Dear Friends of Coming to the Table,
As we come to the end of the 8th year since CTTT began in January 2006, plans are afoot in the coming year for another National Gathering, continued monthly Community Conference Calls on a variety of subjects (from genealogy, to restorative justice, to discussions of relevant films and books), and the establishment of new local CTTT communities. With your involvement and support, 2014 looks to be the busiest year yet for Coming to the Table.
12 Years a Slave: Can I get a witness?
CTTT Community Conference Call:
Saturday, December 14, 2013, 1:00pm (PDT), 4:00 (EDT)
One activity your contributions to CTTT support is our monthly Community Conference Calls. November’s call on “Healing Old Wounds” was one of the most well-attended yet! December’s call may prove to be even more so…
12 Years a Slave is high in peoples’ minds these days. It is performing well at the box office, has received almost universally high praise, and is being touted for many “best of the year” awards.
One of the pillars of the Coming to the Table Approach is to view, acknowledge, and try to understand history with openness and honesty. One CTTT member, Fran Sutton-Williams, suggested an important first step is for everyone to accept that slavery happened in all of its horror; that black people require others to witness the truth and share the pain. Fran wasn’t even suggesting that everyone should see the movie. Each of us knows our limits. But that willing individuals of every race need to stand up and witness something that has devalued its victims for centuries and continues to tear the country apart. We must stand together and witness for each other.
As those who have seen 12 Years a Slave know, it raises strong emotions and reactions. December’s conference call will be a discussion about the film and the thoughts and emotions it raises. For instance, after viewing the film…
- What feelings and thoughts did 12 Years a Slave stir up for you?
- What do you know now about American chattel slavery that you didn’t know before?
- How can 12 Years a Slave (the film and the book) be best used to work with young people; how do we connect to educators and those responsible for the education of future generations?
- How do you define the work that needs to be done by descendants of the enslaved and the enslavers?
December’s call will be an opportunity to share feelings and thoughts with others in the CTTT Community, as well as to serve as a call to action for strengthening the work of CTTT to address the damage from the legacy of slavery. It’s an opportunity to “stand together and witness for each other.”
To participate in this call you MUST RSVP HERE!
Deadline to RSVP is December 10.
Support Coming to the Table on “Giving Tuesday”
Thanksgiving? Black Friday? Cyber Monday? How are YOU launching the holiday season? Whether you chose a quiet weekend with family and friends, a frenzied weekend of shopping, or something else, please take a moment to think about, and offer thanks for Coming to the Table…
Yes, Thursday, November 28, was a holiday designated for giving thanks as many of us gathered with our families and friends around many different tables.
and, yes, Friday, November 29, was a day upon which many people stepped away from their tables to rush out to stores to get great deals on presents and other things.
and, yes, Monday, December 2, is a day when many people will sit at tables in front of their computer screen searching online to get more great deals.
THEN comes Tuesday, December 3, ahhh, GIVING TUESDAY! This is the day now recognized as a reminder to sit at our tables with our checkbooks open to give something back; to support non-profit, charitable organizations that make a difference… like Coming to the Table!
At the beginning of this Holiday Season, we encourage everyone who understands the importance of Coming to the Table – and if you’re reading this, that means YOU – to make a contribution in order to help us grow as we continue toward our goal of “Taking America Beyond the Legacy of Enslavement.”
YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT helps create more opportunities for connection through monthly conference calls, online community social networks, healing events, and our upcoming National Gathering, May 23-25, 2014.
The CTTT Board asks YOUR HELP to raise $15,000 by December 31, 2013. It’s a modest goal to ensure that Coming to the Table continues to offer a vibrant and meaningful experience for anyone wishing to confront and heal the legacy of slavery. Please make a tax deductible contribution to support Coming to the Table.
Mail your check or money order made out to “EMU-CTTT” to:
Office of Development
Eastern Mennonite University
1200 Park Road
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
Or click here to make a donation on line.