"'Do You Have a Dream for Tomorrow?' During the summer of 2003 I went on a mission trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where I was invited to speak at the Université Libre des Pays des Grands Lacs in Goma on this topic, drawing upon the biblical stories of Joseph and the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. A few months later I saw an article in the Telegraph by a local African-American pastor (Rev. Dr. Lonzy Edwards) encouraging local religious leaders to come together to talk about overcoming the racial segregation of our churches. Not long afterward I had a vivid dream myself, in which I saw myself at Mercer with a group of scholars (both African-American & white) whom I had gathered to address the same topic and with the theme, 'Building the Beloved Community.' I was profoundly moved, and from that day I set to work organizing an annual 'Building the Beloved Community' Symposium on the Mercer campus. The planning committee of local clergy and lay leaders organizes the event, and Mercer sponsors it annually, with the kind help of our ministry partners at Centenary United Methodist Church. I believe that the Holy Spirit has birthed this vision, not just in me, but in a number of leaders in this community. Dr. King said the most segregated hour of the week in our communities was 11:00 a.m. on Sundays. Unfortunately, that has not changed very much over the years. We believe the church should demonstrate unity as we collaborate across denominational and racial boundaries, and we promote such activities as: sister church relationships, pulpit exchanges, community-wide unity services, partnerships in community development and service, and formation of small action groups on specific appropriate issues. - John Marson Dunaway

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