Project Coffee Table (PCT), Bama UKirk, First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa, AL, and UPerk are pleased to announce the hiring of five 2018-19 Table Setters. PCT, an initiative of Bama UKirk made possible by a 2014 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., was established to encourage students who possess spiritual and leadership gifts to explore potential calls to Christian ministry. Additionally, the Project aims to inspire the broader spectrum of students to think theologically and vocationally about their life’s work. The upcoming year’s slate of Table Setters marks the largest group of interns in the Project’s four-year history. Together, they will work with Project Director Rev. James Goodlet to create community-driven programming based out of UPerk.

The 2018-19 Table Setters include:

  • Lara Cuomo, Director of Vocational Programming
  • Seth Eriksen, Director of Communication & Storytelling
  • Elise Turner, Director of Community Life & Outreach
  • Audrey Webb, Director of Worship & Evangelism
  • Britton Williams, Director of Congregational & Alumni Engagement

About Project Coffee Table

Project Coffee Table (PCT) is an initiative based out of First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa, AL, and its ministry to college students, UKirk Ministries. Rev. James Goodlet, Associate Pastor for Campus Ministry, and the College Committee (and, by proxy, the Session) of First Presbyterian Church direct and oversee the project.

There are two tracks to the program:

Table Setter Track: An internship program based out of the Bama UKirk campus ministry. Funds received from Lilly Endowment Inc. support this internship program. Selected interns—called Table Setters— have various responsibilities, including (but not limited to): creating regular programming and/or service-learning opportunities based out of UPerk wedding the needs of the greater Tuscaloosa/University of Alabama community with each Table Setter’s vocational interest(s); crafting and leading worship; and attending discernment retreats.

General Track: This track is open to all students as they consider vocation and its effect upon their career choices. The General Track includes: service-learning opportunities set up by the Table Setters in partnership with the University of Alabama and its affiliate departments/offices; the Coffee Mates mentorship program with First Presbyterian Church; and Vocational Weekend at Columbia Theological Seminary with the Presbyterian Student Center at the University of Georgia.

The Project has two primary purposes:

To encourage students who possess spiritual and leadership gifts to explore potential calls to Christian ministry. This is accomplished through PCT’s Table Setter Track. The College Committee of First Presbyterian Church selects a group of student interns who examine the relationship between God’s claim upon their lives and their life/career choices. The Table Setters have various responsibilities, ranging from worship leadership to creating community ministries to theological reflection. Through this, they discern a potential call to Christian ministry or to any other field.

To inspire the broader spectrum of students to think theologically and vocationally about their life’s work. This is accomplished through the project’s General Track, which provides a wide variety of experiences for the broader community to consider their career choices through the theological lens of vocation. Some experiences are created by the Table Setters; others are established in conjunction with partner agencies. The experiences have included: service-learning opportunities set up by the Table Setters in partnership with the University of Alabama and its affiliate departments/offices; the Coffee Mates mentorship program with First Presbyterian Church; Career Café, a speaker series taking place at UPerk; and Vocational Weekend at Columbia Theological Seminary with the Presbyterian Student Center at the University of Georgia.