A Beloved Community
What do we mean when we say Beloved Community?
Beloved Community is the ultimate goal of the philosophy of Kingian Nonviolence, named for Martin Luther King, Jr., a foundational figure for Community Preparatory School.
Beloved Community seeks an end to poverty, hunger, and homelessness; racism and discrimination of all kinds, and works to replace such bigotry and prejudice with a spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood. Additionally, Beloved Community means a community driven toward peace and justice for all through the work of conflict reconciliation.
At CP, we endeavor to bring about our own Beloved Community by following Dr. King’s overarching philosophy of peace and justice and by actively working to resolve interpersonal and larger conflicts by adhering to the Six Principles of Nonviolence central to the philosophy of Kingian Nonviolence:
1. PRINCIPLE 1: Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.
2. PRINCIPLE 2: Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.
3. PRINCIPLE 3: Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice not people.
4. PRINCIPLE 4: Nonviolence holds that suffering can educate and transform.
5. PRINCIPLE 5: Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate.
6. PRINCIPLE 6: Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice.
Philosopher-theologian Josiah Royce, who founded the Fellowship of Reconciliation, coined the term Beloved Community in the early 20th century, but it was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., himself a member of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, who popularized the term and invested it with a deeper meaning. It is this vision we pursue in our work at Community Preparatory School.
Bringing about the Beloved Community means bringing an end to poverty. It means hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated. It means an inclusive spirit of community will replace racism, discrimination, bigotry, and prejudice. In the wider world, Beloved Community means international disputes are resolved through peaceful conflict-resolution, instead of military power. It means that love and trust will triumph over fear and hatred; peace with justice will prevail over war.
This does not happen just because we wish it to be—Beloved Community means work! At Community Prep, we are working to bring Beloved Community into being in our own school by using the six steps of peaceful conflict reconciliation for our interpersonal conflicts and in our relationship to the larger community. It is ongoing, daily, difficult work we are committed to as a school.
To read more about Kingian Nonviolence and the Beloved Community, click here.