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“Even for Me” by Sarai “Sopphey {V}ance” Oviedo, is part one of a six-part series inviting you and a small gathering of people to share a meal and engage in intentional conversation during each meal. May this guide attune you to the mysteriously holy experience of sharing a meal.



Before the meal begins each person is invited to introduce themselves by sharing the name they prefer to be called, the pronouns they use, and one thing they believe to be unique and/or different about themselves. 


Invite someone to offer a blessing—this, or their own blessing:

Holy One of abundance and welcome, we give thanks for your creation and the goodness that it produces. As we open our mouths to consume and converse, may our eyes, our ears, our hearts, and our minds also be open to the sacred that is among us. Amen.

(All are invited to eat at this time)


  • Invite someone to read “Even for Me” by Sarai “Sopphey {V}ance” Oviedo
  • As you read this together pay attention to the thoughts, the feelings, and personal previous experiences that arise.


  • What aspect of V’s piece stood out to you most?
  • What feelings arose in you?
  • Did this piece remind you of previous experiences? Share as you are willing.
  • V states, “The promise of a meal is a declaration of belonging.” Share an experience that has affirmed this statement.
  • Has a meal even been an experience of exclusion for you? Will you share?
  • What is communion and who is it for?
  • How has your view of communion changed over time?
  • How has this shared meal influenced your understanding of communion?


  • What is the “parting gift” you will be taking from this shared meal?
  • Invite each person to share a one-word blessing before you depart.