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Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Tuesday Book Club - Justice in the Burbs 5
Since we have a fifth Tuesday this month, I thought we could have this final discussion on Justice in the Burbs by Will and Lisa Samson be more personal and fun.

One of my favorite stories in the book involved how the fictional family turned Halloween into a time to reach out to the stressed out neighbors. They served bowls of hot chili to the families as they came by trick or treating which was much welcomed by those who hadn't had time to grab a bite to eat before the kids pulled them out the door on the quest for candy. They realized that Halloween is the one night of the year when they were guaranteed to encounter their neighbors and so were able to reconnect and reestablish relationships that had slipped in the busyness of life.

I loved that, using Halloween not to preach at people but to connect as friends in community. So what do you all do with Halloween? Has it ever been a chance for missional involvement? What are ways that we can help make it a time to connect with neighbors?

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  • At 10/30/2007 08:05:00 PM, Blogger Meg

    I loved that story too! Because of that story, my husband and I are going to sit outside and serve hot chocolate! Can't wait!

  • At 10/31/2007 07:33:00 PM, Blogger Identity Mixed

    I have an Orthodox Jewish friend who doesn't let her child participate in Trick or Treat (well, the part about going out and demanding candy from strangers). They do hand out candy and smiles to kids who come to their home though... something about it being better to give than receive. :) It just seems so much more relaxing!


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