The Beloved Community encompasses people of different faiths, different colors of skin, different nationalities, different political beliefs, different sexual orientations. It encompasses the young and the old, the rich and the poor; the abled and disabled, the educated and uneducated; it encompasses those who have and those who have not. It encompasses and intentionally seeks to include the weak and the voiceless in a place at the table.
These beloved community dinners, events, and conversations should intentionally reflect this diversity. Several faiths and many individuals have used the term beloved community, a term that Martin Luther King also decided to use. According to Dr. King, "The end goal of the civil rights movement is redemption and reconciliation; the end goal is a beloved community." The purpose of these dinners and conversations is to offer multiple opportunities for folks from all different walks of life to get to know and appreciate one another, to commit ourselves to "seek first to understand and then be understood", and to work together to move forward for the common good of our community.
This is a potluck dinner, but bringing a dish or two to pass is not a prerequisite for your participation.