Who Is My Neighbor (Habitat for Humanity: Part 1)


The Calvary Habitat for Humanity Team is taking this pledge:  

“I believe that every single one of us — regardless of who we are or where we come from — deserves a decent life.
Like Dr. King, I believe in a Beloved Community of justice, equal opportunity and love of my fellow human beings.
I want to help build a world that leaves no room for poverty, prejudice or violence.
I pledge to work together with my neighbors, side by side, to create strength, stability and self-reliance for all.
I ask others to join me — it’s up to us to make this a reality.”

This the pledge to build a Beloved Community with whom we will partner with
Habitat for Humanity and the other United Methodist Churches in Bloomington/Normal.  Habitat for Humanity explains ‘Beloved’ builds in this way, “Marking the 50th anniversaries of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the passage of the Fair Housing Act, Habitat for Humanity engages nationwide in the Beloved Community initiative throughout the year.  Building on King’s vision, the Beloved Community allows access, equality and opportunity for all.  The Beloved Community is fair, just and built on the love of God operating in the human heart…...The projects are part of Habitat’s commitment to meet The King Center’s MLK 50 Forward challenge to carry out 50 acts of kindness or service recognizing the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination.”

While there will be other Habitat Builds in McLean County, the one with which the Bloomington/Normal United Methodist Churches participates has been chosen as the ‘Beloved Community’ Build!

We will be partnering with Normal First UMC and Bloomington Wesley UMC as well as any of the other UM churches in town not already involved in a Habitat build.  Although each of the churches will be assigned a Saturday for which we are responsible, our intention is to mix it up so that we can get to know our brothers and sisters in these other churches.

Even if you have worked with Habitat in the past, we need you to sign up again because we want to get a fresh, accurate list.  Someone from Calvary’s Habitat group will be at a kiosk in the Atrium on Sunday, March 18 and 25.  If you are unable to sign up at those times, just call the church office or sign up here and we’ll get you connected!

More details in next week’s Who Is Your Neighbor article…...stay tuned.

About the Author
Debbie Reese is the Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC