Group Study Guide for

Whatever Happened to Dinner?

[Cover of Whatever Happened to Dinner?]

Recipes and Reflections for Family Mealtime

by Melodie M. Davis

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Introduction Chapter 4 Chapter 8 Chapter 12
Chapter 1 Chapter 5 Chapter 9 Chapter 13
Chapter 2 Chapter 6 Chapter 10 Chapter 14
Chapter 3 Chapter 7 Chapter 11 Chapter 15

Chapter 12: How Food, Packaging, and Waste Impact the Planet: What You Can Do

Scripture: Matthew 15:29-39

Compare and contrast this story of a miracle feeding with the one studied in chapter 4 (Mark 6:30-44). How is it different or alike? What do you think happened to the leftovers? Did you ever focus on that before studying this story?

  1. We assume you don’t literally litter. Yet how much garbage does your household contribute to landfills or other disposal systems every week?
  2. Do you recycle? Why or why not?
  3. How did you parents or grandparents dispose of garbage?
  4. Have you lived or worked in a country other than the United States or Canada? How was garbage and trash disposed of there?
  5. Discuss the impact of the economy in your community. Are your streams and other bodies of water affected by the inability of local governments to adequately repair sewer or water systems?
  6. While God’s power was no doubt at work in the feeding of the multitudes by supplying a bounty of food, the disciples also helped Jesus accomplish the miracle. What is our role in helping now with the miracle(s) needed to change attitudes and lifestyles related to waste and the environment?
  7. How are you "taking care of the earth" or being a steward of the resources God has given you?
  8. How do you creatively use leftovers?
  9. Would you be bothered by a chicken coop next door to you in the city or suburbs? Why or why not?

Activity: One church held a community clean-up day—ranging from floating down a river to pick up garbage along its sides to a sewing group that made reusable grocery or shopping bags out of cloth remnants. Does this chapter and discussion inspire your group to take action? If so, make plans for what you will do.

Or, have a leftover night for your group or family. Try to use up food scraps from freezer, pantry, etc., without buying anything new.

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