Building a community requires a very large stock pot, water, a two to three pound stone and a heat source.
You have all the ingredients of “Stone Soup” *. Forgive me; there is another ingredient, an invitation to everyone (apartment complex, congregation, graduating/start class, etc.) with the assurance that they are welcome to bring others and their favorite ingredient for stone soup; pasta, salt, pepper, cilantro, a carrot, tomato, peas, cabbage, beef…; but just enough for them.
As the pot boils and the fifteen, thirty-one or fifty people laugh about the preposterous concept of stone soup and a few names are exchanged…the soup is ready (prepare for this by gathering as many and varied bowls you can find, thrift store, garage sales…no two alike). Your soup may be enhanced with a few loaves of beer bread (three cups of self rising flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 can of the cheapest beer you can find; mix, put in a loaf pan, 325 for 20 min or so)
Enjoy the very tasty soup. Its the variety, the individuality and total lack of expectation that opens the pallet to appreciate a wonderful dish. and everyone
And for dessert; gather up the pot, when all have had their fill, and all join in sharing the gallons remaining with those that have nothing, those you forgot to invite.
*”Stone Soup” a picture book by Marcia Brown