The Longest Table

Church and Community Feed Hundreds of Students

By: Hilary Nieland

Students gather for Sabbath feast.

Tables covered with food stretched along College Avenue from Whitman Drive to 4th Street on Sabbath, Sept. 30, where generous community members and hungry students came together for the Fourth Annual Longest Table. Whether guests sat with a particular host or floated from table to table, every year students say this is one of their favorite events.

“No one leaves hungry. I think that the Longest Table is a great way to bring the church members and the university students together in fellowship,” says Kayla Grussling, a sophomore social work student.

Following the first church service of the school year, community members signed up to provide lunch for those that come to their table. Linda Emmerson, professor of history and philosophy, has participated in the Longest Table since its inception. When asked what her favorite part is, she stretched out her arms, looked down College Avenue and says, “This...the spectacle. One-half mile of grazing! This is community!”

Marianne Quaile, a senior theology student, says, “At The Longest Table a large church can achieve the family Sabbath dinner feeling. With individual tables we get the close-knit feeling and with the aerial photos we get a glimpse of the huge heavenly table to come.”

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