I’m writing this blog post really late. Like, most people have long shed the weariness of Convention, tweeted their last #GC78 tweet, blogged their blogs, and have returned back to their lives. And I’m only just now coming around to publishing my Convention blog post. Many Sundays have come and gone. But this summer has been one of wild transition for me and I feel like I’ve only just now had the chance to sit and reflect on my time at the General Convention as the AMF Coordinator. You see, this summer I ended my time in the Episcopal Service Corps, started and ended a summer internship at a brewery, packed up my entire house and moved to Connecticut to begin seminary at Yale Divinity, and have been transitioning out of being the Coordinator for A Movable Feast. So please forgive my tardiness, dear reader.

I went to Convention on the behalf of A Movable Feast to accept a Young Adult Grant from the United Thank Offering. The grant is for $1,250 (in celebration of their 125th anniversary) and will be used to transform the chapel space on our trailer into a holy and furnished space. As one of the top three grant recipients, I was asked to come to Convention so that I could speak at the UTO dinner about the ministry. I’m really truly sad that my season with A Movable Feast has to come to an end. I found so much excitement while at Convention and came back so excited to tell our story.

And that’s just it. That’s the biggest thing I learned while at Convention. I learned that everyone wants to hear our story. Everyone wants to know what we’re doing. Everyone wants to follow this wild and crazy adventure, and they’re all waiting with baited breath to see if this thing will work. So many people came up to me throughout Convention wanting to hear the story and learn more. People from the dinner, people who I’d met at Kindling last year wanting an update, and even people who I’d never met before that heard about what we’re doing from someone else and sought me out.

But this isn’t all about just telling our story. In fact, I don’t think this is about telling our story at all. It’s about telling the story of the Good News of God’s Kingdom. I reflected a lot in my time there about how we can best tell the story to people who haven’t truly engaged with the story before. This isn’t just about how we reach out to new people and invite them in, but how do we tell them who we are and what we believe? How can we tell that story even to the people too hesitant to approach? The “church word” for it is Formation, but I think we ought to tell it storytelling. Because it is my prayer that those who are staffing the trailer and the ministry will be just as formed and transformed by sharing stories as the people who we feed.

Being a part of this ministry has truly been a blessing to me. I joined it in the beginning, when it was “just a word” (to paraphrase John’s gospel). I’ve helped nurture it and have watched it grow up until now, where in the coming semester the trailer will be actively on campuses and living into the vision we have had for it, ready to bear fruit. And I can’t wait to watch more of the story unfold from afar, and to see the new ways that I can engage in the story and support the ministry.

The peace of Christ be with you all,

Caitlyn


Links to podcasts and articles about A Movable Feast from Convention:

Priest Pulse Podcast – features A Movable Feast and other ministries that ask “Phenomenal Trust” in God

Great comprehensive write up on the ministry from the Diocese of North Carolina newsfeed. Thanks Summerlee for the write up!

UTO News Release announcing Young Adult Grant Recipients