After seventeen years of service at Virginia Theological Seminary, Mr. Benjamin Judd decided to move on. Last night representatives from the student body, faculty, and staff came together to mark this moment. We reflected on the many meals he served – the countless events he oversaw – and the endless changes in expectations and demands. We mused on the changes in expectations around allergies and emphasis on healthy eating. And we thanked him for his hard work.
The Refectory is an important symbol of formation. It is the “lunch” part of the “class, chapel, lunch” mantra. It is table fellowship. I invite us to learn the skill of reading a room. Look carefully around. Pick a group that you have not normally sat with. Take some time to find that person sitting alone. And use the time to learn about the life you are sharing table fellowship with.
Attendance at lunch is expected. It is part of our formation as a community.