Tuesday Table Talk: Weaving Hope -- A Conversation On Interconnectedness (In-Person)

Transformative Program

Tuesday 09/26/2023
6:00pm - 8:30pm EST

In a real sense all life is inter-related. All [people] are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be... This is the inter-related structure of reality.
― Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

Join us in person for an interfaith Tuesday Table Talk on September 26, at 6:00 pm, as we gather for food and conversation. We will break bread together over a simple meal of soup, salad, and bread at Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College.

Let's have a conversation about interconnectedness. Many cultures and wisdom traditions have given language to this idea of being woven together or bound up in shared mutuality with our neighbors. Engage in a facilitated discussion, and learn from diverse perspectives on our interconnectedness as human beings as an imperative for justice and equity. Together we will discuss the barriers that disrupt or distort human connection as we lean into the teachings and traditions that move us to action. If our life and wellbeing are inextricably tied to the wider human family, then our shared future requires us to dream of and work towards a better world, weaving hope together.

Bring a friend!

We do not want our sacred spaces to be cost prohibitive. For financial assistance please see below for scholarship application in “details”.

Student Discount Available. Join us for $10. During registration enter the code STUDENT10




Dominican Center Marywood is located on the campus of Aquinas College.
1700 Fulton Street East, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506

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Dwayne A. Tunstall, Ph.D.

Dr. Dwayne A. Tunstall is professor of philosophy and Associate Dean of Inclusive Excellence and Curriculum at Grand Valley State University. He is the author of two books: Yes, But Not Quite: Encountering Josiah Royce’s Ethico-Religious Insight (Fordham University Press, 2009) and Doing Philosophy Personally: Thinking about Metaphysics, Theism, and Antiblack Racism (Fordham University Press, 2013). He has published over twenty journal articles and book chapters on a variety of topics, including diversity in education, philosophical idealism, race and racial identity, religion, and social philosophy. He has given presentations on these topics at professional conferences, colloquia, and public lectures.

Jewellynne Richardson (“Momma Jewel”)

Jewellynne Richardson is a native Grand Rapidan known as the Artist ” Momma Jewel”, Pastor of New Beginnings Ministries Grand Rapids, Mich., founding member of West Michigan Jewels Of Africa Traditional African Drum and Dance Group 2004, recipient of the Congressional Proclamation, Honorable Hillary Scholten granted June 13, 2023; for continuing the work to revive and promote the traditions of Africa and keeping Pan African Culture Alive; winner of Grand Rapids Remarkable Woman of the Year 2022; Cultural Ambassador and Educational Entertainer.

Emily Napier

Emily is an information professional and intercultural educator with a BA from Western Michigan University in French, Middle Eastern Studies, and Global Studies. She has worked to empower and connect diverse members of the community through her work in public libraries, schools and non-profit education programs, interfaith organizations, and learning gardens. A devotee and student of Indian religions and philosophies for the last 16 years, she is passionate about engaging in dialogue that explores the diversity of belief and practice that can be found within spiritual traditions as a way of combating fundamentalism and “the danger of a single story.”

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