When Jose Andres, chef, humanitarian, and founder of World Central Kitchen, was the featured speaker at the Cathedral’s Honest to God series last spring, he shared that his mother’s philosophy of hospitality had inspired his own mission statement: “Let’s build longer tables not higher walls.” In the Andres home, no one was denied a seat at the dinner table—a table that got miraculously longer every night!

This November, in the spirit of the Andres tradition, Vicar Dana will be host three dinner and discussion evenings for congregation members and their guests. All will be welcome, not only to dine but to engage in hard, heartfelt conversations about difficult topics. Religion, racism, politics —everything will be on the table. Vicar Dana hopes to create a protected space in which we can see the gifts in others, recognize the value in their stories, and do our part to heal our nation’s spirit. And all in time for your Thanksgiving holiday with those difficult family members whom you don’t want to be seated next to at dinner!

Questions? Email [email protected].

November 2: Arthur C. Brooks

Arthur C. Brooks is the William Henry Bloomberg Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and Professor of Management Practice at the Harvard Business School. Before joining the Harvard faculty in July of 2019, he served for ten years as president of the Washington, D.C.-based American Enterprise Institute (AEI), one of the world’s leading think tanks.

Brooks is the author of 11 books, including the national bestsellers “Love Your Enemies” (2019), “The Conservative Heart” (2015), and “The Road to Freedom” (2012). He is a columnist for The Atlantic, host of the podcast “The Art of Happiness with Arthur Brooks,” and subject of the 2019 documentary film “The Pursuit,” which Variety named as one of the “Best Documentaries on Netflix” in August 2019.

Brooks holds a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He also holds an M.A. in economics from Florida Atlantic University and a B.A. in economics from Thomas Edison State College.

November 9: Kirsten Powers

November 16: Daryl Davis and His Piano