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HOUSE NEWS: First Thursday Roundtable with GCW legend Dave Chynoweth this week, and more!

Click here to see an entire list of what is happening this week at the Gainesville Catholic Worker.

FIRST THURSDAY ROUNDTABLE ON SIMPLICITY, SPIRITUALITY: We’re excited to have our own Dave Chynoweth present this month’s roundtable, Thursday, from 6:30-8pm. If you’ve never heard Dave, it is always challenging, provocative, and fun. He’s a bit of a legend here at the GCW because of his presentations (and other reasons). Dave is a former professor of agricultural and biological engineering at the University of Florida. He’ll lead us in a discussion on “Simplicity Sustainability and Downsizing One’s Life.” Dave will share from his personal experience as well as challenge with questions about our own lifestyle choices, the impact we have on the world around us and inside of us, and the role of spirituality. Bring a dish to share if you can!

STUDYING THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW: Last week we decided that we’d study the gospel of Matthew this semester and we broke open the first chapter. For a recap of last week’s study, read the reflection, “Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus? Wake me when it’s over..” We’re meeting on Mondays at lunchtime for one hour, between 12-1pm at the GCW. We’ll be looking at chapter 2 this week. Join us if you can.

MICRO-FARM PARTNERSHIP OFF TO A ROUSING START: We announced last week our new partnership with Jade and Lynn’s micro-farm, helping to provide friends and visitors to the GCW with a steady stream of good, local, healthy, organic produce. We had a good group show up on Thursday, during our weekly volunteer slot, 8am-noon; and then our teenage son and 2 of his friends from Eastside did some hours of work on Saturday. Jade has a doctorate in plant medicine and is also willing to share with people the ins and outs of starting your own garden and growing your food. If you want to volunteer regularly on Thursdays, or just show up on Thursdays when you’re able to help out, you can call Jade at 352-213-4053 or 352-337-0817 to get directions and let him know you’re coming!

Thanks to everyone who helps out at the GCW each week. We are so grateful for your commitment and generosity! Hope to see you this week!

HOUSE NEWS: What Have We Here?

For a complete schedule of activities at the Green House this week, please click here.

We are excited this week to welcome back Scott Robertson to Thursday’s Roundtable and Potluck, 6-7:30.  As a follow-up to our discussion about the various benefits of and barriers to community sustainability, join us for a brainstorming session on how we might make small changes that create greater waves. We will consider how we can mirror the patterns of nature in our own lives and community. As a project in local abundance, we will inventory our varied talents, shareable assets, and blocks of free time– with this we can start a local network to buffer against emergencies, reduce our consumption of resources, and get to know each other better. If you have any interest at all, please come! Mimicking nature, the more diversity in our community, the greater our stability.

Resources for Radical Solutions to Feed the World

Scott Robertson’s roundtable discussion on “Radical Solutions to Feed the World” was a wonderful gathering of folks looking at very practical issues regarding sustainability in the context of “values.”  “How do we do the right thing as individuals?  How do we help each other get to where we need to be for the good of those who come after us and for creation itself? These two questions are intertwined when we talk about issues that affect us globally.  And so they become “spiritual” questions themselves, concerned with value, meaning, responsibility, and hope. It was a good conversation that we hope to continue soon.

In the meantime, Scott sent those present a handy resource list of inspirational and practical websites and books. Take a look and keep in touch. We’re looking forward to our next roundtable on this subject.

Thanks Scott!

HOUSE NEWS: Sunday’s cafe is back! And gardening too!

