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Upcoming Tables: 2011 Calendar


Giving Thanks: Dialogue on Gratitude

Thursday, November 24

1:30 p.m.


Or, if you'd like to see the calendar in pdf format,

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(See below for a partial listing of past events.)

As always, we will be adding additional opportunities to participate in World Tables and other events.



Marathon Party

Sunday, October 2



Saturday, November 5, 2011

7:00p.m.–9:00p.m. Dinner & Conversation

9:00p.m.-11:00p.m. Dance Party Presented by Marnita’s Table Youth Advisory Board

Location: St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church


I Have a Dream Graduation Party

Friday, June 17

More than 125people young and old joined the youth of Collective Change to celebrate the many youth who have decided to go on to college as a result of the Table.

What’s the Difference: Dialogue on Diversity

Thursday, May 12

More than 25 people came together for a wide-ranging dialogue on all the ways we're different -- and the same.

EarthSeder/interfaith dialogue on our relationship and obligation to the environment

Thursday, April 28

An intimate group of just under 20 people supped on Marnita's deliciouslydelightful take on the traditional Seder feast, even as we talked about what liberation and freedom fromoppression means to each of us personally.

Marnita's Big Birthday Bash/Let’s Talk About Sex(ual Health), Baby

(continuation of the Young Women’s Initiative) There’s Always Room on the Dance Floor

Saturday, April 2

More than 50 people young and old(er) joined us for a conversation about how we value ourselves through honoring our bodies and raising our educational achievement -- AND had a fabulous celebration and dance party -- AND enjoyed great food.

I Serve

Thursday, March 3

About 40 community members came together for a robust conversation on volunteerism with a specific focus on learning more about volunteering at Marnita’s Table or mentoring/volunteering across race, class & culture in other organizations.


Together We Succeed: a Dialogue on Academic Achievement and Community Engagement

Feb. 17, 2011

St. Cloud

More than 90 community members young and old and across race, class and culture gathered at the home of St Cloud School District Superintendant Bruce Watkins to consider ways to get the whole community involved in helping all students succeed.

Giving Thanks: Dialogue on Gratitude
Thursday, November 25


Start the Conversation about their Impact in Your Life
Friday, October 15
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Dinner & Conversation
9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Dance Party Presented by Youth of Collective Change
Location: St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, Uptown

Celebration and Training Option I - Thursday, September 23

Celebration and Training Option II - Wednesday, September 29

Learn how to be a Hospitality Guide (co-host) or Table Captain for RACE|MONEY|POWER on October 15 -- and have a deliciously fun time while meeting some other great people.

Marathon Party
Sunday, October 3, 2010


Back to School KICKBACK!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

2:30-5:30 p.m.

Hosted by the Youth Advisory Board of Marnita's Table, 35 multi-cultural young people came to learn about and get involved in Collective Change.


I Have a Dream Graduation Party
Friday, June 18, 2010
Join the youth of collective change to celebrate the many youth who have decided to go on to college as a result of the Table

Southwest High School (Minneapolis) Education Table

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Students, family members, and Southwest High staff members came together to

establish more authentic relationships and strengthen family support for students.

EarthSeder/interfaith dialogue on our relationship with and obligation to the environment
Tuesday, April 20

I Serve

A community dialogue on volunteerism and community service.

St. Cloud

April 11, 2010

Marnita' Big Birthday Bash

a.k.a. Let's Talk About Sex(ual Health), Baby
(continuation of the Young Women's Initiative)
March 20, 2010

There’s Always Room on the Dance Floor

C0-Presented with the Minnesota Department of Health STD/HIV Section and the North Community YMCA
Saturday, March 20
North Community YMCA

1711 West Broadway Avenue

Minneapolis 55411


Money, Money, Money
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Dialogue on what we value and our personal relationship to money


What’s the Difference:  Dialogue on Diversity
Thursday, March 11
, 2010

EarthTable: Dialogue on the Environment
Thursday, February 18, 2010


Learn This! Making Minneapolis A Mecca for New Educational Options for the Kids who Need it the Most
Co-Presented w/The Office of New Schools/Minneapolis Public School District
Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Changing Face of the Rental Market in Central Minnesota
St Cloud, MN
Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Let's Talk About Sex(ual Health), Baby
(continuation of the Young Women's Initiative)
Co-Presented with the Minnesota Department of Health STD/HIV Section
Thursday, February 4, 2010

I Serve
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Conversation on volunteerism with a specific focus on learning more about volunteering at Marnita’s Table or mentoring/volunteering across race, class & culture in other organizations

Child Care Choices
Saturday, January 23, 2010

St. Cloud, MN
An interactive session to improve childcare workers' cross-cultural competency and skills.

