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Breaking Bread Story


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Breaking Bread Story


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BREAKING BREAD began meeting in October 2015 at a brewery in West Des Moines. Lydia Bucklin, Lizzie Gillman and Zebulun Treloar-Reid, young adults from the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa, dreamed of bringing the Eucharist out into the world. Gillman had a friend who had just opened a brewery, and he welcomed the group gather there.

In a short period of time, this ministry has taken on a life of its own. It has been featured in Episcopal News Service. The monthly gathering in Des Moines has as many as 50 people who gather, while many other communities in Iowa have hosted Breaking Bread in their community, including Fort Dodge, Sioux City, Council Bluffs & Omaha, Dubuque, and Muscatine. 

Some who attend Breaking Bread also attend a traditional church on Sundays. Some have never been to church before. Others may have been hurt or marginalized by the traditional church and find Breaking Bread to be a safe space of full inclusion.

Bucklin, an Episcopal priest who serves as young adult missioner for the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa, was initially excited for the possibilities for young adults in this ministry, however the format and structure is welcoming for any age and community of people.

 
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