Grape Harvest

This morning we decided to forgo our usual trip to the farmers’ market in Dubuque in order to take part in the grape harvest at the seminary.  Wartburg makes its own communion wine from a set of vines planted back in the 1980s.  There’s something extremely cool about that.  Someone was half-joking about planting a stand of wheat to use for communion bread.  I love the idea.  Count me in.

The community aspect of this harvest is what really struck me.  We had students, staff, faculty and everybody’s kids helping out – all of this despite the rain.  There’s a beautiful circularity (is this a word?) to the whole thing: we pick as a community, we make the wine as a community, and we share again in the Eucharist as a community.

The other thing that stood out was how much this reminded me of a living history event, only without talking to the public.

Anyway, here are a few pics from my flickr acct.  You can see the rest there.


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