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2024 Come to the Table Conference and Events

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

The Come to the Table Conference is hosted by the Come to the Table Program of RAFI. Under the leadership direction of Executive Director Edna Rodriguez, RAFI challenges the root causes of unjust food systems, supporting and advocating for economically, racially, and ecologically just farm communities. The mission of the Come to the Table program is to empower faith communities to participate in the creation of a just food system through collaboration, capacity building, and advocacy.

Since 2007, Come to the Table has been holding biennial conferences to convene persons of faith, farmers, and community leaders to come together around issues of food access in their communities. Previous conference themes have included Spirit, Power, and Connection: Owning Our Food Future (2021), Called to Action: Uprooting Hunger and Cultivating Justice (2019), Bridging Divides: Cultivating Food & Faith Connections (2017), and Head, Heart, Hands (2015). 

The theme for the 2024 conference is “Food, Land & Sacred Stories,” which will explore these pieces as individual concepts and as a continual thread through the lens of race and equity. With a special emphasis on lived stories, the conference will incorporate storytelling and story-making in several different mediums, featuring workshops, panels, farm tours, keynotes, networking events, and more.

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Interested in submitting a workshop proposal? Check out our blog post on what we are looking for in a workshop and how to submit by clicking here.

EVENT SPONSOR

This event is made possible through the generous support of The Duke Endowment. Based in Charlotte and established in 1924 by industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke, The Duke Endowment is a private foundation that strengthens communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds, and enriching spirits. Since its founding, it has distributed more than $3.6 billion in grants.

If you or your organization is interested in becoming a sponsor for the upcoming conference, stay tuned for more information about sponsor levels and benefits.

Come to the Table 2024 Events

Listening & Sharing Sacred Stories (Hillsborough, NC)

April 11, 2024 10:00 am ET

This interactive workshop will lead participants through examples of effective storytelling practices for individuals, ministries, and congregations. Focused on the importance of deep listening and community building, the workshop will equip faith leaders with practices to take back to their own congregation. Lunch and mileage reimbursements will be offered.

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Listening & Sharing Sacred Stories (Canton, NC)

May 30, 2024 10:00 am ET

This interactive workshop will lead participants through examples of effective storytelling practices for individuals, ministries, and congregations. Focused on the importance of deep listening and community building, the workshop will equip faith leaders with practices to take back to their own congregation. Lunch and mileage reimbursements will be offered.

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Stories We Tell

March 21, 2024 9:00 am ET

In conjunction with the Holston Conference and Table Grace, Come to the Table is hosting a free workshop for clergy and lay leaders on March 21 at Cokesbury UMC (Knoxville). The event – Stories We Tell: Shifting Food Justice Narratives – will focus on the power of narrative and story as it pertains to food justice issues […]

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