More Than 200 People Listen, Share Ideas During Interfaith Dinner

More Than 200 People Listen, Share Ideas During Interfaith Dinner


PART OF IT. REPORTING LIVE IN DENVER, KELLY WERTHMANN COVERING COLORADO FIRST. THANKS KELLY. BETWEEN POLITICAL BICKERING AND THE DEBATES OVER ENERGY REGULATION, ELECTIONS DO BRING OUT STRONG OPINIONS. BUT AN EVENT TONIGHT IN FORT COLLINS WAS ALL ABOUT BRINGING PEOPLE BACK TOGETHER. KAREN MORFITT TAKES US TO FRIENDSGIVING. Reporter: WHILE MOST HOLIDAY DINNERS ARE TRYING TO AVOID DIFFERENCES, THIS MEAL IS ABOUT CELEBRATING THEM. EVERY SEAT INSIDE EVERYDAY JOE’S COFFEE SHOP WAS TAKEN WEDNESDAY NIGHT. EVERY TABLE, A DISPLAY OF WHAT MAKES COLORADO GREAT. I THINK IT IS REALLY GREAT TO HOLD SOMETHING LIKE THIS WHERE EVERYONE CAN HAVE A VERY GREAT SAFE SPACE AND EVERYONE CAN MAYBE SHARE HOW THEY ARE FEELING OR JUST LIKE COME TOGETHER DURING THIS TIME. AND JUST LOVE AND EAT FOOD. Reporter: FOR CSU SENIOR ASHLEY, IT’S HER FIRST FRIENDSGIVING. SHE IS SHARING A MEAL AND CONVERSATION WITH MEMBERS OF HER COMMUNITY. SOME SHE KNOWS, OTHERS, SHE’S NEVER MET. I THINK THIS YEAR SPECIFICALLY, I HAVE GONE THROUGH A LOT OF HARDSHIP. Reporter: CSU STUDENTS AND MEMBERS OF THE FORT COLLINS INTERFAITH COUNCIL HOST THE DINNER WITH THE PURPOSE OF BRINGING COMMUNITY MEMBERS FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE TOGETHER. TRUE DIALOGUE REQUIRES BOTH SIDES BEING WILLING TO CHANGE. OPEN HEART, OPEN MINDS. Reporter: LAUREN NELSON HELPED ORGANIZE THE FIRST DINNER FOUR YEARS AGO. SINCE THEN, SHE SAYS IT HAS GROWN TO MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE FROM 13 RELIGIONS, MANY COMING BACK YEAR AFTER YEAR. THE WHOLE IDEA HAS BEEN AROUND HOSPITALITY AND TRYING TO BE AS WELCOME AND OPENING FOR MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE SO WE CAN HAVE THESE POWERFUL CONVERSATIONS. Reporter: A DAY AFTER A DIVISIVE MIDTERM ELECTION, THERE IS NOTHING LIKE A HOME COOKED MEAL TO BRING EVERYTHING TOGETHER. JUST HAVING SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO WHERE YOU ALWAYS KNOW THAT YOU WILL BE HEARD AND YOU WILL BE WELCOMED. Reporter: NOW, IN ORDER FOR ALL OF THIS TO WORK, THE MEAL HAS TO BE KOSHER, GLUTEN

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