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Published on June 17, 2007

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To Build the Beloved Community:  To Build the Beloved Community Rev. Dr Fred Douglas Smith Jr Ph.D The Greatest Commandment:  The Greatest Commandment You shall Love you’re the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it You shall love your neighbor as yourself One these two commandments hangs all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:37-40) Question of community: Who is my neighbor?:  Question of community: Who is my neighbor? Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers? He said, 'The one who showed him mercy.' Jesus said to him 'Go and do likewise.' Jesus’ Command us:  Jesus’ Command us I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:34-35) Testimony to the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus:  Testimony to the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus No one claim private ownership of any possessions, but everything was held in common. There was not a needy person among them. Brought proceeds of what was sold…..and it was distributed to each as any had need. What is Love?:  What is Love? Beloved , let us love one another, because love is from God; Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God Whoever does not love does not know God For God is love. (1 John 4: 7-8) How does one Love?:  How does one Love? How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses to help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. (1 John 3:17-18) Martin Luther King’s Dream :  Martin Luther King’s Dream The dream is one of equality of opportunity, of privilege and property widely distributed; a dream of a land where persons will not take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few: a dream of a land where persons do not argue that the color of one’s skin determines the content of one’s character; the dream of a place where all our gifts and resources are held not for ourselves alone but as instruments of service for the rest of humanity; the dream of a country where everyone will respect the dignity and worth of all human personality, and humankind will dare to live together as sisters and brothers… Whenever it is fulfilled, we will emerge from the bleak and desolate midnight of man’s inhumanity to man into the bright and glowing daybreak of freedom and justice for all of God’s children. The Beloved Community:  The Beloved Community ...a community where love and justice rule in a community of unique distinct individuals who are loved for who they are in a plurality of their circumstances. Yet, they share a common memory and future. It is a community of interpretation where our stories, context and future hope have meaning and inspires hope and each individual is assured that they are loved. (The Problem With Christianity, Josiah Royce) A Beloved Community Is…:  A Beloved Community Is… Where Love and Justice Rule Where Everyone's Worth is Affirmed Where Diversity Enriches All Lives Through Common Memories and a Shared Future Where Stories Inspire Hope Where All Are Loved Unconditionally and Forever (UMC Council of Bishop’s Statement on Children and Poverty 'Our Shared Dream: The Beloved Community') Martin Luther King’s Dream of Love and Justice:  Martin Luther King’s Dream of Love and Justice Practically this means in this community we show this love by not taking necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few. MLK Where Everyone’s Worth is Affirmed:  Where Everyone’s Worth is Affirmed Martin Luther King’s Dream:  Martin Luther King’s Dream In practical terms this means persons do not argue that the color of one’s skin determines the content of one’s character; MLK Where Diversity Enriches Our Lives:  Where Diversity Enriches Our Lives Yet, they share a common memory and future.:  Yet, they share a common memory and future. Martin Luther King’s Dream:  Martin Luther King’s Dream Practically this means our gifts and resources are held not for ourselves alone but as instruments of service for the rest of humanity; It is a community of interpretation :  It is a community of interpretation Where our: Stories Context Future have meaning and inspires hope Martin Luther King’s Dream:  Martin Luther King’s Dream Practically this means that our sharing of our stories we will come to respect the dignity and worth of all human personality and humankind will dare to live together as sisters and brothers MLK Each individual is assured that they are loved.:  Each individual is assured that they are loved. And Where All Are Loved Unconditionally and Forever Martin Luther King’s Dream:  Martin Luther King’s Dream In practical term this means that equality of opportunity, of privilege and property is widely distributed. --MLK Eliminating Health Disparities and Alignment of Faith and Health :  Eliminating Health Disparities and Alignment of Faith and Health A Love Story 7 Values :  7 Values Boundary Leadership, Transformative Relationships, Shared Vision, Faith andamp; Health Alignment Eliminate Disparities/Nurture Common Hope, Community Transformation, Calling and Accountability Boundary Leadership :  Boundary Leadership Those who see new possibilities at the edges of what is currently visible. Those people driven to find solutions for the pain in communities. As they meet they form …. Transformative Relationships :  Transformative Relationships where the depth of involvement leads to a level of knowing each other that changes how they see themselves and gives birth to a new … Shared Vision :  Shared Vision of healthier communities – a new and possible reality for all who suffer – a vision where …. Faith & Health Alignment :  Faith andamp; Health Alignment is a convergence of two unique streams moving together creating a greater outcome than either alone, in order to… Eliminate Disparities/Nurture Common Hope :  Eliminate Disparities/Nurture Common Hope as the disparities give way, the historical despair of our labor turns into a shared hope that drives action and expands impact for …. Community Transformation :  Community Transformation A community being made whole through the aligned action of transformed people who ask the questions of … Calling and Accountability :  Calling and Accountability that drives their action towards the vision. That does not fear but cultivates the wisdom of …. The Beloved Community: :  The Beloved Community: Where Love and Justice Rule. Where Everyone’s Worth Is Affirmed. Where Diversity Enriches All Lives through Common Memories and a Shared Future. Where Stories Inspire Hope. Where All Are Loved Unconditionally and Forever.

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