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 9: Kirsten Powers

Kirsten Powers is a New York Times bestselling author, USA Today columnist and CNN senior political analyst where she regularly appears on Anderson Cooper 360, CNN Tonight with Don Lemon and The Lead with Jake Tapper. The Washington Post has called her “bright-eyed, sharp-tongued, [and] gamely combative” and “a ferocious advocate for her points of view.” Kirsten’s book SAVING GRACE: Speak Your Truth, Stay Grounded and Learn to Coexist with People Who Drive You Nuts (Convergent Books) will be released November 2, 2021.

Prior to USA Today, Kirsten was a columnist for the Daily BeastAmerican Prospect Online and the New York Post. The Columbia Journalism Review called her as “an outspoken liberal journalist” in a sea of opposition at Fox News, where she previously served as a political analyst.

Kirsten graduated from the University of Maryland-College Park with a B.S. in Journalism. A native of Fairbanks, Alaska, she resides in Washington, D.C.

Kirsten will be selling and signing copies of her new book, available for $27.

November 2: Arthur C. Brooks

November 16: Daryl Davis and His Piano