At the UU Fellowship, there are some small groups that we call Covenant Groups that get together and explore different ideas. Each year, the groups do some service projects, and one of them raises some money for use in the larger congregation. I belonged to one of these groups for two years, and we put on a chili lunch once a year as our fundraiser. When I got married and moved further away, it was too difficult to make the midweek meetings, so I left the group. However, I have still made Meg’s chili for the annual chili lunch, by request. Here are some photos of this year’s chili lunch. I’m pleased to see that the Building Your Own Theology covenant group has grown and continues to prosper… and COOK!
Here is Judy, who can make anyone feel welcome at this event. I loaned her one of my aprons. She’s famous for making lots of cornbread, and is the person who introduced me to cheese and onions on chili, since she’s an Ohio native.
Here are Rosalind and Laura prepping the accouterments for beverages and toppings. In the past, I have loaned Laura aprons, but she got her own this year- very colorful and appropriate for a Welcoming Congregation, don’t you think?
UUF events are very family oriented- we’ll even let your kids WORK! Hehehe. Misty is providing a little supervision of Zach, her son.
There is something for every taste at this chili lunch. Chili with beef, with venison, with many kinds of beans, with vegetables, the variety can be overwhelming if you can’t decide. It’s a common practice to try bits of different ones. Here our volunteers are doing last minute things before the serving starts.
Look- there’s food at the Fellowship, and Dave is involved. I knew I liked this guy. Note that he is looking much less skeptical about what’s in the pots than our younger congregant. Dave has posted his chili recipe on the bulletin board in the coffee room- his had about six kinds of beans, I think.
We had a good crowd, though I think the cooks were prepared for many more. On the bright side, I was able to give some of my extra chili to some of my friends in the group who really like it for another meal. I do know that the people who stayed really had a good time, and I met two new people, and learned a lot about them. I’m happy to keep helping with this event each year.