Dear friends,

Change is afoot at the GCW as we incorporate lessons learned from our schedule experients in August and September. Here is what you need to know about changes to our schedule and information for “This Week at the GCW:”

SUNDAY DOROTHY’S CAFE IS BACK: We experimented this fall with a cafe schedule that would allow us to experience Sunday as our Sabbath day each week, but due to financial difficulties and to the number of volunteers who shared with us that weekends were really the only times they could join us, we have re-instituted Dorothy’s Cafe on the first and third Sundays of each month. We’ve eliminated Thursday as a cafe day, we’ll continue to do the cafe every Tuesday, and we’ve added in the first and third Sundays as cafe days too. One of the problems with doing Tuesday and Thursday was that we were needing to prepare all of the soup ourselves at the house, and because we were not gleaning from the farmer’s market (not harvest season), the cost of preparing 200-plus servings of soup twice-a-week was taking a toll on our finances. Sunday’s cafe will help there as we look for individuals and groups to help “sponsor” the cafe, much the same way we did it last year. So if your group or organization or church wants to sponsor an upcoming cafe (from now thru June 09), let us know; we would be grateful to have you. Sponsoring means providing the soup and fruit for the cafe, as well as volunteers. For weeks when we don’t have a sponsoring organization, we’ll put out the call for individuals to prepare and drop off soup at the GCW.

Our first Sunday cafe will be this Sunday, October 19th. Since we don’t have a sponsor group, we’ll need help preparing soup. Here’s the menu: 200 servings of vegetarian chili, fresh fruit (persimmons are in season) and homemade bread (GCW will bake the bread). If you can help us out with gifts of homemade chili and fruit, please let us know. You can email us and let us know what you plan to bring and how many servings; please have it to the GCW by 12:45pm since we have moved up our start time for the cafe to 1pm on Sundays. Here’s a link to a good recipe for vegetarian chili:

We’ll also need plenty of volunteers, especially this Sunday because Kelli and John will be gone. Volunteers would be needed for prep and set-up between 12-1pm, serving between 1-6pm, and clean-up between 5-7pm. The longer serving hours keep the timeframe similar to what we’re doing on Tuesdays (so as not to confuse our guests) and also makes for a more relaxed setting, with the same number of people coming to eat over a longer period of time. So please let us know at if you can come and whether you can bring chili and/or fruit.

OUR NEW COMMUNITY GARDEN STARTS THIS WEDNESDAY! This Wednesday, we’ll start a new community garden at the Rosa B. Williams/Union Academy Community Center in our neighborhood, Pleasant Street. We’ll work with the kids in the afterschool program at Rosa B to start an organic garden where they’ll learn about science and grow vegetables they can share with their families and at our cafe. If you’d like to work with kids and you’d like to learn to garden (or already love gardening), you can volunteer with us between 2:30-4:30pm at Rosa B on Wednesdays. The center is located at the corner of NW 2nd Street and NW 6th Avenue (caddy corner to the first labor pool stop for the Breakfast Brigade). Let us know if you can volunteer by dropping us an email.

WORLD FOOD DAY AND KELLI BREW AT THIS WEEK’S ROUNDTABLE: This Thursday, which is World Food Day, Kelli will lead the Roundtable in a discussion on food security issues, sustainability, bio-regionalism, hunger, community gardens, and more. She’ll share from her experience working for a food security organization, talk about ways we can cultivate more sustainable growing and eating practices and habits, and share some about the GCW’s particular approach to food. Kelli writes a blog that incorporates some of these themes, Our Local Life: What We Need is Here, as well as recipes for local foods, gardening, info on what’s at the farmer’s market, and more. Join us Thursday at 6pm at the RT; bring a dish to share if you can, or just show up!

For more information about what is happening this week and a look at our schedule incorporating the cafe changes, gardening and more, please click here.

GCW NEWSLETTER IS NOW AVAILABLE: We have just printed our latest newsletter, and we would love to share a hard-copy of it with you. Please send us your regular postal address and we’ll add you to our database and get a copy out to you this week. Next week, we’ll include a link to the electronic copy of the newsletter in this email and from the web site.

THANKS TO ALL WHO JOINED US FOR THE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION! Thanks to everyone who was able to join us last Sunday, October 5th, to celebrate the anniversary of the GCW with us. It was a wonderful day and we’re especially thankful to Servants of Christ Church for the incredible food and a group of folks from St. Luke’s in Middleburg who took over the bulk of the clean-up throughout the day. We all enjoyed the great food, music, and company! Thanks to all of you for your support of our work, for being part of our community and making the GCW possible. We can not say how grateful and blessed we feel.

In peace,

John and all at the GCW