The People's Supper is the brainchild of The Dinner Party, Faith Matters Network, 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.
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 in 2014 before returning to her home city, Dallas and today leads TDP’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 spends her days leading marketing for a major architecture firm in Dallas, and enjoys social cycling, fort-building and rap karaoke with friends. Heather has experienced three major losses her life. Despite processing grief daily, Heather still laughs a little longer, and little louder than others.
REV. JENNIFER BAILEY
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.
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.
MICKY SCOTTBEY JONES
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.