WHAT: Organizing meeting for Coming to The Table for DC area
When: 6 December 2014, 11:00-1:30
Where: Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church
7400 Temple Hills Road
Camp Springs MD 20748
Coming to the Table (CTTT) is an organization whose mission is to “provide leadership, resources, and a supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledge and heal wounds from racism that is rooted in the United States’ history of slavery.” Coming to the Table is unique in that it was initiated by descendants of slave traders, slave holders, and others directly involved in the slave economy in partnership with the Center for Justice and Peace Building at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. It was inspired by the vision of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who said in his 1963 March on Washington speech that one day “the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.” The vision of Coming to the Table is “of a just and truthful society that acknowledges and seeks to heal from the racial wounds of the past—from slavery and the many forms of racism it spawned.” CTTT’s approach to achieving its vision and mission involves four interrelated practices:
• Uncovering History: researching, acknowledging, and sharing personal, family and community histories of race with openness and honesty
• Making Connections: connecting to others within and across racial lines in order to develop and deepen relationships
• Working Toward Healing: exploring how we can heal together through dialogue, reunion, ritual, ceremony, the arts, apology and other methods
• Taking Action: actively seeking to heal the wounds of racial inequality and injustice and to support racial reconciliation between individuals, within families, and in communities.
After the meeting, we hope you can join us for 1st Saturday at Davies, a free blues jam/open mic session from 1:30-5:00. You can join us for a meal (Chili and fish will be served for a small donation), play your own instrument, meet other musicians, find a band, practice skills before a live audience, and listen and dance to the house band Anthony’s “Swamp Dog” Clark & The All Star Blues Band and an Ebra African Music and Dance Troupe.
If you will be able to attend, please RSVP by November 30 to: Lynda Davis at email@example.com or (410) 636-4587. Thank you!