'Spirituality and Sushi' reels in young adults for first in a series of four summer events

Sushi-choicesOn June 28, a group of about 30 young adults gathered for a "Spirituality and Sushi" night at the Green Bay home of Paul and Carrie Miller. The event was sponsored by the Department of Education with support from the Bishop's Appeal.

Sushi-makingHost and sushi-roller Paul Miller made sure everyone could find something to enjoy. His impromptu "Wisconsin Roll," stuffed with brat and cheese, was among several popular choices.

And with steamed edamame and a host of desserts and wines brought by the guests as side dishes, the conversation lasted several hours.

In addition to various types of sushi, guests were given a set of discussion questions to ponder:

  • What could you let go?
  • What nourishes your spirit?
  • What gives you hope?

For many of those gathered, the responses revolved around a universal desire to connect with others and with God.

Sushi-outsideKathy Holl was involved in the Catholics Come Home Young Adult Initiative at St. Philip and St. Bernard parishes in Green Bay and attended Theology on Tap sessions last year. She attended the event with her young adult daughter, Marie, in hopes that she might also experience a sense of community. Marie Holl had never had sushi before the event. "Most of it's good," she said.

Bridgette Hartzheim, a member of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral and a timid sushi eater, said she liked that the Catholic Church was open to hosting non-traditional events such as "Spirituality and Sushi" and the upcoming "Grillin' with God" event.

Laura Davenport is a recent addition to the Diocesan Young Adult Advisory Board. A member of St. Raphael the Archangel Parish in Oshkosh, she's been involved in youth and young adult ministry in the Oshkosh area and wanted to expand her ministry network. At this event she found a community of young adults willing to share their experiences of faith and dialogue about their journey as the people of God.

Sushi-groupReconnecting with God through a community of young adults was what participants like Patrick Blaney of Green Bay got out of the evening. He said he enjoyed the night and is looking forward to connecting with new acquaintances at future offerings.

Several members brought their young children and enjoyed being able to meet others and discuss issues such as parenting, choosing a school and how to best pass along the faith to their children.

"Sometimes we struggle with how to bring young adults together to discuss their Catholic faith and forget that the Holy Spirit is always working to stir the hearts of our young adults," said Julianne Stanz, director of adult faith formation and young adult ministry for the Green Bay Diocese. "For those gathered on this night it seemed that the Spirit was very much alive and enjoying the Sushi too."


Other summer events for young adults

Soul Food pdf_button -- Summer events for young adults from the Diocese of Green Bay Department of Education