Week 6: Community Dinner at VEJ – Detroit Community-Engaged Research Program

Week 6: Community Dinner at VEJ

This past Sunday, VEJ had their monthly Community Dinner Discussion event. This is a time where community members are invited to come to Hope House and share a free catered meal together, while listening to a speaker(s) talk about environmental justice topics. This month, we had a panel of interfaith leaders speak and it was really awesome hearing what they had to say and learning about how their faith drives their environmental work. It was a good reminder that we are all connected, to each other, to the earth, to the air, and to every aspect of nature, whether we realize it or not. This was a super cool gathering, because it was the first event I’ve seen at VEJ that has drawn a large group of people together. There were about 20-25 attendees and everyone was super engaged and we got a lot of positive feedback after the event. There was a lot of work that had to be put into the event, but it was definitely all worth it at the end. We got to share the garden space with the community, host a successful event, share a meal with each other, and created a learning environment where people could come freely and openly.


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