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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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 Linda Keys on October 8, 2010 at 11:18am
We did a small reading yesterday in Edinburgh! It was lovelty and led to some good discussions. Feels great to be part of a world-wide action...
Comment by Jack Pearpoint on September 11, 2010 at 5:56pm
Thinking about doing a Waddie Welcome Reading? Watch this one minute video made by John O'Brien - HOW TO!

Find more videos like this on Inclusion Network
Comment by Jack Pearpoint on September 11, 2010 at 12:48am
Waddie Welcome has just been featured in

Abilities Magazine (attached) - a very nice article. Please join us on the World Wide Read
Join the Movement.pdf
Comment by Becki Pauls on September 8, 2010 at 6:52pm
At AASU, on Sept 1, 500+ students launched the Common Read - enthralled by Tom Kohler & Susan Earl's reading of Waddie Welcome and the Beloved Community. With Armstrong's leadership, (Dr. Jane Rago), readings of the book begin World Wide - leading to Martin Luther King day.

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Comment by Jack Pearpoint on September 6, 2010 at 6:17pm
The Common Read was just launched in Savannah GA on Sept 1 - with over 500 students being mesmerized as Tom Kohler and Susan Earl read excepts from Waddie Welcome and the Beloved Community. Several video clips give a glimpse and impressions of some folks who attended. Have a look. And if you are interested in either the Common Read as a project, or joining the World Wide Read of Waddie Welcome, please let us know.

Dr. Jane Rago - Coordinator of the First Year Experience (including the Common Read) at Armstrong Atlantic State University - introduces this year's book/study selection = Waddie Welcome and the Beloved Community. At the launch, on Sept 1, over 500 students jammed in to hear Tom Kohler and Susan Earl read selections of the book. We hope you will join all of us in the World Wide Read of Waddie Welcome for Martin Luther King Day. For information: http://www.waddiewelcome.com
Several Video clips highlight the Common Read and people's impressions.
An Introduction...
Dr. Jane Rago
Mr. Waddie Welcome's nieces
Comment by Anne Mitchell on August 25, 2010 at 8:51am
Good morning. I returned last evening from my father's memorial service and the interment of both of my parent's cremains on their 63rd anniversary August 23. Family came from across the country and we ended a good, emotional day with a reception/celebration of their lives. Towards the end of the reception, those of us with enough remaining stamina read "Waddie Welcome and the Beloved Community" and had wonderful conversation that could have lasted much longer than we had time for. There were tears and laughter; lots of connections to us working hard (mostly my sister and her husband who shared a home with my parents for the last four years) to keep my parents at home and of the importance of dying at home surrounded by people who love you; struggles to envision how we might connect people who don't have biological family to keep more people out of institutions of any kind; and commitments to support each other to stay at home our whole lives. I can't think of a more fitting tribute to my father who lived very intentionally every day to quietly give of himself to community.

It's funny to me that this reading was most difficult for me - a room full of people I know well, and I was more worried about how it might go than I ever have been before. And yet, the power of this story worked its magic again and people were grateful for the opportunity to think deeply and engage in a conversation that matters with people who matter deeply to each other.

I am so looking forward to more stories about how this story moves people.

Comment by Jack Pearpoint on August 17, 2010 at 5:10pm
Seems like the right size group for a reading is somewhere between 2 - and 2000 - and the age range is about 2 - 102 - as long as people read out loud.
Rumor has is that the Australians are on board so there should be some samplers from down under before long.
Comment by Tom Kohler on August 17, 2010 at 4:08pm
A got a great phone call a few minutes ago. Two people I know, one of whom spends all of his time in bed, are reading the Waddie Welcome and the Beloved Community story aloud. They wanted to read it together before the each invite their respective churches to organize readings in Sunday School classes, Wed. night suppers, Small Group, and the such. "You lied! It's not possible to read this in 40 minutes. It took us an hour to read 2 chapters. We keep talking about it as we read it. We are loving this story." Well, theres another way to read the story. 2 people, discuss as you go, and don't worry with how long it takes. I love the idea of these 2 men, one black, one white, one mobile, one immobile, finding the story too sweet to rush.
Comment by Michael Mather on August 17, 2010 at 3:39pm
Anne Mitchell shared the Waddie Welcome story with our friends, compatriots, and co-workers around Broadway. It not only generated a wonderful discussion and story telling session, but it engaged absolutely everyone (which is fairly unusual in our diverse crowd). Some folks who had never taken up the mantle before eagerly gave themselves to the idea of telling the story around here. I have been carting the book along with me from place to place and sharing it with others. In our parish - the idea of a place where everyone is truly valued is seriously worked at...and played at. This story adds to the dance of community around here and we are grateful.
Comment by Anne Mitchell on August 17, 2010 at 10:08am
This is beautiful Jack - thanks so much for sharing! I will be doing a reading this weekend with my extended family at the occasion of my Dad's Memorial service and the interment of my parents cremains, together again on their 63rd anniversary. My sister and I talked about the fact that we have family coming from CA, ME, FL, MI, OH, MA, MI, MN, CO, - and what better time to talk about community then when our generation takes the lead in our family. We supported our parents to stay out of any facility and both died at home surrounded by people and animals they loved and who loved them. Your post assures me this will be a good time to share this story and strengthen our connections. Thanks!

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