How Do We Embody the Beloved Community?

“How do we do the work of embodying the Beloved Community in [our] meeting? It starts with honoring each other’s gifts and callings and showing loving kindness and respect towards one another. In our Meeting we have doctors, nurses, therapists, writers, artists, actors, teachers, academics, lawyers, gardeners, parents, grandparents, children, and much more. Each of us has different gifts: for hospitality, for clerking, for teaching, for organizing, for compassionate listening. Some of us have gifts we aren’t even aware of. We become the Beloved Community when we use our gifts to benefit not only our Meeting community, but the world around us.”

— Anthony Manousos, 2020
“What does the Beloved Community mean to Quakers?”

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Reflect on your gifts. How are they valuable to your community?

How does diversity enrich your community?

What have you learned from those in your community who are different from you? What is the value of religious and theological diversity? What have you done to be a welcoming presence to people of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and identities in your community?