On Sunday, First Christian Church in Chattanooga hosted the 41st annual Moravian Love Feast to celebrate the coming Christmas holiday. The love feast comes from a long tradition in the Christian church of meaningful community meals meant to reflect the practice of early Christians. The Moravian Church, a Germany-based Protestant denomination, held its first feast in Germany in 1727.
At the Chattanooga event, coffee and Moravian buns were served and the University of Tennessee Knoxville Trombone Choir performed several Christmas-themed tunes. The feast is a way to remove social barriers in the community and gather people around a shared celebration, said the Rev. Brandon Gilvin, senior minister at First Christian Church.