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The Beloved Community: A Journey Beyond with Howard Thurman

In a world that often feels fragmented and divided, the concept of the "beloved community" stands as a beacon of hope and unity. It's an idea that transcends borders, breaks down barriers, and brings people together in profound ways. And in the words of mystic, philosopher, and theologian Howard Thurman, it's a concept that depends on reaching beyond ourselves to connect with "unknown and undiscovered brothers."



"Community cannot for long feed on itself; it can only flourish with the coming of others from beyond, their unknown and undiscovered brothers." - Howard Thurman


Thurman's insights into community, nature, and spirituality offer a refreshing and enlightening perspective on what it means to be connected. Here at Thriving Communities, these principles resonate deeply with our mission and work.


The Mystic Connection

Thurman's connection with nature and his spiritualist approach allowed him to see the world through a unique lens. He recognized the intrinsic interdependence of all things, the beauty of diversity, and the sacredness of life in all its forms. His teachings remind us that true community is not just about shared space but shared values, compassion, and understanding.


Embodying the Beloved Community

At Thriving Communities, we believe in the power of the beloved community. Through our films, gatherings, and donations, we strive to bring people together to explore, celebrate, and learn from organizations that embody these principles. Our focus is not just on showcasing individual success stories but weaving a tapestry of connections that inspire, motivate, and empower others to take action.


The Flourishing of Community

As Thurman's quote illustrates, community thrives on inclusivity and openness. It's about recognizing the beauty in our differences and the strength that comes from embracing others. It's about extending a hand to the "unknown and undiscovered brothers" and welcoming them into the fold.


This is the heart of what Thriving Communities does. We are committed to fostering connections, understanding, and empathy. By featuring organizations that reflect the essence of the beloved community, we offer a glimpse into a world where love, justice, and compassion reign supreme.


Howard Thurman's wisdom transcends time and continues to guide us on our journey toward a more united and compassionate world. His teachings remind us that the path to a thriving community is one of openness, empathy, and an unwavering commitment to the greater good.


Learn more about Howard Thurman. Watch the film, "Back Against the Wall" by Journey Films.



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