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Monday, April 24, 2017

4 Things We Need for Breaking Bread

Community friends, 

We are a few days from hosting our community talk Breaking Bread to Build Bridges (how's that for alliteration?). 

In case you missed it, I've posted two videos on Facebook explaining our heart behind putting on this event. 

Just in case you haven't seen the videos, I'll give a quick recap here. 

We believe sharing meals is a way to forge friendships, and we are hoping that by simply sharing a meal together we can break down some of the political, ethnic and cultural barriers that divide us. 

After we left our final meeting Monday, I thought about FOUR THINGS community members could do to help us pull the event off well. 

1. Bring bread. We can't break bread together without bread. We're hoping that some people will come with bread in hand, specifically bread that helps tell the story of their family and their culture. It would also be great to know who is bringing bread in advance. 

2. An artist (or two). We would love to have an artist come and actually paint or draw whatever comes to mind as he or she attends the event. If you are an artist or know of an artist that would like to help us in that capacity, please let us know. 

3. Technology needs. We are working on making sure we have an adequate sound system, a projector and a projection screen for the event. 

4. You. Of the four needs, "you" are the most important by far. We can put all the pieces in place, but what we really need is your presence, your insight, your perspective and your willingness to come and be a learner. This event can't happen without you. If you are on the fence about coming, please hop off the fence and over to our event. We need you!

There are a few other needs (volunteers anyone?)  posted in the Breaking Bread to Build Bridges Facebook event page. 

You can reach out to me ( or Staunton vice-mayor Ophie Kier ( if you can assist us with anything on the list. We hope to see you Sunday!