Divisiveness and conflict are fueled by the inability to see each other as people, with much more in common than we are often led to believe. 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."
Sitting down for a meal together is one of the most fundamental ways to bridge divisions and build community. It is a basic starting point toward deeper understanding and relationship-building. Common Table represents a growing number of rather uncommon events around the community for doing just that. No speeches, no politics, no awards… just food and conversation.
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⬅︎ Common Table in Montecito, July 26th, 2018 (video)
Common Table on State Street, September 6th, 2018 (video) ➜
"Each citizen makes a difference in our democracy. One important way is to have direct involvement in their local community. If individuals participate in shaping their local communities, the cumulative effect will be to revitalize our democracy, which will affect future generations."
Jeff Bridges – Lois & Walter Capps Project Advisor