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Attend a #BelovedCommunity Civic Dinner
The Beloved Community, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. described it over half a century ago, is a vision of society free of poverty, bigotry, racism, violence—discrimination of any kind. It is a vision built on pillars of love, equality, and justice. Although much progress has been made, we still stand far from this dream.
What can we, the people sitting around this table, do to create the beloved community—in our neighborhoods, in our schools, at our work places? How can we help each other do that? These are big questions we will wrestle with at the end of the dinner this evening, just as thousands of Americans across the country are getting together with their neighbors to do the same during the 100 days between January 16th and April 26th, 2017.
WHAT IS A CIVIC DINNER?
It's 6-10 diverse guests coming together over dinner, three big questions, and equal time to share with one voice at a time. This isn't about having experts at the table, nor is it about debating who is right or wrong. It's about listening and hearing other personal stories and perspectives, finding common ground and shared values, and creating solutions. For this conversation on #belovedcommunity we'll explore principles of Dr. Martin Luther King and how we might create the beloved community—in our neighborhoods, workplaces, schools and beyond. It's also just a really fun way to get to know others.
And afterwards, your ideas will be gathered as part of a larger report from hundreds of dinners across the nation. For more, download this one page overview here.
- This conversation is different than a typical conversation in a few ways. We start by introducing ourselves, then take turns answering three questions.
- Each person will have equal time to share their thoughts, going around one at a time.
- Please be respectful of your speaking time so that we hear from everyone. This framework is designed to prevent debate from dominating the conversation.
- This is an opportunity to speak your truth. Everyone has a story and we hope to hear diverse experiences and ideas, so listen with an open mind and take this opportunity to be vulnerable. This is a brave space to share.
- Give people the benefit of the doubt. If someone says something that offends you, please first ask for clarification, and politely correct the guest and explain why it was offensive and an alternative way of talking about it.
- Enjoy yourself and others! This is about getting to know yourself and others better through meaningful conversation.