I enjoyed last night’s dinner in the setting of Ferry House Meeting. Every week, we 21 members of Ferry congregate on the mismatched couches of the House living room to discuss House practices, intentions, and general feelings of members so as to ensure the most mindful, safe, and enjoyable living experience for all Ferries. Our House Meetings used to take place on late Wednesday evening, but they’ve recently relocated to Sunday at dinnertime, a context that has contributed to a sense of joviality surrounding an often rather serious atmosphere. While the specificities of Ferry Meeting remains confidential, I can relay that each Meeting provides a supportive venue in which to reflect upon the meaning of living in an intentional community….
…and now in which to munch upon scrumptious vegan meals. Provided by dear Ferries Wanda and Layla, last night’s Ferry dinner consisted of a wonderfully aromatic stew of chickpeas, tomatoes, and cauliflower lightly spiced with curry powder; a late summer salad of sweet corn, hefty chunks of juicy heirloom tomatoes, bright and crunchy bell peppers, and bitter beet greens; and the standard pot of simple (yet always satisfying) brown rice. I left Ferry Meeting verily impressed by the dinnertime offerings of well-crafted food and thoughtful discussion.
In Vassar Animal Rights Coalition (VARC) news, Carol Adams will visit the Vassar campus to present her Sexual Politics of Meat Slide Show on Sunday, September 29 at 5:00 pm with a book signing and reception of vegan hors d’oeuvres to follow. The Slide Show employs images of women and animals in contemporary popular culture to discuss interconnected oppressive attitudes toward both groups, showcasing images in popular culture that animalize women and sexualize animals. Vegan blogger and Vassar alum Sarah E. Brown of Queer Vegan Food brought Carol Adams to campus a couple years back, and I’m thrilled to once again welcome Carol to campus. If any of you, dear readers, live in the New York area, I would love to see you at the event. Here is the Facebook event for more details.
Until next time, Ali.