“Hospitality, therefore, means primarily the creation of a free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines.”
– Henri Nouwen
Our community’s rhythm is punctuated by both core and satellite events. Core Events are organised collaboratively by members of our four partner denominations. Satellite Events are organised by local churches, groups, or individuals who are associated with the Open Table community.
In September, we hold a weekend retreat for anyone interested in our community. We also gather monthly for a common meal followed by an optional discussion or activity.
The Open Table is supported by the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, the Presbyterian Church in Canada and the Ottawa Presbytery of the United Church.
Today the people of St John, Ottawa served students a wonderful meal prepared by Chef Scott Porter and served by willing volunteers who see the value of this ministry.