Open Table's Purpose

Open Table’s purpose is to form young theologians who are passionate and prepared for vocations of leadership in a diverse global society.

As an institution of higher education, grounded in the United Methodist tradition, it is our desire to help young people think critically and theologically about their faith and the redeeming qualities of that faith in a diverse world. The vision of our institute, Open Table, is to empower a new generation of theologically judicious young people who can serve in their communities as those who, went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests. (Matthew 22:10) The Open Table will serve as both a theological tool from which to understand the Christian narrative along with the Abrahamic traditions, and a metaphor for a practical theology that fosters the virtue of hospitality.

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Eating Lunch

The primary goals for Open Table are:

  1. To ignite the passions of young, faithful leaders who desire to understand the narrative of the Christian tradition, the Abrahamic faiths, and God’s call on their lives.
  2. To emulate hospitality and community found in biblical story of The Feeding of the Five Thousand (Mark 6:34-44).
  3. To help form a new generation of theologians who inspire the world to engage a pluralistic society through the hospitality of an open dinner table.