PeaceAtTheTable.world is a site that collects and shares our stories of peace that have come out of a shared meal or drink.
The daily tragedies, violence, and war are very sad to me. After the Orlando, Florida mass shooting of June 12, 2016, I was angry. I was angry about all of the death and hate and disconnectedness that nurtures that hate.
As I read more about the violence there that night, I was drawn to the news of some of the residents of Orlando that were moved to connect with other people in mourning.
The shooting was just after the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr which celebrates the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Members of the community and victim’s families were invited to some of these local end-of-fast dinners as a show of support and love.
This led me to the idea of the importance of gathering and telling these kinds of stories of food and peace and healing. This idea helped me as well at that moment.
History, literature, religion, and art – just to name a few – have many stories about people, communities, and nations that have had peace and healing that grew out of a shared meal or drink.
Peace at the Table’s goal is to tell these stories and to ask others to tell theirs about peace and food as well.
I will be adding stories and news on this subject over time and sharing our reader’s submissions. I’d be grateful if you would share yours as well. I welcome any story about how healing or understanding has come out of a meal that you participated in or witnessed, no matter how small.
Thanks very much and peace,
These stories need to be told. The world needs to hear news and stories about healing and building peace – now as much as ever.