In the month of February, we will examine the theme of Beloved Community. What exactly is Beloved Community? The philosopher and theologian Josiah Royce first coined the term. But, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., took that phrase and expanded upon it. According to The King Center:
Dr. King’s Beloved Community is a global vision, in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth. In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger, and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry, and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood. In the Beloved Community, international disputes will be resolved by peaceful conflict-resolution and reconciliation of adversaries, instead of military power. Love and trust will triumph over fear and hatred. Peace with justice will prevail over war and military conflict.
What a wonderful vision for us all to try to achieve!
I hope you have had the opportunity to explore some of the materials the Unitarian Universalist Association put together for their “Thirty Days of Love” event, which ends next week. This week’s focus is on Educating for Liberation, and you can find readings, videos, and podcasts for the whole family on the topic at the following link: https://sidewithlove.org/week-three-january-31-february-6-2021. Next week it will be Restoration and Repair, and materials can be found here: https://sidewithlove.org/week-four-february-7-13-2021. I hope you have the time to pick one or two things that you can read, watch or listen to. All of this will provide wonderful fuel for sharing your thoughts at the Theme Reflection is on the fourth Sunday (Feb. 28th) at 2 p.m. and the fourth Monday (Feb. 22nd) at 6 p.m.
This month we will also be having a New Member Sunday on February 21st. If you are someone who has been a part of our community, and would like to become a member, please call me or send me an email by February 11th. There is a luncheon and orientation we would like you to attend, and we have to schedule a time for you to sign the book to make it official! My contact information is below.
The Check-In and Chat is still happening every Tuesday and Thursday at 11 a.m. in Zoom. The Meeting ID is 870 1011 9918, and the passcode is 2428. If you do not use Zoom, you can participate by telephone by calling 646-876-9923 and use the same Meeting ID and passcode. Even if you cannot make the Check-In and Chat, if you want to speak with me about anything, you can call me on my cell, or you can set up an appointment with me through my Calendly page.
And, in honor of Punxsutawney Phil who saw his shadow on Tuesday, here is the song “There Will Be Sun” from the musical “Groundhog Day.” Enjoy!
In peace and love,