Community Supper: “Weird Americans (and how to stop being one)”

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Community Supper: “Weird Americans (and how to stop being one)”

April 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


“Weird Americans (and how to stop being one)”
This deliberately provocative phrasing (it got your attention, right?) titles a talk that begins with a comparison of American and global cultures. The presentation invites us to consider the effect of culture on individuals and their role in society. Is American society becoming too individualistic? If so, how does that influence our spiritual lives? The speaker is Greg Rose who is currently Associate Professor of Political Science and History at Bryn Athyn College. He used to teach in the Cross-Cultural Communications Course at the US Air Force Special Operations School where he started to develop his thinking on this topic.


Supper – Bring Your Own

You are responsible for making sure that you have food to eat at the Community Supper. Box suppers are not available for this Saturday, April 13. It’s kind of like the New Church Day Picnic. You can bring your own food from home, or get takeaway from some local restaurant (Wawa, Lee’s Hoagies, Provecho, Be Well, etc.). If you would enjoy bringing some supper things to share with others around you, that’s great but it’s not expected or required.

Potluck Dessert

The church provides some desserts, and coffee, water, and paper goods. We are also hoping that some people will bring desserts to share. This is not required. This is just an invitation for those that would enjoy bringing a dessert to share.



Room Layout

There will be long, rectangular tables, running from the back of Heilman Hall up to the stage. This means that everyone can sit with the people they came with and also be together at the same table with a larger group.

Recorded But Not Live-streamed

We plan to record video and audio of the program portion of the Community Suppers. We will then work to make those recordings available to people, relatively shortly after the event takes place. We will not be live-streaming these events.

Childcare – No Childcare Provided But Babysitting Subsidy Available

We have not provided childcare for past Community Suppers. We would love to have as many parents attend as possible. We are happy to contribute $20 towards babysitting costs; please let us know if you would like help with that. In the future, we may be able to provide childcare for certain age groups. We might have one of the Community Suppers in a year be an all-ages supper. Stay tuned and let us know what you would like or, even better, let us know what you would like to be part of helping to make happen.

7th Grade and Up Invited

We invite people in 7th Grade and up to attend. Teenagers will be expected to stay with their parents for the duration of the evening (not eat quickly and then go outside to hang out with their friends). We don’t want unsupervised teenagers wandering around the property. The point is for teenagers to come and be part of the Community Supper, from the beginning to the end. We will leave it to parents to determine whether their teenagers would enjoy coming to this event and being part of conversations with adults or not.

Program for the Evening

Here’s the rough schedule of how things will go:

  • 5:30pm – Doors open
  • 6:00pm – Formal program starts, including eating supper, listening to speakers, having conversations, and eating dessert
  • 8:00pm – Formal Program Ends Promptly
  • After 8:00pm – Plenty of time for jolly, informal hanging out for those that choose to linger.

RSVP – Not Required

You do not have to RSVP to come to the Community Supper. You can decide at the last minute to come, even if you haven’t told anyone that you were planning to come.

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