The MLK (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) Weekend of Service (January 15 – 18), Day of Service (January 18), and MLK 40 Days of Peace (through February 28) exists to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, address social challenges, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community” where love and trust will triumph over fear and hatred.  

“The aftermath of violence is bitterness. The aftermath of non-violence is the creation of beloved community so that when the battle is over, a new relationship comes into being. The end is reconciliation. The end is redemption. This is the love that may well be the salvation of our civilization.”

“Everyone can be great because everybody can serve.” MLK

Share Your Offerings & Gifts

We invite you to participate in the Building Beloved Community Convergence.  We welcome Attendees, Presenters, Volunteers, and Organizational Partners to join us.  If you have a gift to share please take a few minutes to complete the Offer to Participate form.

Click  “Register/Offer to Participate” to sign up to attend and share your genius; bring your light to the Beloved Community!

Board of Boards

We schedule and visually organize all the presentations being made at the MLK Beloved Community Convergence using Trello Boards.  Each Board contains columnar Lists of Cards that you can click to open and access more information and action tools.  This Board of Boards contains Cards with links to each of the six Boards with presentations for you to consider joining.

All Presenters and Stewards

Click on the image below to open the Trello Board with all the Presenters. Then open the cards to learn more about each Presenter.

If at any time you need help or have a question you are trying to get answered or want to be a part of the team harvesting and reporting on the UP Convergence go to UP HUB and Newsroom below. 

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Being Beloved Community: Harvest Showcase and Gift Exchange

Being Beloved Community: Harvest Showcase and Gift Exchange

Feb 26, 11:00am - Mar 1, 1:00pm

Global Fire Ceremony Room

During the last weekend of February 2021, we will convene online to highlight a number of programs, projects, events, and activities that have emerged during the pandemic and are moving us all further UPward.

We will showcase synergy teams that empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge divides, address personal, social, and systemic change and inspire us to collaborate at unprecedented levels.

Our Open Space sessions offer creative and imaginative space for individuals and groups to offer solutions that enable all of us to “build back wiser” while Being Beloved Community.

Join all our sessions in Zoom Room
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Opening Ceremony:
FRIDAY Feb 26 at 2pm EST

Open Space Sessions
SATURDAY Feb 27
I: 9am EST to 1pm EST
II: 2pm EST to 6pm EST

Global Fire Circle:
6pm EST

Open Space Sessions
SUNDAY Feb 28
III: 2 PM EST to 6 PM EST
IV: 7 PM EST to 11 PM EST

Closing Ceremony:
Monday March 1, 2021 at 2pm EST

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Closing Sacred Pipe Ceremony~ Being Beloved Community

Closing Sacred Pipe Ceremony~ Being Beloved Community

Mar 1, 11:00am - Mar 1, 1:00pm

Join us LIVE in our Zoom Room
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Very Beloved Friends and Relatives,
It is our heartfelt prayer that you and your Beloved Ones are in the Very Best of Health and Spiritual Health.

We welcome you, with warm and embracing hearts to join us for the Closing of the Final Sacred Sacred Pipe Ceremony Honoring Elder Brother, Dr. Martin Luther King, and Being Beloved Community that began on January 15, 2021, and will conclude on February 28, 2021, after 44 days of prayers and service.

This Sacred Pipe Ceremony will be led by Dakota Spiritual Leader and Red Blanket Man, Darcy Demas.

Darcy has been Walking the Red Road of Sobriety, Fasting, Sun Dancing, the Inipi, Ceremonial Singing, and Healing for 35 years, his Koda, Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. Hinhan Wicasa-Deloria Tiospayes, Inhanktonwan, and Chickasaw Nations.

As he likes to be called, Brother Phil has done his best to walk the Way of the Sacred Pipe, Inipi, Fasting, Sun Dancing, the Native American Church, Healing, and Spirituality for more than 40 years.

Co-Facilitating the Ceremony, with Elder Darcy and Brother Phil are Elder and Ceremonial Leader, Patricia Anne Davis,
Choctaw-Navajo/Chahta-Dineh
Whole Systems Designer, Traditional Medicine Practitioner, who has been Waking the Red Road for more than 60 years, Mayan Elder and Spiritual Leader Adriana Alvarez, representing the Condor, Quetzal, and Eagle, that unite Indigenous Peoples across the Americas, with the Awana Collective of Indigenous Women of the Amazon.

The AWANA Colectiva of the Amazon will be preparing, igniting, and caring for the Sacred Fire, as they have done since "Enlighting Our Way Together" and the Fulfillment of the Prophecy of the "Day that Shall Not Be Followed By Night", December 11-22, 2020.

