Jan 21 2013

Dream with us on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Paco WertinBy Paco Wertin, CEO of CFCA

“Free at last, free at last, thank God, we are free at last,” echoes in my heart.

And “we shall overcome, someday …” practically sings itself out loud on this holiday celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I take a moment to be still and let these words and their music wash over me and call me forth to recognize in my sisters and brothers the dignity that sets us free and sends us down the road, side by side, working together for better days.

Join me in giving thanks to God for the gift that this man has been and continues to be for us all, enticing us toward that community of the beloved where compassion, service and responsibility are the order of the day.

And pray with me: “With you, O God, we are a liberating force of love in our world today!”

Peace to one and all, deep down and all along the way.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Photo courtesy of www.thekingcenter.org.

DREAM WITH US

Today, to honor Dr. King’s legacy, we encourage all dreamers in the CFCA community to share their dreams. We invite you to visit the CFCA “Rise and Dream” website and inspire others with your own dream ó big, small, profound or humorous.

And, while you are there, read the dreams of others, including the 13 young scholars who share their stories in the CFCA documentary film, “Rise and Dream.”
CFCA sponsored children dreaming

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Jan 19 2009

Creating King’s beloved community

By Paco Wertin, CFCA chief executive officer

No individual can live alone, no nation can live alone, and anyone who feels that he can live alone is sleeping through a revolution. The world in which we live is geographically one. The challenge that we face today is to make it one in terms of brotherhood.

ñ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968

I see and feel a kinship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and CFCA as we celebrate his birthday.

He believed in the beloved community, in which all people can share the wealth of the earth and that obstacles like poverty, racism and war can be overcome if we learn to resolve conflict non-violently, together.

I find an echo of that in the words of CFCA president and co-founder, Bob Hentzen:

“Building community is essentially an effort to reestablish the basic freedom of God’s humble people. In striving to build a community in the style of Jesus, we can expect opposition and persecution. We want to promote a new view of globalization, one in which we put into international motion a true sharing of the resources of God’s creation. We want the resources and goods of this earth to favor unity, not separation.”

This community is based on new relationships forged between those who have and those who do not have what is necessary to live. The first step is overcoming obstacles. Obstacles can be lack of nutrition, lack of access to health care, education and skills development, and lack of community and hope. The next step is having choices. Having choices means freedom. So free from the obstacles, we can be free for creating community.

CFCA communities in India and Africa express their desire to overcome all that is in the way of forging these new relationships by singing “We Shall Overcome” at their gatherings.

We join them in that song and deep in our heart, in kinship with Dr. King, we pray:

With you, O God, we are a liberating force of love in our world today.

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