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CRASHToGather

(l-r) Sharon McGhee, Susie Prueter, Marco Torres, Steve Skardon, William Robinson,
Nancy McGinley (Emory Campbell and Georgina Ngozi not in the photo)

“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.” - Martin Luther King, Jr. As our society evolves, we are slowly separating ourselves from each other, creating environments of misunderstanding, intolerance, and exclusion. DIVERSITY DINING is about giving people an opportunity to come together, get to know one another, and identify, question, and cross the social boundaries that separate us. We are each formed by our religious, economic, geographical, recreational, vocational, political, gender, sexual orientation, and racial experiences. And we have been influenced by our parents, our friends, our heroes and foes, the media, and our history. Diversity is about the many, many complex dimensions that shape each of us as individuals. Threads of connection – “a single garment of destiny” – will help bring our community together, overcoming fear, injustice, isolation, and unproductivity. Once each month, a group of 10 people come together for dinner. Each person attends twice, once as a guest and then as a host. When someone hosts, they bring a new guest to the table and so on. Throughout the evening, a trained moderator manages a provocative dialogue, asking thought provoking questions with diversity themes. Participants are encouraged to speak honestly and to listen with intent to see the world from the speaker’s point of view. When they return home, participants can share their observations, lessons, thoughts, etc. on a DIVERSITY DINING blog. We hope that DIVERSITY DINING will promote connections and friendships and encourage participants to carry the celebration and power of diversity with them into their homes, businesses, churches, and social circles.