105 Winslow Way W
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
In the wake of the recent events in Charlottesville, several hundred people gathered on Winslow Green to show support for a more peaceful, inclusive, and just society. As people shared stories and songs, it became clear that many of us want to be more connected, to learn from each other, and to stand together in the face of hate. Over and over we heard that community is strengthened when we welcome diversity, meet challenges with compassion, and support each other with kindness.
To encourage the momentum of that initial event, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church is hosting a Peace Cafe, a time and place for coming together to share experiences and ideas that can help build stronger and more resilient community for all of us. Talk cafes are open gatherings where participants can choose between a number of labeled “topic tables”, including some undesignated tables for free discussion. A bell is rung every 15 minutes to allow folks to change tables if they wish. Each table’s conversation will center around a prepared question which aims to stimulate thoughtful responses. What helps communities resist hate/racism? How can we discover/explore our white/privilege filters? What encourages/discourages a diverse community?
We will host the Peace Cafe on Second Tuesdays in November, December and January and intend to include all ages. If there is interest, we will happily arrange for a daytime event as well. Like any good cafe, we’ll supply coffee and tea and light snacks. The front entrance of the building is wheelchair accessible; parking available in front and in back of the church.