On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we encourage all members of our Princeton University community to reflect on this year’s Month of Service theme and the Rev. Dr. King's philosophy of a Beloved Community. A Beloved Community, in King’s understanding, is a realistic achievable goal when people are committed to equity, human decency, inclusivity, justice, and conflict-resolution and reconciliation. Community is integral to our work in the service of humanity and even more so now as we weather a global pandemic, reckonings around racial justice and equity, and shifts in our political and societal landscapes.
Here we offer you some prompts for reflection and action. Feel free to use whatever method of reflection works best for you (such as writing, drawing, or speaking with a friend). Use our "My Own Reflection Tool" activity (pages 38-39) in the Field Guide to Service to develop a reflection method that suites you best.
- What comes to mind when you envision a Beloved Community? Who is there? What is happening?
- Is there anyone or anything important missing from your community?
- What values are core to your Beloved Community?
- What issues or concerns are alleviated or abolished in your Beloved Community?
- Who/what is purposefully absent from your Beloved Community?
- What processes, resources, or structures are possible within your Beloved Community?
- What is your favorite part of your Beloved Community?
Imagination In Action
- How are the values core to your Beloved Community showing up in your everyday life? How do you maintain those values?
- How are you building and sustaining a community with the people in your vision?
- What are 1-3 things can you do to tackle the issues or concerns your Beloved Community alleviated? Who can you work with towards those goals?
- How can you take your favorite part of your vision and bring it life in this moment?
Please continue to engage with us throughout Month of Service and beyond it. We are happy to support our community in creating the Beloved Community we all wish to see. If you have any questions please reach out to Geralyn Williams at email@example.com.