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 Rowena Halle on May 5, 2011 at 5:31pm
We had a wonderful time together sharing Waddies life story in Kingsbridge a small town in the UK.  We felt very close to others around the globe who were and are sharing Waddie's uplifting story.  We have rarely needed community so much as we  do now when times are so difficult and people are in danger of being isolated and marginalised yet again.  There were plenty of tears and it was difficult to go on in places but it left us all feeling better.  Thank you Tom and thank God for the memory of Waddie and his legacy of hope.
Comment by Tom Kohler on January 22, 2011 at 9:38am

15 Savannah College of Art and Design students, representing 5 countries, met in the library of Bull Street Baptist Church to share in reading Waddie Welcome and the Beloved Community. Professors Julie Varland (Urban Design) and Susan Falls (Anthropology) are using the story to frame a graduate class connecting the 'relationship structure' of a community to the 'physical structure' of a community. We finished our morning with a trip to the Telfair Museum to see Ms. Addie Reeves phone book, which is featured on the cover of Waddie Welcome and the Beloved Community. This felt like 'cultural tourism' - a term I just read about in Jack Pealer's most recent Safeguards Newsletter - jackjr441@earthlink.net. email Jack for a copy.... We are now looking for ways to have Waddie Welcome and the Beloved Community become a yearly cross discipline experience at SCAD..... 


Comment by Jack Pearpoint on January 20, 2011 at 10:45pm

ON MONDAY, January 24 at 7:00 pm EST - there is an 'experiment' using webex to allow some of us to see and/or chat with one another about what we have learned from Waddie Welcome as we read together - and think about the future.

It should take about 90 minutes.  We 'believe' we can have 10 video links plus a much larger number of audio connections.  We hope it will work out for any of you who want to join in..

The instructions to join are below..  Hope to 'see/hear' you on Monday at 7:00pm


INVITATION TEXT: The following can be sent out to the participants
Meeting information
Topic: Waddie Welcome - Video/Audio Check in
Date: Monday, January 24, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
Meeting Number: 920 229 059
Meeting Password: wadwel
To start or join the online meeting
Go to https://eval.webex.com/eval/j.php?ED=155213087&UID=493967177&am...
Audio conference information
To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the meeting, or call the number below and enter the access code.
Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 1-866-469-3239
Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-429-3300
Global call-in numbers: https://eval.webex.com/eval/globalcallin.php?serviceType=MC&ED=...
Toll-free dialing restrictions: http://www.webex.com/pdf/tollfree_restrictions.pdf
Access code:920 229 059
For assistance
1. Go to https://eval.webex.com/eval/mc
2. On the left navigation bar, click "Support".
To update this meeting to your calendar program (for example Microsoft Outlook), click this link:
To check whether you have the appropriate players installed for UCF (Universal Communications Format) rich media files, go to https://eval.webex.com/eval/systemdiagnosis.php
IMPORTANT NOTICE: This WebEx service includes a feature that allows audio and any documents and other materials exchanged or viewed during the session to be recorded. You should inform all meeting attendees prior to recording if you intend to record the meeting. Please note that any such recordings may be subject to discovery in the event of litigation.

Comment by Michael Mather on January 18, 2011 at 6:06pm
Yesterday was my first experience of a group reading of Waddie Welcome.  I loved the variety of folks who read at Broadway -- but I especially loved the conversation I overheard that was moderated by Anne Mitchell afterwards.  Special thanks not only to Anne - but to Eric Sarver, Cathy Pilarski, Terri Coleman and Jim Fore who pulled the whole amazing thing together.  They did great.
Comment by Lynda D. Kahn on January 18, 2011 at 5:59pm

The spirit if last evening's reading in Toronto reminded me of a Passover Sedar, in many ways ~ the reading aloud, all over the world, of the same, powerful story.  A story that brings out the best of who we are and can be with one another.  Lynda


Comment by Jack R Pealer Jr on January 18, 2011 at 1:16pm
Nikki Booker of Cincinnati "channels" Mrs. Addie Reeves, at a Waddie reading yesterday, at Coffee Emporium in downtown ("Over-the-Rhine") Cincinnati.  About 20 readers/listeners took part.
Comment by Kirk Hinkleman on January 18, 2011 at 11:00am
We hosted a Waddie reading last night.  It was a beautiful mixture of people from different race, religion, sexual orientation and ability.  We shared dessert, company, live music before, Waddie's story and conversation after.  Thank you Waddie for your life.  Thanks to Tom Kohler for writing such a beautiful book and for sharing with us at TSI 2010.  We continue to pay it forward in San Diego!
Comment by Jack Pearpoint on January 18, 2011 at 1:17am

Waddie inspires again.. in Toronto.. Two people who have just moved to Toronto connected with the story - and Addie Reeves 'outsider' art phone book.  A reader recalled the parallels and the privilege of being fully present as someone teaches us about death.  That was quite a discussion.  We recalled parallels to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Canada - which is listening to stories of oppression - and forgiveness - with many 'Waddie" parallels. 

It was another lovely Waddie evening.  

We had desert - that was also sweet.  With thanks to Ray and Michelle for providing their living room.

Jack & Lynda

Comment by Anne Mitchell on January 17, 2011 at 7:10pm

Terry Martin painted this poster for the reading...

Loved the reading and world cafe conversation at the Broadway Church in Indianapolis today!  A lot of people put a lot of effort into creating a wonderful reading.  I especially loved having a fair number of smaller children participate - a new experience for me and one I will try to do again.  The elementary school- age kids seemed to (and said) really enjoy the reading and participating in the world cafe.  (As did the teens and adults by the way!) Their conversation was very deep and insightful.  Lots of people thinking about hosting readings or taking some sort of action from their thinking and conversation today.  A very satisfying day.


How was your reading???   

Comment by Anne Mitchell on December 16, 2010 at 8:14pm

Thanks Becki - I think so too.  I'm involved in a reading at a church in Indianapolis on MLK Day but I may have to have another reading at a Starbucks as the idea of pulling in some people who just happen to be there is kinda fun to think about!  And besides that, imagine what a company like Starbucks might do to get the word out about "Waddie Welcome and the Beloved Community"!


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