Gathering is a part of the human experience. In societies of slower-paced, smaller communities, gatherings often happen organically and are built into the societies communal rituals and celebrations. In societies of faster-paced, larger communities, it seems more effort must be taken to ensure that gatherings occur.
The Table began as a spontaneous gathering in a fast-paced city, as a recognition of the expressed need to connect at a human level. It has been a place for those who gather to pause, reflect with one another, and take part in fruitful conversations. It is now a community engaged in creating a space for, and engaging others in, principled conversation.
The Table brings together people with widely diverse view points to exchange perspectives, push past labels and stereotypes, and engage in our common humanity in the context of current events. We work together to search for the right questions, recognize our own need for learning, and become curious and generous with one another. The Table may not be the solution to bring about world peace, but it is a start. The least we can do is come together, share, and have a conversation.