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Comment Suppers

A magazine at its heart is an aspirational community. But so often we read something, put it down, and move on. What if we could linger a little longer in the company of others whose distinct lens on the mosaic could enrich our own? Why not try to sew the threads of this issue into the warp and woof of your local neighborhood?

In the context of COVID-19, Comment Suppers are not so easy. But we’d still like to encourage you to gather 6-10 people around a Zoom call and one-screen conversation.

Several discussion prompts are suggested below. When the evening’s over, use this bookmark in whatever book you’re reading and let the memory of the discussion enrich the words. To deeper connection, reflection, beauty and revelation… even in these strange times. And, if you can cook for yourself or those under your own roof, there is a recipe for a crowd-pleasing, foolproof roast chicken.

Bon appetit!

Spring 2020: The Stories We Tell

Discussion Questions

  1. What historical era appeals to you? Why are you drawn there, rather than elsewhere?
  2. What stories are part of the ordinary inheritance that you’ve received from your family? What stories will you tell your children?
  3. What is the distinction between memory and history? Truth and history? How do these lines implicate your own life? Your community’s?
  4. What would you like to forget?
  5. How do your perceptions of the past shape your understanding of what’s possible (or likely) in your future? In your community’s? Your country’s?
  6. Learning from history is as important as it is delicate. What analogs do you find consistently overused, and what lessons do you think we need to pay more attention to?
  7. Where do you see collective history-making occurring with grace and holy progress? Are there any institutions involved? If so, which ones?

How Did It Go?

So you’ve hosted or attended a Comment Supper. Let us know how it went!