Coming May, 2020 from Penguin Random House
Emily Scott never planned on becoming a pastor. But when she started a church for misfits that met over dinner in Brooklyn, she discovered an unlikely calling–and an antidote to modern loneliness.
As founding pastor of St. Lydia’s Brooklyn, where worship takes place over a meal, Emily Scott spent eight years ministering to a scrappy collective of people with different backgrounds, incomes, and levels of social skills. Each week, they broke bread, sang hymns, made awkward conversation with strangers, and then did the dishes. But in a city where everyone lives on top of each other, yet everyone is lonely, these gatherings filled a longing that most people–even Emily–didn’t realize they felt.
Scott weaves stories and reflections from the life of her unlikely congregation in prose both beautiful and incisive. She explores how small acts of connection hold more power than we realize in a time when our differences are being weaponized, creating activism and justice work fueled by empathy and relationship. Recalling her journey as a single woman and a pastor looking for love and friendship in a city of millions, For All Who Hunger articulates the value of church as a place where people can hear not only that they are loved, but that they are good. When Emily’s congregation builds relationships with their neighbors in one of the world’s most unequal cities, they find courage and resources to begin working for a more just world.
For All Who Hunger is a story about faith that invites us to live with eyes wide open. There’s a place for you at the table.