Imagining the Beloved Community

By this time, most of us will have heard Rev. Dr. Aidsand Wright-Riggins, III’s message on the dream of Beloved Community inspired by the ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King and the struggle for social and economic justice, as well as Rev. Larry Peers’ thoughts on preparing the way for what’s possible. Let’s transition from these uses of  “Imagination”—the Soul Matters theme for January—to February’s Soul Matters theme—“Beloved Community”—by applying our imaginative powers to help clarify a vision of the Beloved Community. We all probably recall the evocative statement, from George Bernard Shaw’s 1921 play Back to Methusaleh (paraphrased decades later by Robert F. Kennedy), “There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?” Let’s apply imagination to the nature, and future, of the Beloved Community in answering the questions: “How do we as UUs envision the Beloved Community? How can we overcome obstacles within ourselves and in our faith community to realizing that vision?