In 2010, I was working at a church as the senior pastor’s assistant. My boss was invited to participate in an immersion trip to Mexico to learn about immigration, but wasn’t available to attend. After reading the fine print, the words All expenses paid trip to Mexico jumped out, and I eagerly offered to go. It sounded like a vacation! I pictured myself on the beach having a grand old time. I went into it lightly, but the things I learned at the border and the people I met turned my world upside down. I began to imagine ways to put families back together again, right where they belong.
I sat down with some of my friends and an idea: instead of cooking for ourselves, what if we allowed students to cook for people outside of our school? With our reputation as a school that doesn’t give back as much as we could, why couldn't we motivate people who like to cook and allow them to use their skills as a community service?
I’m starting an online project here that is an continuation and extension of some writing and talks I’ve done recently.
The project will be cross-platform—some elements may appear on social media, some on a website and some might manifest as a recording or performance… much of the published material will be collected here.