On MLK Day – the meaning of community

Recently I read a message from one of our Providence Mission leaders, reminding me of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision for the beloved community.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Dr. King frequently spoke about the longing of Black Americans – and all oppressed people – for human dignity. He saw non-violent resistance to racism and discrimination as a means of paving the way for reconciliation and true community.

Dr. King’s call for human rights and social justice has me thinking about how we are living out our own Mission and values during this pandemic marathon.

Each time we serve or care for an individual or family, or support each other as caregivers, or partner with an organization to walk alongside the vulnerable, we are creating community. These sacred encounters are an expression of our belief in the inherent human dignity of each person.

What you’ve been able to accomplish is amazing to me, even as you are challenged like never before.

 At the same time, we’re making strides toward a better future. Our commitments to advance health equity for all and create a workplace where everyone feels included are now built into our Destination 2025 strategic plan. Together, we are taking action so that everyone has the chance to live their healthiest life.

 Dr. King believed that in true community no one is left out, and that “whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” I’ll be reflecting on that in the days ahead.

 As you will see in this video, there is much more ahead for us as we keep building the
beloved community.


Rod Hochman, M.D.


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