2016 CTTT National Gathering

“Forward Together”

Coming to the Table invites you to move Forward Together this June with up to 140 other CTTT members and supporters – to celebrate a decade of good work, build supportive relationships, share stories and meals, gain inspiration, knowledge and skills, have fun, and plan for the next ten years, when more than ever, the Mission and Vision of CTTT needs to be heard and shared so we can increase our efforts to…

Take America Beyond the Legacy of Enslavement

10th Anniversary National Gathering (June 9-12, 2016)

Check out the preliminary Schedule HERE

Two highlights:

PHOTO Gail_Christopher_1-2010 (11)Keynote Presentation by Dr. Gail C. Christopher

Dr. Christopher is senior advisor and vice president at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. In this role, she leads the foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) enterprise (with which CTTT is a partner) and serves on the president’s cabinet that provides overall direction and leadership for the foundation. Since joining the foundation in 2007, Gail has served as vice president for program strategy with responsibility for multiple areas of programming, including Racial Equity; Food, Health & Well-Being; Community Engagement and Leadership; as well as place-based programming in New Orleans and New Mexico.

Requiem for Rice presentation by Edda Fields-Black, Ph.D.

Edda Fields-BlackComing to the Table is very pleased to host a special event on writing the libretto for “The Requiem for Rice.” Dr. Fields-Black will discuss “The Requiem for Rice,” a classical music piece written for the repose of the souls of the dead of Africans enslaved on rice plantations in the South Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry. She will discuss why she and collaborators, internationally renowned artists, visual artist Jonathan Green and filmmaker/director Julie Dash, think we need a “requiem” for enslavement, the descendants of the enslaved and of enslavers, and how she is approaching the libretto. Fields-Black will read portions of the draft of the libretto and engage in discussion with the audience attending the event in person AND with those watching the livestream broadcast at the Requiem for Rice website, Facebook page, or Twitter page. For more information CLICK HERE.

NOTE: As of May 31, 2016, registration for the 2016 National Gathering is now closed. Questions? Contact us here.

Plus, a unique learning opportunity prior to the National Gathering… the first-ever

CTTT Leadership Training Seminar (June 6-8, 2016)

BOTH at Eastern Mennonite University, in Virginia’s spectacular Shenandoah Valley, site of the first small CTTT gathering of two dozen people that took place in January 2006


Leadership Training Seminar (limited to 25 participants)

NOTE: As of March 1, 2016, the Leadership Training Seminar is FULL.

Have you thought about how you can play a more active role in CTTT and or in your community but didn’t know how or where to begin? This 3-day training will give you the nuts and bolts of how to get started, or continue growing from where you are.

  • Monday – Wednesday, June 6-8, 2016:  for in-depth training on how to be a leader in CTTT and/or in your local community
  • IMG_3463bThree full days of education sessions built around the four pillars of the Coming to the Table Approach (Facing History, Making Connections, Work Toward Healing, Taking Action) including:
    • Building Trust + Healing Circles
    • The CTTT Approach
    • Strategies for Trauma Awareness & Resilience
    • Restorative Justice
    • Community Organizing
    • Starting a CTTT Local Gathering Group
    • “Down-time” will be built into the schedule for rest and self-reflection
  • Registration fee ($195) includes lodging and some meals (see below)

10th Anniversary CTTT National Gathering (limited to 140 participants)

  • IMG_7301Thursday evening – Sunday afternoon, June 9-12, 2016: a time to share stories, connect, heal and plan actions to effect change
  • Large and Small Group Sessions, including
    • Keynote by Gail Christopher, VP Policy/Senior Adviser, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
    • Growing the Table and Staying at the Table
    • Local Group Activities
    • Deep dialogue, shared meals, learning exercises
    • “Down-time” will be built into the schedule for rest and self-reflection
  • IMG_7378Breakout Sessions, tentatively including:
    • Genealogy + Linked Descendants
    • White Privilege/Micro-Aggressions
    • Writer’s Workshop
    • Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline & Prison Privatization
    • How to be an Effective Ally
  • Registration fee ($250) includes lodging and meals (see below)


Here’s what a few folks said of the 2014 National Gathering:

“… a well-planned and a very successful event, it felt like we were making history and building momentum in an exciting movement.”

I was thrilled and uplifted by this, my first national CTTT gathering, and I look forward to the next one. I’m inspired to help with local organizing. I’m deeply grateful for the hard work of staff and volunteers.

I appreciated the deep sharing with others, feeling heard and understood, and finally, finally having a place to talk about slave ancestry/ history.”


Listen to the January 23 Community Conference Call:Everything you want to know about the CTTT 10th Anniversary National Gathering (and aren’t afraid to ask).” Click the arrow below on the left to listen…

NOTE: Registration for the 2016 National Gathering is now closed. Questions? Contact us here.

Conference Fees

10th Anniversary National Gathering: June 9 – 12, 2016
Full Registration: $250

  • Included in your registration fee is the following:
    • Access to NG sessions, presentations, and breakouts
    • Four nights’ EMU dormitory lodging (shared suites with shared kitchen and bathroom). Arrival on June 8. Departure on June 12 (unless you also register for the Leadership Training Seminar)
    • All meals and coffee/tea breaks during conference
      • Dinner (Thur, Fri, Sat); Lunch (Fri, Sat, Sun); Continental Breakfast (Fri, Sat, Sun)
  • If you are local or prefer to arrange your own lodging, registration is $125 (still includes meals)

Pre-NG Leadership Training Seminar: June 6 – 8, 2016
Full Registration: $195 (NOTE: Registration for the Leadership Training Seminar is FULL; when you click the “Click to Register” button above or below, you will be given the option to sign up on the waiting list, AND, you can still register for the National Gathering)

  • Included in your registration fee is the following:
    • Access to all training classes, sessions, and handout materials
    • Three nights’ EMU dormitory lodging (shared suites with shared kitchen and bathroom). Arrival on June 5. Departure on June 8 (unless you also register for National Gathering)
    • Continental Breakfast and Lunch each day + coffee/tea breaks during training seminar (dinners on your own)
  • If you are local or prefer to arrange your own lodging, registration is $100 (still includes meals)
  • Everyone will be asked to sign a media release form acknowledging that Coming to the Table has your permission to use pictures and video of you in publicity materials, video documentaries, newsletters, etc. You can read the form HERE. To save time at registration, feel free to print it out, sign it, and bring it with you. Otherwise, you can sign at registration. If you do NOT wish to sign a release form, please avoid participating in group photos during the NG, as such photos will be used for the purposes described above.

A limited number of travel assistance grants may be available. If you need financial support, you will be able to note the help needed on the registration form. Initial deadline to apply for financial support is March 31, 2016. Applications submitted after March 31 will be considered depending on availability of funds.

Transportation Alert

PLEASE NOTE: Any needed transportation from airport, train station, etc. to EMU will be charged separately. We’ll coordinate with the Summer Peacebuilding Institute that will be taking place at EMU at the same time. Click HERE for more information on transportation options and costs.