This past Sunday Bishop Michael and 27 other faith leaders co-signed an Op-Ed in the Oregonian titled “An antidote to hate crimes is deliberate ‘friend-making.’” They are the Common Table of Oregon, a faith-based movement to bridge the increasingly toxic political divide of our times by finding common ground together. After a first gathering last November, they have continued to build relationships and explore areas of overlap in our traditions, including opposing white supremacy.
Feeding the hungry and housing the houseless are two basic values shared by most people of faith. Now Common Table is beginning a little research, and would like your help. They are interested in mapping the impact of faith communities responding to these basic needs throughout our state.
If your community is engaged in an effort to respond to food or housing insecurity, Common Table would like to know about it. Please take some time to fill out their hunger & housing questionnaire here, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Likewise, if you know of other faith-based initiatives attempting to address these core needs, please forward this invitation to them.
As the faith-impact map grows, Common Table hopes to use it to learn more about each other, work alongside each other, and deepen our sense of community throughout the state. As they said in Sunday’s Op-Ed, they’re not so naïve to think this small step will heal every hurt between us, but in an era of growing division, strife and polarization, this is a step in the right direction.
The spiritual path of friend-making isn’t flashy, and it seldom makes the news. But Common Table believes it is the only path to take forward as a society, and invites you to join in walking it together.
For more information about the Common Table, check out their website commontableorgeon.org.