Waddie Welcome and the Beloved Community


Waddie Welcome and the Beloved Community

"Waddie Welcome and the Beloved Community" is the story of a remarkable man and the people who surrounded him to make their whole community stronger. It is a life lesson in community building from people who became masterful by doing it.

Website: http://www.waddiewelcome.com
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Latest Activity: Jun 6, 2014

World Wide Readings of Waddie Welcome and the Beloved Community

Waddie Welcome and the Beloved Community is a powerful story that ignites conversation about community, friendship, and empowerment. These conversations lead to action and communities grow stronger.

Are you looking for ways to have more conversations that matter?

This Martin Luther King Day (January 17, 2011) you can be part of a simple movement that will introduce the world to Mr. Waddie Welcome. You are also welcome to join us in Waddie Welcome readings any day - every day - anywhere. But do join us on MLK Day.

It is easy to be involved:
1 - Borrow or purchase a copy of "Waddie Welcome and the Beloved Community"
2 - Host a gathering to read the book together
3 - Watch a great conversation emerge
4 - See a community inspired to action

For more information, please visit: www.waddiewelcome.com


Discussion Forum

Chain letter, chain book..... 5 Replies

 This is from a man who works as a financial manager in Cincinnati Ohio. He attended a a Waddie Welcome and the Beloved Community slide show that was sponsored by Tim Voit and Star Fire at a lovely…Continue

Started by Tom Kohler. Last reply by Tom Kohler Jul 17, 2011.

California Supported Living Network 8 Replies


Started by Christina. Last reply by Christina Apr 29, 2011.

Waddie 'kidnaps' more folks in Toronto.... 3 Replies

PLAN Torontois a newish family run agency that assists families to plan for their futures.  Susan Beayni from PLAN Toronto was at a Waddie…Continue

Tags: Read, Inclusion, community, belonging, Common

Started by Jack Pearpoint. Last reply by Anne Mitchell Feb 21, 2011.

Waddie Welcome Kidnaps Waterloo Region - AGAIN! 2 Replies

Our evening started at The Queen Street Commons Cafe in Kitchener.  This cafe provides space for free for groups to get together.We joined a group that already meets called Open Space - they…Continue

Started by Lori Maloney Young. Last reply by Tom Kohler Jan 22, 2011.

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Comment by Becki Pauls on December 16, 2010 at 8:09pm

Anne - wonderful Starbucks idea!  I will look to see if we have the signs here in Canada.  Great idea to do a reading in a coffee shop.  Becki

Comment by Anne Mitchell on December 16, 2010 at 8:06pm

While walking into a Starbucks to get my morning coffee one day I noticed the sign on the door read "Stories are Gifts.  Share."  I asked the manager if that was on all Starbucks doors, or just theirs and she told me it's on all of them.  I shared this with my friends and colleagues on the New Mexico Community Solutions Coalition, (http://nmcommunitysolutions.ning.com/) and Rebecca decided that was the perfect venue for her to host "Waddie Welcome" readings on MLK Day.  She's spoken to the regional manager in Albuquerque and they have 4 readings planned at 4 different locations and times that day!  The Starbucks manager was quite intrigued and may do some publicizing of the event!  How very cool!  Feel free to reference Rebecca's plan in Albuquerque if you decide to host a reading at a Starbucks.

Comment by Jack R Pealer Jr on November 8, 2010 at 10:20pm
Students at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio will be holding a reading on November 19 (2:30 p.m., Room 212, Macmillan Hall--for anyone in the neighborhood). Miami's campus was the orientation ground for those who took the risk of participating in "Freedom Summer" in 1964. Seemed like a good place for a WWBC reading.
Comment by Linda Keys on November 8, 2010 at 10:19am
Hello - I'm having a bit of bother adding info to the Waddie Welcome site about the 3 readings we've done so far. I think it might be only set up for North American entries, but not sure if that's the problem? Anyway, I'll keep you posted here about how many we are doing, so you can add it to the tally. Am I right that the aim is to do 5000 in total before MLK day?!
Warm regards to you all,
Comment by Linda Keys on October 28, 2010 at 7:29am
Comment by Tom Kohler on October 27, 2010 at 10:18am
Comment by Jack Pearpoint on October 27, 2010 at 9:55am
We can have readings for MLK's birthday AND the National Holiday. More readings!!!
Comment by Tom Kohler on October 27, 2010 at 9:48am
January 17th is the date that I see when I Google. MLK's birthday is the 15th, Monday, 17th is the National Holiday.... Thanks and looking forward to hearing more about your plans...
Comment by Linda Keys on October 27, 2010 at 5:28am
Hello folks,
A technicality:
I am confused about whether MLK day is the 14th January or the 17th... Initially I was planning our bigger reading for the 17th, then 'learned' MLK day was the 14th so started planning for that... But it's not too late to change back to the 17th if that is the date when others will be gathering...!
Yours, in confusion,
Comment by Jack Pearpoint on October 21, 2010 at 3:33pm
At the Toronto Summer Institute - July 2010 - Waddie was as you might expect - one of the instructors. His story - reading to each other, Tom Kohler's wisdom - all in all - 165 of us got to feel Waddie's presence, and understand exactly why he was such a powerful leader in Savannah and beyond. His leadership continued in Toronto - and thus - as people take him home - around the world.


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