David Allen works as a Program Coordinator in the Come to the Table Program. David was born and raised in Shelby, North Carolina, and holds a Bachelor’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Masters of Divinity from Duke Divinity School. Prior to joining RAFI-USA, David worked in a variety of fields including journalism, education, and parish ministry.
Come to the Table’s School for Food Justice, Faith, and Storytelling (SFJFS) kicked off on January 19 with a session entitled, “The Power of Storytelling,” featuring a mini-workshop from New York Times bestselling author Mark Yaconelli. Here are five insights from our first session.
Stories also move people to action, help us understand the world and others more clearly, and foster a deep-seated empathy. This is even more true for faith leaders, who communicate truths about our relationship with God and neighbor, not through data, facts, or figures, but through stories – both ancient and ongoing.
In the fall of 2022, Come to the Table helped facilitate the creation of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project in the Sandhills region of North Carolina, between the Sandhills AGInnovation Center (SAIC) and Pinehurst United Methodist Church.
Come to the Table is excited to announce that registration is now open for The School for Food Justice, Faith, and Storytelling, set to begin in January of 2023. The fellowship brings together faith leaders to investigate root causes of hunger, uncover and challenge the dominant narratives around hunger, and equip leaders to transform these conversations in their community.
On May 24, Eastern NC faith leaders gathered at the Cliffs of the Neuse State Park for a day of learning, fellowship, and discussion. Come to the Table is hosting two more regional gatherings this year, and we would love to see you there!
Catch up on the Come to the Table’s 2022 conference, “Spirit, Power, and Connection: Owning Our Food Future.” Faith leaders, farmers, market managers, and food justice advocates gathered to explore the role of connection and agency as crucial steps in building a just and sustainable food system.
Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA’s (RAFI-USA) Come to the Table program (CTTT) is pleased to once again offer grants to support up to 20 rural United Methodist churches throughout North Carolina. CTTT will fund churches that are engaging in hunger relief with mini-grants of up to $2,000. These grants are funded by support from The Duke Endowment.