Lance's Journal: Providing Nourishment at The Table, June 10

Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lincoln has joined forces with a Haymarket bookstore to create a place dedicated to inclusive dining, wholesome food and authentic community.

The concept behind The Table is something new around the Capital City and it's only been up and running for about 3 months. But the people responsible for bringing the idea to life say the response has been incredible.

At the table, it's unlimited soup, unlimited bread...and unlimited community.

Each weekday at lunchtime, between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Haymarket, Indigo Bridge Books transforms into The Table. Display areas become a place where people can find soup, bread and fellowship.

Eric Bostrom is the Campus Pastor at the Lutheran Center at UNL and he says, "There's a great trust and a great openness to be generous while you're here."

Bostrom was part of the group of Lutherans that helped organize The table, "We wanted this to be a way to kind of reach out to folks in Lincoln who are hungry and we have a belief that people are hungry need more than food, they also need human interaction and human touch."

At The Table they call it a "priceless menu" and that means it's as simple as grabbing an empty envelope and dropping in what you'd like to pay.

Matt Schur with our Savior's Lutheran Church has seen as little as 14 cents in the envelope but recently, he reached in to find 5 twenty dollar bills rolled up, "I was just blown away at the generosity that that showed. We truly believe that people want the opportunity to do the right thing."

Kim Coleman is the owner of Indigo Bridge Books and she couldn't pass up the opportunity to host The Table, "I think the best word for me is just gratitude I just feel very grateful to be a part of it."

Caleb Bailey has quickly come to appreciate the virtues of The Table, "I think as technology continues to divide us so to speak we need things like this to make us remember what the human aspect of community really is and I feel like the table really nails that down."

Matt Schur says that operating the table would be impossible without the volunteers, Indigo Bridge Books for lending the space and he would like to thank a couple of locally-owned businesses that provide the food at cost. The Cup makes the fresh soup and Bread and Cup bakes the bread.

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