Living with my grandparents for six years was one of the most valuable experiences of my life. Life with them was quite structured, but full of what I needed and all the kindness they had to give.
In the years since, I’ve thought a lot about multigenerational communities and what it takes to do them well. I had another opportunity to do that tonight by cohosting a #SAGETable event at the offices of Intersections International with SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders) and the LGBTQIA ministry of Marble Collegiate Church, GIFTS.
Our #SAGETable program invited people from different generations to spend time together over a potluck meal and some discussion questions. We welcomed people’s favorite dishes, their openheartedness, and their willingness to share their experiences and perspectives.
As I scanned the crowd tonight, the Hebrew Exodus story came to mind. The way I learned that story as a child, an entire nation crossed the sea to safety. Their enslavers were in hot pursuit and still they all crossed, regardless of age or ability or speed. They all crossed and they crossed together.
SAGE designed the #SAGETable events to remind our communities nationwide that we have much in common and many great stories to share… and we can’t see justice one generation at a time.
All of us must cross the sea: all souls and all ages. And sometimes, amidst that journey of justice-seeking and escape from oppression, we might also pause to enjoy a meal.