The mission of the Lois & Walter Capps Project is to connect our community through essential and authentic dialogue. We believe our democracy depends on the ability to recognize that despite our differences, we are bonded together through our conversations with one another - our shared stories, concerns and hopes for the future. Walter Capps stated that "we are strongest as people when we are directed by that which unites us, rather than giving into the fears, suspicions, innuendos and paranoias that divide."
One natural yet powerful way in which divisions can be bridged and meaningful connection can be created is by sitting down and having a meal together.
On 1st Thursday, September 6, "Our Common Table" will take place on the 1200 block of State Street, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. A long table with chairs will extend down the closed-off street. Neighbors, families, community organizations, agencies, religious organizations and places of worship, schools, and businesses are encouraged to join together at the table for food and conversation. No program, no speeches, no politics.
Here's how you can participate:
1. Be a "Bread-Breaker" (table captain) - Designate yourself to organize 5-8 people from your community group to accompany you to the table. "Bread-Breakers" should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 1st, and let us know who you are and how many will be coming from your group.
2. Bread-Breakers and each of their fellow attendees are to bring their own food, beverages, and utensils to the table. We encourage folks to purchase their own "to-go" food ahead of time from participating food establishments nearby (see list below.)
3. Be a Table Sponsor - Make a $200 contribution (tax-deductible) to support the event and we will feature your organization's name publicly. Please contact us, email@example.com, for information on how to make this contribution.
We look forward to seeing you there!