We must recognize and nurture the creative parts of each other without always understanding what will be created.
What we do
We believe that authentic relationships can help us to imagine and create more collaborative and powerful movements for social change.
Table to Action gatherings bring people together across differences that often divide — differences of class and race, generation and gender, religious and spiritual identity, ability and background. At inclusive, welcoming tables, we invite people to build relationships with one another by breaking bread, telling stories, exploring differences, and sharing hopes and dreams for our communities, our city, and the world.
We are particularly eager to create opportunities for straight allies — especially within religious communities and communities of color — to get to know LGBTQ leaders, including LGBTQ religious leaders and queer people who are leaders in a wide range of social justice movements.
In the words of Assata Shakur, made familiar in recent months by the #blacklivesmatter movement: “We must love each other and support each other...” if we are to bring a world of justice and liberation into being. Sharing meals and stories is one way we can learn to do this well.
The Table to Action Project was launched by Auburn Seminary in 2013 with generous support from the Arcus Foundation. The first Table to Action initiative was in Chicago, where Table to Action gatherings drew together a diverse group of LGBTQ activists, faith leaders, and African American community leaders to build and repair relationships and develop capacity for ongoing collaboration and mutual support. Learn more about the dreaming and action that happened through our work in Chicago here.
In 2014, Auburn brought the Table to Action project to Atlanta. Our work here is rooted in the South’s own rich traditions of social justice organizing, even as it builds on what we learned in Chicago. In Atlanta, we are working to build on and support the intersectional organizing that is already happening across diverse LGBTQ communities in the region, particularly work at the intersection of LGBTQ equality and racial and economic justice that are highlighted by the #blacklivesmatter movement and local efforts to address policing and criminal justice concerns.
All photography provided by Auburn Seminary.