Saturday night of each month at the North's house in Toledo. It's a "come when you can; leave when you must" sort of event - and LifeLine Steve will usually try to inhibit the departure of anyone who tries to leave too early! It's always a great night of food, conversation, poetry, live music, bonfires and more. There's always a LOT of food. People come from all walks of life, and learn to love being together. At any given time, there are 8th grade dropouts and Ph.D's, and everything in between; people with no house and others living in mansions in the suburbs, and everything in between; people with no jobs and people who are CEO's, and everything in between. The beauty of it is that there is no "us and them" at this gathering; it's just all "us." You can't tell who's who, and there's no reason to try. There are typically around 100 people that attend during the course of every first Saturday night Dinner. And did we mention there is always a LOT of food!

The Community Dinners have become a hallmark of the community life of LifeLine. Everybody belongs. Period. And in its atmosphere of mutual respect and love, acceptance and appreciation, many people have found a community they trust and don't want to live without. Many have found a reason to hope that maybe not the ENTIRE world is going to h-e-double-hockey-sticks-in-a-handbasket. And many have found a reason to believe again in something they had given up on, for whatever reason. We don't care about the reasons as much as we care that people are disconnected.

In LifeLine, we believe that the community is the embodiment the Gospel, and that that embodiment is the most powerful and trustworthy communicator of the ideas and practices of the Kingdom about which Jesus taught, and whose ideals he dramatically lived. We believe our life together is, as Lesslie Newbiggin once said, the only apologetic any era will ever need (paraphrase). And in the light of that life together, the words we speak have the chance to powerfully corroborate the phenomenon of life in God's Kingdom - a life many have heard proposed but seldom seen in flesh and blood. The LifeLine Community Dinner is one expression of this powerful and transformative truth.

Here are the pertinent bits of information you need to know about the LifeLine Community Dinners:

When
The first Saturday night of every month, starting at 5:30pm and ending whenever everyone is gone - usually about 2:30 am.

Where
2040 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo, Ohio 43620

What to bring
Just yourself! Well, and maybe your family or a few friends! If you are a poet or a musician, bring your writing or instrument, or whatever will help you be what you are with us.

Why
Because it's freakin' amazing!

Directions
Map / Directions (Google Maps link)

 

Come on! You should really check it out!

LifeLine Steve

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