Happily Dependent

As it is American Independence Day, I’ve been pondering about what to write along that theme. Since I don’t live in the United States, I was kinda coming up…. blank. After much thought, I finally rested upon the term “Independent.” “Am I independent?” I mused to myself. Well, I am certainly unique. Maybe even weird. …

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The Beloved Community

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

On Monday, January 17, 2022, our country will celebrate Martin Luther King Day which has been a federal holiday since 1986. One of the most potent concepts Dr. King promoted was the “Beloved Community.”  As journalist Grace Tatter describes it:

Beloved community [is] a community in which everyone is cared for, absent of poverty, hunger, and hate. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. popularized the term during his lifetime of activism and imbued it with new meaning, fueled by his faith that such a community was, in fact, possible. But he always acknowledged that realizing his vision would involve systems of law, education, infrastructure, health care, and municipal reform — no one sector, much less one person, could create it in isolation.[1]

As members of The Church of Jesus Christ, we aspire to work individually and collectively toward something similar and, possibly, identical . The term we generally use is “Zion.”

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