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Community

Dr. King’s Beloved Community is a global vision, in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth. In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood… Love and trust will triumph over fear and hatred. Peace with justice will prevail over war and military conflict.

 

–‘The Beloved Community: Background and Philosophy from the King Center

But the end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the beloved community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opposers into friends. The type of love that I stress here is not eros, a sort of esthetic or romantic love; not philia, a sort of reciprocal love between personal friends; but it is agape which is understanding goodwill for all men. It is an overflowing love which seeks nothing in return. It is the love of God working in the lives of men. This is the love that may well be the salvation of our civilization.

 

MLK, “The Role of the Church in Facing the Nation’s Chief Moral Dilemma,” 1957

FRP approaches community development with respect for all persons. By promoting economic development, peace, and safety for all we seek to build beloved community in the neighborhoods we work in. Through working closely with long-term community stakeholders and hiring local labor, we serve with and for the community. Green affordable housing is not only environmentally and socially responsible, it also provides an opportunity to add long-term social value through training and job creation in the neighborhoods we work in.

We strive to translate the skills and capacities of local people into community building goals. As we involve ourselves in this work, we consider our role as ancestors, and hold the intention of leaving the world behind in better shape than when we began.