In BETTER: Waking Up to Who We Could Be, Melvin explores 8 intuitions of beloved community that arise for him out of the judeo-christian story tradition. Here they are in no particular order (although this might be the order in which they appear in the book).
Beloved Community is a place where…
We champion the human dignity of all.
We let others tell their own story.
We accept others for how they choose to identify.
We share ownership of the good being created.
We leverage our privilege on behalf of others.
We make room for others.
We seek liberation, not progress, transformation, not just reform.
We honor the past by improving upon it.
These are the more beautiful, more just, more virtue-filled ways of showing up in the world that telling better stories creates. They are “the better angels of our nature” that Abraham Lincoln spoke of. How much better would the world be if they stopped being up for debate? #BETTERbeginsNOW!