Pondering Questions

Don’t treat these questions like “homework” or try to answer every single one. Instead, make time to meditate on the list and then pick the one question that speaks to you most. The goal is to figure out which question is “yours.”

  • What was your first experience of Beloved Community?
  • Who taught you the most about creating Beloved Community?
  • Has the distinction between “community” and “beloved community” been important to your spiritual path/sensibility?
  • What do you think is the most unrecognized impediment/threat to Beloved Community?
  • It’s said that Beloved Community isn’t about the absence of conflict, but the willingness to stay at the table and work through it. What has been your best strategy for staying at the table? What practice or wise words keep you from either running away or attacking when things get hard?
  • How well are you doing at staying at your current table of conflict? What grade would you give yourself?
  • What is your first response when you hear the call to “Love your enemy”? What does “loving your enemy” mean for your right now?
  • How are you healing from having your hopes for Beloved Community dashed?
  • What one new commitment will you make this year to build Beloved Community?
  • Your question may not be listed above. As always, if the above questions don’t include what life is asking from you, spend the month listening to your days to hear it. What’s your question?  

(Curated and adapted for KUF from the 2020 Soul Matters materials for the theme ‘Beloved Community’ by Rev. Beckett Coppola.)