Justice Gathering for Food & Faith Leaders (Charlotte, NC)

Following the March Come to the Table Conference in Charlotte, we invite faith and community leaders to gather together again at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, May 1-2, 2019.

At our Justice Gathering for Food & Faith Leaders we will bring together 30-40 people engaged in food justice work to deepen our understanding of equity as it relates to food justice, build relationships that will support and sustain our work, and envision how we can implement our personal and collective wisdom moving forward. Throughout the gathering, in the midst of challenging conversations, we will strive to create a space for healing.

On Wednesday, May 1st, we will meet each other, share the stories of why we do what we do, reflect on symptoms versus systems, ask WHY the problems we seek to address have come about, and consider the internal workings of our faith communities and organizations (and organizational development) through an equity lens.  For those who are able to come, on the afternoon of May 1st, we will travel to the Catawba Cultural Preservation Project to do some work together in their community gardens and break bread together.

On Thursday, May 2nd, we will examine some of the historic and present-day systems, policies, and practices that have built injustice into our food system, reflect on stories of resistance, and vision how we can live and work into our values.

Rev. Dr. Fatimah Salleh will facilitate the gathering, and we are thrilled to welcome session facilitators Vivette Jeffries-Logan and Tina Vasquez of Biwa ConsultingRev. Dr. Stephanie Moore Hand of the Metro District of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist ChurchDeLesslin “Roo” George-Warren of the Catawba Cultural Preservation Project, and Nykke Ford and Camille Ford of Walk the Talk C2C.


Wednesday, May 1

9:30am Registration, coffee, settling in
10:00am Program begins
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch (provided)
1:00pm-3:30pm Programming continues
3:30pm Program at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church ends
3:45pm Travel to the Catawba Cultural Preservation Project to work in their community garden and share dinner (provided)
Approx. 8:30pm Bus returns to Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

Thursday, May 2

9:00am Coffee, settling in
10:00am Program begins
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch (provided)
1:00pm-3:00pm Programming continues
3:00 – 3:30pm Closing


Friendship Missionary Baptist Church: 3400 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte NC, 28216


Catawba Cultural Preservation Project: 1536 Tom Steven Road, Rock Hill SC, 29730


Rev. Dr. Fatimah S. Salleh was born in Brooklyn, NY to a Puerto-Rican and Malaysian mother and an African American father. She is the eldest of seven. Dr. Salleh received her PhD in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also earned a Master’s degree from Syracuse University in Public Communication and a second Master’s in Divinity from Duke University. She served a mission in Campinas, Brazil. She is married to Eric Sorensen and they have four children. She is the founder of A Certain Work, an organization dedicated to educating on issues of faith, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Have questions? Contact Margaret Krome-Lukens at [email protected] or 919-621-3593.

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