Another Year Finished

If you haven’t finished the academic year yet, you’re getting close. Many of us use the summer to spend some thinking about the past year, what worked, what didn’t. Memorable moments. Disappointments. Surprises. This summer, let’s talk about these things.

I’d like to invite you to share (in the comments or better yet submit a blog post- send to  nancy at truenorthonline.org) what went well this year. I’ll go first.

One of the schools where I work, Kendall College of Art and Design, does not have a food service on campus and they have a lunch break from 11:30-12:30 when there are no classes. Twice this winter semester we had a random act of lunch day.  We set a table with tablecloths and plates. We brought food – one time it was lasagna and salad the next pizza and salad. Then we invited students to sit and eat. We didn’t publicize this ahead of time. If you were in the student commons and you wanted to eat, we had some food.

We know food insecurity is an increasing reality for our students. We also know that it can hard to meet people and make friends, especially at a non residential college. Art school, in particular, can be a tough place. It’s competitive. It’s stressful, students have to learn to create on their professor’s timetable. It can be lonely.

Our hope was that students would sit together at the table to eat and talk. We hoped they would have a chance to relax and to get to know each other. And they did! And then they volunteers to helped us clean up.

Did we gain new members for Kendall Christian Fellowship? It doesn’t appear so. Does someone have a new best friend? Not yet.  But those things weren’t our goals. All we wanted to do was to feed some people and make college a little friendlier place. And that we were able to do.

 

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About Nancy Janisch

. After 20 years as a practicing veterinarian, in small animal and emergency medical practice, I returned to seminary and received a Master of Divinity Degree. I is a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids. I has a particular interested in the areas of vocation, spiritual formation, and science and religion.

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