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Jeffersonian Dinners

“I opened the subject to them… but encouraged them to consider the thing together…” –Thomas Jefferson 

In the tradition of America's third president, who welcomed engaged citizens to Monticello for a meal and friendly discussion about issues of the day, a Jeffersonian Dinner hosted by the Center for Faith and Inquiry is an evening meal and thoughtful conversation around the CFI's annual theme.

Eight to twelve guests gather around one table over an elegant, formal meal to discuss such questions as:

  • What is humility, why is it lost in our culture, and how can we help to recover it?
  • What is behind the decline of civil discourse in American culture, and what can we as individual citizens do to address it?
  • Where and how do we find hope in suffering?

"I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend." - Thomas Jefferson to William Hamilton, April 22, 1800