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Celebrating Community, Hospitality on Shrove Tuesday

Neuhoff Institute hosts 5th Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Breakfast

Date published: Feb. 19, 2016 

Faculty, staff and students from across campus gathered in Catherine Hall on Shrove Tuesday, also commonly referred to as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, to celebrate the end of Ordinary Time and the beginning of the liturgical season of Lent. The last day for celebration and feasting before the period of fasting required during the Lenten season, pancakes were traditionally eaten on the day before Ash Wednesday because they were a way to use up eggs, milk, and sugar before the fasting season began in countries of English origin-- Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and Canada. 

Besides the delicious meal of fresh pancakes served on Shrove Tuesday in Catherine Hall, the celebration highlighted the community and hospitality ever-emergent at Neuhoff Institute.

"Hospitality is key in cultivating authentic, Christ-centered community," said Assistant Professor of Theology, Diana Dudoit Raiche, Ph.D., "Scripture is filled with messages about hospitality-- 'We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth' [3 Jn 1:8],  'Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it,' [Heb 13:2]" the list goes on. 

The Shrove Tuesday celebration is just one example of the events hosted by professors to cultivate a deep sense of community and belonging at Neuhoff Institute. "We host meal events frequently to engage in relationship with each student. When they go out to their respective places of ministry, they bring this experience of community with them, extending this welcoming approach for the sake of each person and the Gospel message," said Raiche.  
The Pancake Breakfast was attended by 50+ students who enjoyed their meal among one another, catching up about courses, chatting about future plans for ministry and enjoying the fellowship which flows from the Christ-centeredness of the Neuhoff Institute community. 



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