Our friends from Zen Peacemakers sent us this video update about the Stone Soup Café in Greenfield, Mass. Created with funding from actor Jeff Bridges (who’s profiled with his friend, Peacemakers founder Bernie Glassman, in our May 2013 magazine), the café provides a healthy, locally-sourced, pay-what-you-can meal for anyone in the community each Saturday.
“To me, the café continues the tradition of peacemaking in the sense of overcoming separation in society and working to bear witness to the whole,”says Ari Pliskin, who just took over as the café’s executive director.
The Stone Soup Café has steadily expanded since it was founded in 2010, now serving meals to up to 65 people and operating independently from the Zen Peacemakers organization. Pliskin says they’re hoping to expand service to include a Sunday meal as well, and to work with other community groups to create more “Let All Eat” cafés like it. Influenced by the Peacemaker approach to spirituality, the Café includes interfaith leadership and nondenominational practice, included a guided meditation. For more about the Let All Eat initiative, visit the Zen Peacemakers website, or contact Pliskin at ari.pliskin[at]gmail.com to get involved.