Using the Marnita’s Table concept to intentionally connect across race, class and culture, more than a hundred highly multi-cultural and multi-ethnic community people came together to participate in social interaction over issues that Create CommUNITY has been focusing on.


The first CommUNITY Table entitled “Immigration: Our Personal Stories,” was held at the home of Mayor Dave Kleis on March. 22. A highly multi-cultural group of community members came together to talk about how immigration intersects with each of Create CommUNITY’s three focus areas, as well as exchanging our personal stories. (see album of pictures)

The second CommUNITY Table was held on Sunday, June 28, 2009 at the home of Beth & Jim Knutson-Kolodzne The feast and dialogue centered on Access: The Meaning of Home and was designed for the community to come together and connect across race, class and culture for conversation and fellowship for a more inclusive Central Minnesota. (See album of pictures)

The third CommUNITY Table: “Learn This! A Conversation to Inspire Educational Attainment” was held at the home of Noreen Dunnells and Jeff Stimler on October 27, 2009. There were 58 participants (46% people of color and new immigrants). (See album of pictures)

The fourth CommUNITY Table: “Healthcare: A Personal View” was held at Renner House, home of President MaryAnn Baenninger, College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN on November 1, 2009. There were 60 participants with 58% people of color.

(See album of pictures)