CTTT-RVA was established as a local group on Tuesday June 16, 2015 to serve Metropolitan Richmond and the surrounding areas. There were eight in attendance and the discussion included stories of how racism had affected each person. The stories were powerful, magnifying the need for a chapter in the city that was once the Capital of the Confederacy.
Meetings are typically held on the third Tuesday of each month, and usually hosted at the home of someone in the group. At each meeting, the Touchstones for healing conversations and the CTTT Vision and Mission are read to promote honest, constructive and comfortable conversation. In August 2015 Richmond was the host city for the Mid-Atlantic CTTT gathering. Later that December, CTTT- RVA celebrated community by partnering with Embrace Richmond and other organizations for a prayer walk through Northside, potluck dinner and presentation by Anna Edwards from the Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project.
Subsequent group outings have included a luncheon and daytime History Tours of the Civil War Museum, Tredegar Museum, The Library of Virginia, Shockoe Bottom and the Elegba Folklore Society. By January our mailing list had grown to over 200 with 49 actively interested and over 30 regularly attending.
A shared vision is that additional CTTT gathering groups will form across the city— some meeting on weekends, some at lunch or at breakfast. As one enthusiastic participant shared— “I wish we could become sort of like AA with lots of gathering group I can find a group to attend— even everyday if need be.” The Richmond Gatherings are co-convened by Danita Green, Martha Rollins and Joshua Stepney. For more information, please contact us HERE or connect with us via Facebook.