The Better World Beloved Community

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"The purpose of the civil rights movement is healing... reconciliation... redemption... the creation of The Beloved Community."  ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


news alert

Bradley Manning, who Leaked to the Media Video Footage of U.S. War Crimes in Afghanistan, was Judged guilty of 20 charges which Could result in a 90 year Prison sentence. the beloved community house Stands with Manning as with one Beleaguered and Humiliated-in-custody with a wide banner in front of our property. Check out - for more information.

Alarm!  Prisoners at Guantanamo prison are into their 6th month of a hunger-strike.  Why are they fasting?  because they have been imprisoned 4-5 years AFTER being cleared for release.  One prisoner, looking for work in Pakistan was picked up in a sweep.  without charge or trial, he has been at Gitmo 11 1/2 years.  he is desperate to get back home to his wife and four children.  With the signing by President Barack Obama of the "indefinite detension" segment of the National Defense Authorization Act, the prisoners have lost hope of ever being released.  80 of them were cleared for release years ago, and are suffering despair.  There is no movement in their cases.  with lack of funding, the department responsible for arranging their release is closed down.   Even contact with their lawyers is limited and controlled.  suffering humiliation, torture, their koran disrespected, unable to see their families, and not even given knowledge of any charges against them, They see their hunger strike as their only means of fighting for their release.


The Beloved Community House held it's Fourth Annual Yard sale to benefit the Kolkata Children's Project July 11-15, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., 2013.   All monies are given to send to school children living and working at a corner dump in  the city of Kolkata, in NorthEast India.  Funds pay their school fees, supply uniforms, school materials, shoes, and a breakfast each day.  The yard sale was held at 45 Riverside Drive Binghamton NY.  Check back in June 2014 for the date of the 5th annual yard sale.  If you wish to contribute, for a tax deduction, make out check to Marist College, write Calcutta Project on subject line, and send to Dr. Mar Peter-Raoul, 45 Riverside Drive, Binghamton 13905.  To have a tax receipt sent to you, please include your name and address.  Include your e-mail if you wish to be notified of events and the work of the Community.
Members of the Beloved Community recently had the honor of meeting with Medea Benjamin, Co-founder of Code Pink and Global Exchange.  We join Code Pink in protesting our country's raining down fire on people in Pakistan and other Middle Eastern countries.  Hundreds of civilians have been killed including nearly 200 children - children walking along a road, tending cattle, riding in a mistaken car, attending a funereal, celebrating a wedding.   U.S. drones continuously circle overhead, stike homes with families to target a suspeted terrorist., often strike the wrong target, continuously terrorizing the whole area.   PROTEST TO THE PRESIDENT AND PRAY!      

Convening Scripture of
The Better World
Beloved Community

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good tidings to the afflicted;

He has sent me to bind up
the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives
and the opening of the prison
to those who are bound;

To proclaim the year of our Lord's favor
and the day of rescue of our God;

To comfort all who mourn."

Isaiah 61:1-2

India and America crossing over to each other
Artist: Julianna Eck, when 13

Children lay baby in Calcutta shrine, picture by Sree Durga youth

*The Better World Beloved Community site is not directly associated with the Better World sites linked above, but share ethos and vision. 
 We are providing the links to support all efforts towards creating "A Better World"! Click here to discover some other great sites we've found.



Our Purpose

Kids Peace Mural

The Better World Beloved Community believes itself convened by the Lord for spiritual reconciliation, witness, community, and participation in humanitiarian/praxis projects.  We advocate social, racial, and economic justice throughout the world. 

Though an intentional Christian community, we welcome all people of good will to work with us to alleviate suffering, gain layered knowledge, seek socio-political truth, inspire compassion, and advance global justice, peace and human rights.  

For these purposes we hold Chapel at the Beloved Community House, gather communally, and have initiated projects locally and globally (see
Projects).  We invite those who share our spiritual vision of socio-economic justice and human dignity to become a participating friend of the Community. 

For a fuller sense of the concept of "The Beloved Community" see

Our Intentions

*  to embed the community in the socio-spiritual message of Isaiah 61:1-2;

*  to inspire public/global citizenship;

*  to translate compassion into
concerted action;

*  to reflect on our relationship with others, especially the marginalized of the world,
and on our socio-spiritual, active
participation in the vision and praxis of
the Better World Beloved Community;

*  to enjoy gathering together - locally or with partners abroad - for Chapel, communal meals, music, shared humanitarian work and discourse;

* to mentor participation in the Community of associates' children, teens, and a racially and geographically diversity of kids during our summer Beloved Community Week. 



Cams BWBC Logo
This Better World Beloved Community logo was created as a gift to us by Cameron Larnerd (13)




"We can work together for
a better world with
men and women of goodwill,
those who radiate
intrinsic goodness
of humanity."

~ Wangari Maathai

"Bring About a Better
and More Just World!"

~Cesar Chavez

Dorothy Day Quote


Margaret Mead Quote

Let Peace Begin With Me!
There for those who promote peace. Prov. 12:20b





Below are sample photos of some of our past
& ongoing projects, including ~

Beloved Community Week projects & participants:
* Serving Soldiers Project;   * CHOW Collection Project;
* Intergenerational Outreach Project;

As well as many of our on-going Beloved Community House activities:

* Chapel services;  
* Hurricane Katrina Respite Project;   *Promoting
Citizenship through weekly Peaceful Protesting and Community Service;

And also our Global Outreach Projects in Calcutta, Nairobi, and Mexico.

37.  ..."Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 
38. When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?   39. When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'

40. "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
Matthew 25:37-40 (NIV)

What is it that God requires of us?

8."Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; for the rights of all who are destitute.

9. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the
poor and needy."
Proverbs 31:8-9 (NIV)

Micah 6:8

Peace Love Mercy





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Peace for the Children of Iraq
Peace for the Children of Iraq


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Web Master: Heather Larnerd-Eck 
Web Site Creator: Colin-Pierre Turner Larnerd
The Beloved Community House 
P.O. Box 883
Binghamton, NY  13902
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* Homepage slide show background music: "Bounty of the Lord Reprise" by Claire Holley off her Sanctuary album;
* Calcutta Project 2007 video clip background music: "Imagine" by John Lennon
* All unidentified pictures/clipart used throughout website: Artists Unknown.  If you recognize your work on this site please notify us so we can give you credit and link to your page.  We are using all artwork unaware of any specific copyright infringements and ask the artist's permission to continue using their work to promote our mutual commitment to global peace and social justice for all. 
Thank you!