St. Luke's Anglican Church
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The Tuna Transformation
The classic penitential
practices of Lent – fasting, almsgiving and prayer – live in the
individual soul but also in the parish community. This Lent at St.
Luke’s in Dartmouth, the children encouraged us in a community act
of transformation. We transformed our food indulgences into cans of
tuna for the Dartmouth East Christian Food Bank.
When this photograph
was taken (Feast of the Annunciation, transferred), the Tuna Total
was 753 cans. We continue to transform indulgences into tuna as we
are each called. Some parishioners made this a specific part of
their personal Lenten discipline. Even during a weekday you would
hear that rumble and thunk and find a grinning 60 year old feeding a
transformed treat to Rainbow Nemo.
Generosity is a virtue
of so many individual Anglicans. The encouragement of the Sunday
School and the bright presence of Rainbow Nemo helped us as a
community to know the experience of cheerful giving in Lent.
UPDATE: Our final tally for donations to the food bank came to 1052!
Forrest made a giant tuna which swam beneath the pulpit all through
Lent. Guided by superintendent Darlene Killen and the teachers, the
teens designed and the children painted its glorious scales. When
you feed a can into Rainbow Nemo’s mouth, the can rumbles along a
channel and falls into the “stomach” with a satisfying thunk.
In a pre-Lent
children’s talk, we examined a shopping bag full of lovely things
that could be foregone for Lent and converted to tuna. We learned
that one can of tuna is two protein servings. Out of the shopping
bag popped all kinds of tuna conversion candidates – potato chips,
root beer, mini-eggs, bags of cookies – and Tim’s coffee and a
bottle of wine. We figured out how many cans of tuna each would
transform into (some of us have refined taste in wine!).
Parishioners at the 8am service had responded magnificently to a
request to bring in an early offering of tuna. The children rolled
dozens of cans into Nemo’s mouth, to the sounds of rumbling and
thunking and shrieks, and delighted laughter from the congregation.