We are a gathering of interfaith leaders and practitioners who have committed to learning more about one another, trusting one another, and standing together – even in the midst of our differences – by taking the following steps:

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Hi-lighting the public work of faith communities in Oregon.

Taken in the aggregate, the service work of our faith traditions represents a substantial social safety net that largely goes overlooked.  The Common Table will build a “Faith Impact Map,” to better understand the role of faith communities in Oregon.  Though the logistical work will be coordinated by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and the Portland Leadership Foundation, participating faith leaders and traditions commit to supporting this mapping project and helping all Oregonians better understand the role of faith.

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Deepening relationships between faith leaders & elected officials in Salem. 

Once the map of A) is developed and shared with the general public, this can be a tool to deepen relationships between Oregon’s faith traditions and its elected officials. Common Table participants commit to participating in this process through a variety of means (this might include a prayer breakfast, and/or different opportunities to educate legislators about the true impact of our faith traditions here in Oregon).

 
 
 
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Stepping into the public sphere as Peacemakers.  

Common Table leaders commit to exploring opportunities for peacemaking around issues that have otherwise been divisive in American public life.  This could happen on the state-wide level, but will also be developed on the local community level. “Common Table Hubs,” will be established in key regions throughout the state, building relationships between local leaders and their communities, and curating critical conversations of mutual respect and understanding across the political divide of our times.

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Public Advocacy and Witness. 

Common Table leaders commit to an ongoing process of discernment around a shared calling in the public sphere.  As our “Faith Impact Map” of Oregon grows in scope and clarity, we may discover there are key areas of concern that all of us could decide to address together.  A few open questions include:  How might we make space to lift up the voices and stories of marginalized communities we feel called to respect and protect?  How might we work toward a future where those voices are treated with respect and compassion?