Open Tables, sponsored by the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice (OCCJ), is an interfaith program designed to bring together people from different faiths to share dinner and dialogue. During the school year, three potluck dinners are held at Boston Avenue United Methodist Church. For each dinner, we ask that you bring a favorite dish to share, as well as an open mind and respect for those from different traditions. You will be seated at tables with people from other faith groups and encouraged to begin a conversation toward better understanding. There will be presentations at the dinners about the different celebrations and traditions of the various faith groups involved. Throughout the course of the year, more opportunities to attend other interfaith events will be announced. For more information about the OCCJ's programs for greater understanding and respect among faith communities, please visit their site at http://www.occjok.org/.
Our upcoming potluck dinner dates are:
- November 12, 2017 at Boston Avenue Church
- January 7, 2018 at the Jewish Federation
- April 8, 2018 at the Hindu Temple
Each dinner is held on a Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m.
The purpose of Open Tables is to build relationships and better understand persons of differing faiths. We believe that through potluck-style meals, we are feeding and being fed by our neighbors. This is a significant step in beginning a relationship with those who may have been outside our circle of experience. At interfaith tables, we hope everyone will begin to see each other not just as symbols of our religions, but as real people who are neighbors and fellow citizens of the world. While understanding is not agreement, we believe that open, honest discussion can improve our relationships and help us to better understand our own values and beliefs.