Lenten soup tradition is back

Kate Marlowe/For the HeraldPax Christi chairwoman Gabriela Egging makes preparations for Peace Soup 2018, “Hate Has No Home Here: Becoming Instruments of Peace.”StrokeStyle/$ID/Japanese Dots

CLINTON — An annual Lenten tradition is coming back next week.

Peace Soup, the annual supper and conversation series held on the Tuesdays of Lent, will begin at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 at the new parish hall at Prince of Peace Church in Clinton.

This year the program “Hate Has No Home Here: Becoming Instruments of Peace” plans to build on the campaign, “Hate Has No Home Here” and make parallels with the themes of the Prayer of St. Francis, such as “where there is hatred, let me sow love” and “where there is injury, pardon.” This is the 12th year for the free series which includes a simple supper of homemade soup and bread followed by a brief program and discussion.

Prince of Peace Parish Pax Christi and the Sisters of St. Francis co-sponsor the event.

In addition to a new location, Peace Soup also will have a slightly new format. In order to look at the premise of the campaign, “Hate Has No Home Here,” the committee plans to use the time to speak briefly on various topics, allowing more time to foster communication among attendees.

“We hope our community will join us in table conversations and presentations,” Pax Christi chairwoman Gabriela Egging said. “We will delve deeper into what was intended for the campaign, incorporating the directives of the Prayer of St. Francis.”

Featured discussions will include:

n Feb. 20 — “Where there is hatred, let me sow love” — Peace Soup will examine how hate is inculcated in culture and what work individuals can do to change these divisions.

n Feb. 27 — “Where there is injury, pardon” — Old hurts can fester and grow. This session turns to the wisdom of forgiveness and the healing it offers.

n March 6 — “Where there is despair, hope” — When life situations appear to be overwhelming it is difficult to be optimistic. An exploration of one woman’s journey to find hope in the midst of “hopelessness” will launch discussions of hope in personal circumstances.

n March 13 — “Grant that I may not so much seek ... to be understood as to understand” — Miscommunication underlies most strains in relationships. Looking for differences between dominating language and engaged listening, the group will explore means of fostering effective communication.

n March 20 — “It is dying that we are born to eternal life” — Can such a paradox find a voice in the current American culture? A discussion about living Christ’s message of giving of ourselves will be at the heart of the last session of Peace Soup.

The recipient of the free-will offering at each of the five soup suppers will be the Vinson H. Jetter Community Center whose goal is to provide and encourage safe, nonviolent events in the community.

For questions regarding Peace Soup, call the Sisters of St. Francis at 242-7611.