The Bell Tower Community is based on the mutual practice of agapic love: a love that gives. It is a community that seeks to love difference, empower otherness, and embody the margins. The community aims to be a place of belonging. And to be a place of belonging, it must first be emboldened as a place of love, kinship and delight. We affirm that all are welcome to participate and join this community.
The Bell Tower Community is guided in love by the idea that “Love is the connective tissue of relationship, the internal disposition that reaches up toward God and out toward others. It is impossible for love to exist in isolation. Love needs expression in relationships and communities. To love, one must risk belonging.” – Diana Butler Bass
As a community empowered by belonging, the Bell Tower strives for kinship and mutuality. We jump into a kinship with others, our neighbours, our friends and family. What transforms communities is the delight and awe inspired by kinship.
“The measure of our compassion lies not in our service of those in the margins, but in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship. The decided movement towards awe, and giant steps away from judgment.” – Father Greg Boyle
To practice belonging in community, we must be a community that values creativity, sparks imagination, cultivates adaptability and relishes in delight. It must be a community that is dynamic and creates room for change. It is a community that creates space for otherness and difference.
THE BELL TOWER COMMUNITY CAFE
The Bell Tower Community Café is inspired to be a place of radical hospitality, motivated by the goodness in our community. We believe we all have something to offer and we all have something we can bring to the table. The Bell Tower is more than a food bank; we are a community café experience, with live music, nutritious food and great coffee and tea. Sharing in a meal is essential to the community in that it brings together a diverse community around a common need. We all get hungry.
“Food is what people have in common, and it is, precisely, common.” – Sara Miles
We believe that food security in Winnipeg starts around a common table and a shared meal. Food has the ability to bring people together in creative and powerful ways. It breaks adown barriers between people, stirs our imagination, builds community and acts as an expression of love. The Bell Tower Community Café is inspired by a culture of sharing a meal to serve and feed one another, to help us understand what we have in common.
“There’s a hunger beyond food that’s expressed in food, and that’s why feeding is always a kind of miracle.” – Sara Miles