“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”
-1 Corinthians 13:12-13
In early 2012, Fuller students began meeting with faculty and administration, laying the groundwork for what is now a student group called OneTable. Fuller is the largest Evangelical seminary in the world and the first to sanction an official LGBT student group. In just one year at Fuller, OneTable (under the leadership of Chelsea and Samantha) hosted Gene Robinson and his documentary film Love Free or Die. They facilitated monthly dinners where they engaged the Fuller student body in dialogue surrounding faith and sexuality. And in March, they created the first ever faith-based, LGBT film festival, screening world class, award winning films while welcoming directors, cast members, and tenured professors to engage audiences in thoughtful and engaging dialogue following each screening.
With the success and impact OneTable experienced at Fuller in it’s inaugural year, Chelsea and Samantha saw a need for, and decided to expand this unique approach to dialogue by creating the national non-profit organization, Level Ground. OneTable continues to exist as a student group for the Fuller community.
Level Ground and OneTable maintain distinct missions while sharing a common history.