According to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Beloved Community happens when everyone is cared for, absent of poverty, hunger, and hate. To feel accepted is not only for our uniqueness to be respected by those around us; it is also feeling that it is good and right that you are who you are and who you want to be; it is to see welcoming arms no matter what path you choose, to be unburdened by the constraint of expectations. To forge our beloved community, we must recognize injustice which keeps people from embracing their full potential.
Alec Peck has been a practicing UU for 24 years, raised in a UU church, chosen by his father, raised Quaker, and mother, raised Jewish (though both Humanist in practice). Alec has studied natural science at Creighton University, a Jesuit institution, and is now completing his Ph.D. at UC Riverside, while serving as chair of the Worship Committee here at UUCR.