The name for this site is inspired by the gospel stories in which Jesus feeds the multitudes (i.e. Mark 6). When faced with the hungry crowd, the disciples saw only scarcity and suggested the people be sent away to find resources elsewhere. In contrast, Jesus sees the hidden abundance among them and invites the disciples to take inventory of their resources. After recovering the resources, Jesus then gathers them, blesses them, and shares them with the people. Unexpectedly, there was more than enough for everyone. Likewise, rural communities have a hidden abundance that is waiting to be recovered, gathered, and shared. There is more than enough and we can find it here…within and among us.
Geese appear high over us,
pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear
in the ancient faith: what we need
is here. And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye,
clear. What we need is here.