Friday, September 9, 2016

The Table Setters Official Launch

This was a big week. We are moving into Pingree Park on Detroit's East side tomorrow morning. We are grieving with our friends and DOOR Family in LaGrange, Atlanta. And, Marvin Wadlow Jr. and launched The Table Setters, officially. (so, in lieu of an actual post, I'm going to share our missional language along with the launch video.)

Please share and spread the word, and hopefully we can come work with your school, church, or business soon!

Diversity training must move beyond Black History Month towards a culturally integrated life. We set table workshops in churches, schools and businesses, and then we develop ongoing programs of relational accountability for the long haul.

The Table Setters is a faith-based organization that produces improved relationships across humanly created racial, socio-economic, political, and religious lines. We combine launch events in churches, schools, and civic institutions with customized plans for ongoing cultural accountability. Diversity training days are never enough. Ongoing relationships that nurture connections and share brokenness, hopes and dreams, can be mutually healing and productive. We believe that racial alliances, forged through respect, trust, and accountability are close to the heart of Christ, as referenced in Romans 14 and Matthew 18, especially in the context of a meal! We will listen to the needs of your particular community and develop a format for both the initial launch workshop as well as a schedule of repeated table settings to nurture diverse relationships for the long haul.

Founded through the deep friendship of Marvin Wadlow Jr., an African-American Baby Boomer, and Matthew John Schmitt, a European-American Generation X-er, the Table Setters exist to remember that we are all invited to God's Table through Christ, with none of us over or under-welcomed. Both founders lament that though Jesus shares stories and parables through setting a variety of tables across cultures and classes, most of our country, including Christians, have a hard time stepping outside their zip codes. The Table Setters believe that reality is greater understood when we fully appreciate differences across the divisions of humankind, and we aim to start a movement of courageous and ongoing Table Setting: individuals, businesses, and congregations who are willing to continually meet with "the others.” We are called to mutually learn, question, and share experiences in vulnerable storytelling that ultimately moves us towards making better decisions together.

Visit our Facebook Website today to arrange life changing workshops centered in vulnerable conversations regarding racial, social, economic, political, and religious devisions. Workshops can be customized to be rooted in Scripture and Sacred Texts, and we create accountability plans with hosting entities towards ongoing relationship nurturing and conflict resolution.

Peace by peace,

 +Matthew John Schmitt

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