The People's Supper is the brainchild of Faith Matters Network, The Dinner Party, and Hollaback!. Our conversations began long before Election Day about a need we each felt within and across our organizations, and the opportunity each of us had to serve it.
- Faith Matters Network: A people of color led collective working to equip 21st century faith leaders with the tools to build healthy, equitable communities.
- The Dinner Party: A community of mostly 20- and 30-somethings working to transform life after loss from an isolating experience into one marked by community support and candid conversation.
- Hollaback!: A movement to end harassment in public spaces, both online and in the streets.
The Dinner Party
Heather is a visual storyteller who specializes in photo/videography and editing, graphic arts, volunteerism and activism. She helped found The Dinner Party’s first table in Austin, TX in 2014 before returning to her home city, Dallas. Today, she leads TDP’s and The People's Supper's efforts to build safe and inclusive communities for newcomers, longtime guests and hosts, and to give voice to collective and historic grief and trauma. She is one of several designers behind Say Their Name, begun in response to the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and is the voice and curator behind The Invisible Tomboy, a popular Instagram account working to challenge gender norms. She otherwise spends her days social cycling, fort-building and signing "rap karaoke" with friends. Heather has experienced three major losses her life – her father, her grandmother and her 17 year old cat. Despite processing grief daily, Heather still laughs a little longer, and little louder than others.
Rev. Jennifer Bailey
Faith Matters Network
Jennifer is an ordained minister, public theologian, and emerging leader in multi-faith movement for justice. Named one of 15 Faith Leaders to Watch by the Center for American Progress, she is the Executive Director of the Faith Matters Network, a new interfaith community equipping faith leaders to challenge structural inequality in their communities. Jennifer is an Ashoka Fellow and Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellow having earned degrees from Tufts University and Vanderbilt University Divinity School where she was awarded the Wilbur F. Tillett Prize for accomplishments in the study of theology. She writes regularly for a number of publications including Sojourners and the Huffington Post. Her first book, tentatively titled Confessions of a #Millennial #Minister is currently under contract with Chalice Press. Rev. Bailey is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
The Dinner Party
Lennon is co-founder and Executive Director of The Dinner Party, a community working to change the way we approach life after loss. She most recently served as Community Director for Ashoka’s Start Empathy Initiative, where she led efforts to find, coach, and select the next wave of "Empathy Fellows," and to distill and share the key principles and practices underpinning their work with educators looking to follow their lead. Lennon has written for CNN, YES!, Forbes, Open Democracy, EdWeek, and GOOD, and has been featured in more than a dozen publications, including O Magazine, NYT, NPR, OnBeing, and Los Angeles Magazine for her work with The Dinner Party. She is an Ashoka Fellow and an Aspen Ideas Scholar, and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. Backpacking, North Carolina barbecue (vinegar-based, of course), and a good porch rank high on her list of favorite things.
Faith Matters Network
Margaret is a faith-rooted organizer who anchors her work in relationship, imagination, and the unique places and histories that form us. She has experience bringing faith communities together for economic, racial, and immigrant justice in Nashville and Philadelphia, including with the PICO Network-affiliated group POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild), the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia, Showing Up for Racial Justice, and Nashville Community Defense. In the process of seeking ordination in the United Church of Christ, Margaret finds her ministry in the sacred work of supporting others to become leaders and create the communities they dream of. She holds a special commitment to activating fellow white people to take action against racism in ways that are accountable to movements led by people of color and grounded in personal work to disrupt white supremacy from within. Hailing originally from the Northeast, Margaret is now living in and learning from the South as she pursues a Master's of Divinity at Vanderbilt Divinity School. She keeps singing and laughing at all costs.
Micky ScottBey Jones
Faith Matters Network
Micky – the Justice Doula – is a womanist contemplative activist, healer, nonviolent direct action organizer and consultant who facilitates conferences, workshops, pilgrimages, retreats and online conversations. She writes & speaks on a variety of topics including healing justice, communal self-care, contemplative activism, intersectionality and theology from the margins. Micky has an M.A. in Intercultural Studies and is an Associate Fellow of Racial Justice with Evangelicals for Social Action. She is the Director of Healing Justice at Faith Matters Network and an activist-in-residence at Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, TN. Micky was named one of the Black Christian leaders changing the world in Huffington Post. You can interact with her work and collaborations at www.mickyscottbeyjones.com
Emily is an international leader in the anti-harassment movement. In 2005, at the age of 24, she co-founded Hollaback! in Brooklyn. In 2010 she became its first full-time executive director. Emily has won 11 awards for her work and been featured in over 200 news media outlets including People Magazine, the New York Times, and NPR. Emily holds a Bachelor’s Degree from New York University, a Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics, and is a Prime Movers Fellow and an Ashoka Fellow.
Patrick is a community builder. Ever since studying social psychology at the University of Chicago, Patrick has built a career around bringing organizations and people together. At the University of Chicago, his idea to build an automated matching system for the University’s 200+ overnights each year was funded by the Student Leadership Institute. After University, he has worked with a variety of nonprofit causes from educational access to legal support. He has led/supported programs such as a month long international educational summer camp, a 3-day arts and wellness festival, and a philanthropic empowerment campaign. Upon moving to New York, he worked on LGBT+ inclusion in business and acted as the primary support for the organization’s “world tour” - 13 events across 3 countries over 1 month. He is driven to build bridges and advance understanding and opportunity.