Cornel West meets UrbanPromise youth at Trinity Episcopal in Princeton

january-2011-020For a Friday evening in January, the community hall of Princeton’s Trinity Church felt like Easter Sunday.

Nearly 170 visitors gathered at the Episcopal parish for the inaugural dinner of Trinity Church’s One Table Café on January 21. UrbanPromise youth sat down with senior citizens, scholars, and spiritualists.  They dined on cheese and biscuits, pan-roasted Scottish salmon, and sweet potato puree, all without spending a dime.

The event also featured inaugural speaker Dr. Cornel West, the renowned Princeton University professor of religion and African American studies. West flew out from Los Angeles, Calif., where he appeared on the Craig Ferguson show, to speak to One Table Café’s guests and commemorate the Trinity Church’s outreach efforts.

“This is the human community at its best,” West said. “It’s all about love and compassion trying to generate bonds of trust.”