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      People's Supper Community Picnic in Oak Ridge

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      June 5, 2019

      Wednesday   5:00 PM

      1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike
      Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830

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      People's Supper Community Picnic

      Oak Ridge was founded in secrecy. Whole neighborhoods were created overnight, and people assigned tasks so that secrets about the atomic bomb couldn’t be shared. Secrecy was of the utmost importance if we were going to be able to accomplish our mission and end the war! Two generations later, those restrictions no longer exist, but now we have social media and devices distracting us, political pundits stoking fires of division, and lives that have become so busy that we don’t make time to sit with our neighbors. Lately, we’ve witnessed many good things that don’t appear in our news feeds. We're in conversations with leaders in business and from our faith communities who recognize that we’re stronger together than apart. We're meeting Oak Ridgers for whom helping their neighbors is simply “how we do things here.” People who are finding ways to disarm hot-button topics because they know our ability to live and work together depends on us stepping away from the maelstrom of division and toward the places we truly intersect. Many of us are witnessing an emergence of civic innovators committed to bringing people together across difference to help our community find a shared path forward for all people. We’re in this together! Our goal is simple: In a moment of separation around the country, we want to demonstrate that groups of caring, thoughtful people who differ from one another can still sit down over a shared meal and engage in a meaningful conversation together in OUR city. We invite you to be a part of a different story, a story that makes Oak Ridge truly special because the Oak Ridge is story still being written. Our story is made up of all our stories, and we hope to share them at the table! Meet us on the front lawn of First Methodist Church around 5:00 to meet and greet your neighbors. Then, be willing to join a table with people who perhaps you've never met and have a conversation that doesn't require an app or device. Face to face, let's gather and share our stories and dream together about the future of Oak Ridge. Sponsored by the Oak Ridge Ministerial Assocation & The People's Supper   FAQs What's the "People's Supper" part of this? Have I heard of them? We use shared meals to build trust and connection among people of different identities and perspectives. Altogether we’ve helped to power more than 1,400 suppers across the country, with partners including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Righteous Persons Foundation, USC Center EDGE, Erie Insurance, Obama Foundation, and more. Our work is born of the popular adage that change moves at the speed of trust. You might have seen us on programs like CBS This Morning, NBC news, or heard us referenced in NPR podcasts, or maybe read about us in the Washington Post and other places. You can learn more at In Oak Ridge, we're partnering with the Oak Ridge Ministerial Association to build numerous supper and conversation opportunities over the coming year.  The conversation part of this makes me a littel anxious, do I have to do it? You don't have to join a People's Supper table at the picnic. Our conversation is facilitated and guided, so we really want folks at those tables who have showed up to participate, or at least see how the conversations are structured. We will have other areas at the event for people to eat without having to participate in the conversation and hopefully that will reduce anxiety while still being able to hang out.  Are there age requirements to enter the event? There are no age requirements to participate, although we will not have formal child care. Depending on the age of your little one however, we will have kid and teenage tables with their own set of conversation questions. What can I bring into the event? We'll have tables and chairs for a few hundred, but if we go over that amount, a few picnic blankets are always a plus for those who are able to go tradition and picnic on the ground. We will have food for 300+ that will be basic picnic items (sandwich, chips, dessert) with some vegetarian and gluten free options. If you're particularly concerned about the menu, brown bags of your favorite foods are also welcome.  How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Contact David Allred at with questions. Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? Nope. The registration here is mostly to help us get an idea of numbers. We have a good idea of what our individual churches are bringing number-wise, but want to get a better feel for how many additional to expect.   

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