The Sacred Fire was continued through the Sacred Pipe Ceremony Honoring Elder Brother, Dr. Martin Luther King, January 15, 2021, which will be concluded on February 28, 2021.

As is the Sacred Tradition of the Dakota Nation since the arrival of the first visitors from Europe, the Sacred Ceremony is open to all Members of the Human Family and is without cost.

Charging money for a Sacred Pipe Ceremony violates our spiritual laws, as our Sacred Ceremonies are Sacred Gifts and Blessings given by our Beloved Creator to heal, uplift, and unify our Human Family.

At the same time, as it has always been, this Sacred Ceremony is for those relatives who are sincerely dedicated to the Red Road of Healing, Compassion, Respect, Love, and Justice. If this is not your Path, with respect this is not the place for you.

As these Sacred Prayers are for healing and unity anyone exhibiting disrespectful behavior, of any form, will be removed immediately from our Sacred Prayers.

The Story of two Oceti Sakowin warriors and the White Buffalo Calf Woman highlight this Sacred Teaching and Warning. As all that is spiritual has infinite meaning, there are different accounts of this Sacred Story. This is the Sacred Story in essence.

Two Oceti Sakowin warriors went out to hunt for food at a time of great disunity and spiritual suffering. While the young men traveled they saw a white cloud in the distance. Then, from the cloud, they saw a woman.

As they approached, they saw that it was a beautiful young woman in white buckskin. She had dark hair, skin, and eyes.

One of the men was filled with lust for the woman. He approached her, with disrespect and lust. His companion warned him that she appeared to be a sacred woman, and to do anything sacrilegious would be dangerous and disrespectful, but his advice was ignored.

The second warrior watched as his companion approached and embraced the woman dressed in white buckskin, during which time a cloud enveloped them.

Only the mysterious woman and a pile of the first man's bones, with worms eating the last fragments of flesh, remained.
The remaining warrior was frightened, but the holy woman beckoned him forward, telling him that no harm would come to him, as she could see into his heart and he did not have the motives the first warrior had.

The holy woman explained that she was wakȟáŋ (holy, having spiritual and supernatural powers). She further explained that if he did as she instructed, his people would rise again.

With a pure heart and mind, he promised to do what she instructed and was told to return to his Camp, call together the People, and prepare a feast for her arrival. The White Buffalo Calf Woman taught the Seven Sacred Ceremonies to protect the Mother Earth and People and gave the Oceti Sakowin the čhaŋnúŋpa, the Sacred Pipe. The White Buffalo Calf Woman appeared circa 900 AD.

In 2021, Her Sacred Teaching are growing stronger and stronger. In time, as demonstrated by the Water Protectors of Standing Rock and across the Americas, and beyond, led by the 7th Generation, the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, the Union of the Condor, Quetzal, and Eagle, will become so illumined they will enlighten the world, spiritually and intellectually, as prophesied by Indigenous Spiritual Messengers across the Americas, and

Every Member of Our Human Family that are dedicated to the Upliftment of the Sacred Understanding of the Prior Unity and Oneness of Our Human Family and all Life, and that the Hurt of One is the Hurt of All, and the Honor of One is the Honor of All are welcome to join us in our prayers.

This Sacred Understanding is the foundation of all the Sacred Prophesies, that all share in essence, that Peace Will Prevail on Earth, is in the Spiritual Worlds. The Spiritual Foundation of Being Beloved Community.

Again with love and respect to all those friends and relatives receiving our warm and heartfelt welcome to join us, before doing so, reflect very deeply on the depths of the spiritual understanding and consequences of the two warriors and the White Buffalo Calf Woman. This is the power and sacredness of the Prayers of Four Directions we will share with you.

As well, our Indigenous young people and their Allies are rightfully, very fierce in their protection and care of their Elders and our Spiritual Teachings and Ceremonies, especially if the Sacred Gifts of their Elders are exploited in any manner.

This includes justly questioning sharing Sacred Prayers, personally or collectively on Zoom, outside Indigenous communities.

These young people also understand, as demonstrated by the story of the two warriors and the White Buffalo Calf Woman, that those who violate spiritual laws, including backbiting, gossip, lies, slander, the abuse of women, and Mother Earth, including Sexual Abuse and the Abuse of Elders, in any form, are very pitiful spiritual sicknesses that cause mistrust, suffering, and disunity of the People will be addressed and healed, one way or another, by our Creator.

It is not easy to heal and forgive more than 500 years of Genocide. And yet, as painful as it is, only colonized people, colonize people, only abused people, abuse people, only hurt people hurt people.

