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Invite participants to place their food contributions on the table when they arrive.
Introduce the activity with these or similar words:
A love feast is a ritual meal sometimes shared during a youth conference. The objective of the meal is to build intimacy and community among the participants. The ambiance of the love feast can add a lot to the experience. Sometimes the ritual features special music and decorations. Sometimes participants feed one another with their fingers and other times with utensils, although utensils and/or toothpicks will likely make an adult group more comfortable.
Begin the love feast by reading the story aloud. Explain that the love feast operates with one simple rule: You may eat whatever you like as long as you do not feed yourself. Invite all to participate. The ritual ends whenever everyone has finished eating.
If you have time, invite participants to share their impressions or experiences of the love feast. Alternatively, encourage them to write about the love feast in their journals.
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Last updated on Saturday, December 10, 2011.
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