Collective Change Chill Sesh!

December 12, 2009

A holiday celebration at the Table for youth aged 13-24.

Happy Hour at the Table!

December 12, 2009

Census Consensus - Regional Conversation on Ensuring Full Participation in the 2010 Census

December 8, 2009

St. Cloud

Giving Thanks: Dialogue on Gratitude

Thursday, November 26, 2009

3:30-9:00 p.m.

St. Cloud/CommUNITY Tables

Healthcare: A Personal View

Nov. 1, 2009, 12-3 p.m.

Start the Conversation Annual Fundraiser
Sex, Drugs & Reality TV
Saint Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, Uptown Minneapolis
Saturday, October 24, 6:00 – 11:00 p.m.

St. Cloud/CommUNITY Tables
Continuing the Conversation on Race
Tuesday, October 20
11:00 - 1:00 and 5:00 – 7:00

St. Cloud/CommUNITY Tables
Heal Thyself: A Dialogue on Engaging your Own Healthcare
Sunday, October 4th,
12:00 – 3:00 p.m

St. Cloud/CommUNITY Tables
Learn This! Improving Educational Attainment
Sunday, September 27
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

St. Cloud/CommUNITY Tables
Omeka on the Road! African and African American Conversation Circle
Saturday, August 8
12:00 – 3:00 p.m.


For Your Seat at the Table:
To attend one of our scheduled events, please email Carl & Marnita at, or call 612-928-7744. RSVP or a request to attend is required. Most of our events are held in private homes, space may be limited. In keeping with our mission of igniting enduring cross-cultural connections through intentional social interaction, Marnita’s Table intentionally seeks out and convenes a diverse group of individuals.

There is no charge for attending Marnita’s Table events. However, as a 501c3 charitable organization, we rely on donations from individuals and organizations to fund operations. After you have been to the table, you are encouraged to make a donation as a way of “paying it forward,” thus enabling others who may be lacking in financial resources to participate.

How is Marnita’s Table Funded?
Marnita’s Table is a 501(c)3 non-profit social capital incubator, transparently operating within both Minnesota and Federal non-profit governance guidelines.  Our annual operating budget is roughly $319,000, covering the cost of 30+ events per year and the necessary database and tracking tools to link individuals and communities for specific concerted social actions.  50% of our revenue derives from non-profits who hired Marnita’s Table to convene productive cross-cultural dialogues on topics such as racial disparities in public health, teen sexuality and immigrant access to higher education. 25% of our funding comes from foundation support and 25% comes from individual donors. 

Marnita’s Table seeks to ensure financial sustainability through a variety of fund development mechanisms and is working with a number of corporations, non-profits and individuals who wish to leverage the Table’s unique ability to ignite cross-cultural connections.  Your support, along with that of other partners, enables us to convene intentional social dialogues to forge the relationships necessary for building effective multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural action plans to meet the challenges confronting our community and beyond.

What to Expect at Marnita's Table

Over the past four years, we’ve welcomed over 7,000 people of every ethnicity, class and culture to forge strong relationships and find common ground over an abundant meal in a private home or other space. We literally provide everyone a seat at the table for peer-to-peer exchange and collaboration.

This is Marnita's Table we're talking about, so get ready for lively conversation, not some dry panel discussion. Marnita's Table isn't just a great dinner party, although it feels like one! Rather it's an opportunity to intentionally expand your personal and professional networks and revel in peer-to-peer exchange. Other guests will include business, non-profit and emerging youth leaders, as well as other community stakeholders interested in building a more inclusive, equitable future for the entire community.

Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to welcoming you to the Table.


What if I am a vegan or have other dietary considerations?
Meals are served with abundance enough for vegan to carnivore.
If you have any dietary considerations that you’d like to alert us to, e-mail

Visit our Contact Us page.

What do I wear and what should I bring?
Dress comfortably and please don’t bring any hostess gifts.

Are teenagers welcome?
Yes! Teens/kids are welcome and invited.

Other questions?
Please Call: 612.928.7744 or Email:

best, m! & Carl