At the same time the sacred feeling of respect, love, protection, and justice for all Life, is the way it is and has been since the coming of the White Buffalo Calf Woman and other Spiritual Messengers that appeared across the Americas, from the beginning of time. Our Beloved Creator would never leave Beloved Children without spiritual guidance.

Now is the time of the fulfillment of Black Elk's Prophecy. And be assured this will happen as sure as Father Sun rises every morning, as promised.

“Then a Voice said: ‘Behold this day, for it is yours to make. Now you shall stand upon the center of the earth to see, for there they are taking you.’ I was still on my bay horse, and once more I felt the riders of the west, the north, the east, the south, behind me, as before, and we were going east. I looked ahead and saw the mountains there with rocks and forests on them, and from the mountains flashed all colors upward to the heavens.

Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world. And while I stood there, I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I saw in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being.

And I saw that the sacred hoop of my people was one of many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father.

And I saw that it was holy.

Then as I stood there, two men were coming from the east, headfirst like arrows flying, and between them rose the daybreak star. They came and gave an herb to me and said: "With this on earth you shall undertake anything and do it."

It was the Daybreak-Star herb, the herb of understanding, and they told me to drop it on the earth. I saw it falling far, and when it struck Mother Earth, it rooted and grew and flowered, four blossoms on one stem, a black, a white, a scarlet, and a yellow. The rays from these streamed upward to the heavens so that all creatures saw it and in no place was there darkness.”

– Heȟáka Sápa, Black Elk, Oglala Lakota, Oceti Sakowin

The Sacred Way the Sacred Pipe will be offered in this Ceremony was passed on in a Sacred Manner by Frank White Buffalo Man, Hunkpapa from Little Eagle, South Dakota, on the Standing Rock, and Lionel Kinunwa, Miniconjou, from Cheyenne River, more than 40 years ago. This way of sharing the Sacred Pipe was given to no one else.

This Sacred Ceremony is being shared openly, as it was shared before the long spiritual wintertime, that began to sweep the Americas in 1492. with the full faith, understanding, dedication, and vision, that the Day That Shall Not Be Followed By Night has arisen, and the Prior Unity and Oneness of Our Human Family and all Life, and that the Hurt of One is the Hurt of All, and the Honor of One is the Honor of All.

Within and through the Every Where Spirit, there is no time and space and no barriers, no limitations of any form, including Zoom, there is only Light and Oneness.

Equally, we fully honor and respect the right of every member of our Human Families Divine Right to share their Sacred Prayers, as they choose, and fully understand and support those relatives that chose to keep their Sacred Prayers, within their close spiritual community circle, in privacy, without justice.

However we may choose to pray, the more and stronger the better. Our Human Family needs our highest and deepest prayers, as we step out of our Spiritual Adolescence, as a Human Family, into our Spiritual Adulthood, and realize we are a Beloved Community as Elder Brother, Dr. Martin Luther King envisioned on the Top of the Mountain, as did Hehaka Sapa, Black Elk.

In closing, in our Dakota way, Our Sacred Names are Waziyata Shunkawakan Duta,
Šuŋgmánuŋ, and Chanupa Sapa, and we stand fully responsible before our Creator for our words and action.

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The Peace Lab

The Peace Lab

Mar 1, 9:30pm - Mar 5, 11:00pm

PURPOSE OF PEACE LAB
To undertake an exploration into, through and with peace so as to open the pathway for an awareness, appreciation and embodiment of flourishing Peace.
"We shall not cease from our explorations until we shall arrive back
to the place we had begun - and see it for the first time.” – T.S. Eliot

Welcome to The Peace Lab – an experiment in Peace. We, ChatAction are a group of activists brought together by Humanity Rising, an international coalition that transforms meaningful conversations into actions that make a difference.
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Bridging The Racial Divide: "I Am Not Racist but Am I Anti-Racist?"

Bridging The Racial Divide: "I Am Not Racist but Am I Anti-Racist?"

Mar 22, 3:00pm - Mar 22, 5:00pm

You are invited to join us live from Bridging The Divide FB Page including sharing support from many other FB Pages and FB Groups too caring for empowering Black Lives World Wide welcoming all genders and races. If you are interested in being in the zoom room please send us a private message on this FB Page.

On Monday, March 22nd, 3.00 PM PST - 5:00 PM PST the focus of this conversation will be "I am not racist, but am I anti-racist?"

The focus will be:
"I'm Not Racist But Am I Anti-Racist?" Part 4

This is a live conversation led by Antoinette Rootsdawtah SUJ (Stand Up For Justice) Director, & Sommer Joy Ramer SINE Network Co-Founder, and in collaboration with Pato Banton, Dr. Quinlan Strong, Nichelle Monroe, Mira Michelle, Heather Elizabeth and Amaya Tala and more featured guests monthly.

