Engaging God's Mission of the Beloved Community
This year at convention we’ll be exploring Dr. King’s vision of the Beloved Community. As we look back at the work that ECMN has done in years past, we see the strands of that good work - reconciliation, care for the environment, hunger, international relief - being woven together into this focus on the Beloved Community.
We live in a challenging world, dominated by scarcity and fear. In response to this, the goal of the Beloved Community is to create love and safety through relationships.
If we are to create a Beloved Community, then we need to live our lives just as if everyone we see is family, the neighbor is my brother, the stranger is my sister. Their needs and concerns are my needs and concerns.
The Beloved Community is God’s Kingdom come here on earth. It’s a vision for humanity in which there is complexity and difference, but also peace and justice. All the work we do aims us towards a better realization of the Beloved Community.
At convention we’ll be building a vision for the Beloved Community by learning, reflecting and working together with others from across the state. We’ll then be commissioned to act out those visions throughout the year in our own lives, faith communities and neighborhoods.
“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 e 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.”
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