Longest Table

Church organized potluck returns after two-year exile

On October 2, the University Church hosted the Longest Table. This annual potluck at Walla Walla University provides a unique opportunity for faculty, staff, and church members to connect with students. Pastor Alareece Collie said, “It is an event to build community while welcoming students to the University Church. It is a reminder that we want to welcome everyone and that they have a place at the table.”

“My favorite part about the longest table was the sense of togetherness it provided,” said Melia Hernandez, senior elementary education major. “There is something about gathering for a good meal that establishes a sense of community. In my three years at Walla Walla University, the Longest Table was quite possibly the event in which I felt most cared for.”

The idea for the Longest Table came out of former pastor Alex Bryan’s vision based on Mark 6:42, the verse that talks about the food left over after Jesus’ feeding of the multitude. The quarter-mile long table extended down Fourth Street from the WWU Dairy Express to the Winter Education Complex. 

Last year, the Longest Table event was cancelled due to COVID-19. Necessary precautions were taken this year, however it did not diminish the joy of gathering together again in the beautiful October sunshine.


Posted October 14, 2021.

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Longest Table provides an opportunity for church members, faculty, staff, and students to fellowship.