Here are Live Stream Replays of the last 9 months.

This is a conversation to bridge the divide of racial injustice between all races (All genders are welcome) with the intent to focus on honoring the Black Lives Matter World Movement. The original live conversation began June 8th 2020 about these topics 5 Obstacles to White allegiance.
White Supremacism
White Privilege
White Fragility / Guilt
White Liberalism
White Active Allies

May this conversation be part of the progress with in humanity to understand what stands between us and follow through on our lifelong pledge to co-create anti-racist culture building and make aligned action in our local and global communities to dismantle systemic racism in all systems. Let us working together be part of the conversation and action that contributes to systemic change for now and future generations.

SINE (Synergized Impact Network Exchange) is a global alliance of social innovators committed to large-scale behavior change through collaborative learning, innovation, and unprecedented unified action. In SINE we SPRUTH, speaking truth with love and compassion. We are always open to learning how to be better and respond to feedback to better serve our diverse global community. May this conversation be part of a better healthier environment for Black Members and participants worldwide. This is just the beginning.

You can see the racial healing work that is provided by Antoinette Rootsdawtah, Dr. Quinlan, and Mira Michelles here:
Stand Up For Justice:
www.facebook.com/standupforjusticeus
standupforjustice.us/
Dr. Quinlan Strong
www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000184947646
Mira Michelle
www.miramichelle.com/
SINE Network info:
sine.network/

Bridging The Divide June 2020-February 2021 Replays on YouTube and FB:
youtu.be/-tCbvAwQ38E

Livestream and support comes from SINE Network
sine.network/
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Bridging The Racial Divide: "I Am Not Racist, But Am I Anti-Racist?" Part 5

Bridging The Racial Divide: "I Am Not Racist, But Am I Anti-Racist?" Part 5

Apr 19, 3:00pm - Apr 19, 5:00pm

You are invited to join us live from Bridging The Divide FB Page including sharing support from many other FB Pages and FB Groups too caring for empowering Black Lives World Wide welcoming all genders and races. If you are interested in being in the zoom room please send us a private message on this FB Page.

On Monday, April 19th, 3.00 PM PST - 5:00 PM PST the focus of this conversation will be "I am not racist, but am I anti-racist?" Part 5

The focus will be:
"I'm Not Racist But Am I Anti-Racist?" Part 5

This is a live conversation led by Antoinette Rootsdawtah SUJ (Stand Up For Justice) Director, & Sommer Joy Ramer SINE Network Co-Founder, and in collaboration with Pato Banton, Dr. Quinlan Strong, Nichelle Monroe, Mira Michelle, Heather Elizabeth, and Amaya Tala, and more featured guests monthly.

Here are Live Stream Replays of the last 10 months.

This is a conversation to bridge the divide of racial injustice between all races (All genders are welcome) with the intent to focus on honoring the Black Lives Matter World Movement. The original live conversation began June 8th, 2020 about these topics 5 Obstacles to White allegiance.
White Supremacism
White Privilege
White Fragility / Guilt
White Liberalism
White Active Allies

May this conversation be part of the progress with in humanity to understand what stands between us and follow through on our lifelong pledge to co-create anti-racist culture building and make aligned action in our local and global communities to dismantle systemic racism in all systems. Let us working together be part of the conversation and action that contributes to systemic change for now and future generations.

SINE (Synergized Impact Network Exchange) is a global alliance of social innovators committed to large-scale behavior change through collaborative learning, innovation, and unprecedented unified action. In SINE we SPRUTH, speaking truth with love and compassion. We are always open to learning how to be better and respond to feedback to better serve our diverse global community. May this conversation be part of a better healthier environment for Black Members and participants worldwide. This is just the beginning. We would like to be more inclusive, adaptive and compassionate as possible always.

You can see the racial healing work that is provided by Antoinette Rootsdawtah, Dr. Quinlan, and Mira Michelles here:
Stand Up For Justice:
www.facebook.com/standupforjusticeus
standupforjustice.us/
Dr. Quinlan Strong
www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000184947646
Mira Michelle
www.miramichelle.com/
SINE Network info:
sine.network/

Bridging The Divide June 2020 - March 2021 Replays on YouTube and FB:
youtu.be/-tCbvAwQ38E

Livestream and support comes from SINE Network & SUJ
standupforjustice.us/
sine.network/

You are welcome to reach out to get in the zoom room. You can contact Sommer & Antoinette here
Standupforjusticele@gmail.com
sommer@compassiongames.org
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