Emmaus ministries, Journey to the Table, Test Locations
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Journey to the Table has two great images built into it: Journey and Table.

This table was at Camp Casowasco in the Finger Lakes of central New York. It existed only during our Journey to the Table test with students from Syracuse University in September of 2015. Around this table, people from different groups and different faith backgrounds connected with one another – many for the first time. They had discussions, learned new things, enjoyed a beautiful camp, found new ways to connect with this table, and hoped to connect with each other more afterwards. This table started the weekend as a simple altar. Later, these posters were placed around it. Granted, the table was a convenient place to display these posters, created by the students participating in the weekend. The table itself was also changed by the presence of these posters, and of those who participated. It certainly gained more vibrant colors. By the end of the weekend, this same table received answers to two questions from each participant: What has this weekend meant to you? What are you going to do about it? Any experience can be changed by the people who are present. Think of your favorite movie, your favorite place to eat, or your favorite place in nature. How many different people have seen this with you? When different people were there, what new thoughts did they bring? What in their experience brought up something new for you as well? In many ways, God’s table never changes. But there are also ways in which we each change the table, at least for the others around it. It is our hope that everyone brings their full self to Journey to the Table. While the table is the same before we arrive, we each bring something to it and take something from it. We may have an impact on people around us while we are there, and we may be impacted by our presence. Journey to the Table is a place to come to that table with your full self, impact others and be impacted, and ultimately to go out an impact other people around other tables based on your experience.  
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Emmaus ministries, Journey to the Table
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Journey to the Table has two great images built into it: Journey and Table.

This table, at Camp Cedar Crest in Tennessee was a great table to stand around. I stood there with a group of others while the first colors of fall were starting to show in the leaves of so many trees that almost surrounded us. There were fallen leaves on the table. There were even more leaves of then ground – enough so that you couldn’t take a step without hearing the crackling of the leaves under your feet. You were aware of everyone around you. And everyone else was aware of your presence. In JTT, the image of table starts at God’s table. We are welcome there because God first invited us and made a place for each of us. When we go to this table, we are invited to be aware of God’s presence with us. From there we can go to other tables, with other people, and do many other things. Those might be different tables, but hopefully we are still aware of God’s presence there too. I hope that everyone who experiences Journey to the Table will have the chance to be aware of God’s presence at this, first, table. Then we’ll talk about the other tables we are part of, or start for ourselves.  
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