On Friday, February 21st, members, including our communications intern, Sonja Morin, gathered on the beautiful Boston College campus to watch a film.
The documentary, featuring Grammy award-winning artist, Kirk Whalum, is Humanite: The Beloved Community. Produced and distributed by Minus Red, a film studio whose mission is uncommon stories, common threads, the film pays homage to Martin Luther King Jr. through both sonic and visual weaving of Kirk's original music and a startling diverse supporting range of musicians and artists.
For Massachusetts Citizens for Life, the the clear theme of shared humanity was particularly relevant. The documentary threads its narration with stories of the civil rights movement. But it digs deeper than a single moment in history.
It looks at history through the lens those common threads that arise at different eras and in different nations -- the stories that remind us of our shared humanity. More than that, it neatly illustrates the way in which artists see and embrace other, integrating disimilarities with love rather than fear. We are more alike than we think; we are more different than we ever need to fear.
The takeaway? Born, or preborn; black or white; American or Malaysian; well or differently-abled, we are a beloved community, a family.
This theme gave rise to what was perhaps the highlight of the evening: A lively and thorough discussion of human rights, opposition to abortion, and building relationships in Boston, Worcester, Western Massachusetts, and beyond.
Boston College pro-life club leaders agreed that when they stand outside Planned Parenthood, relationship -- building that bridge to the woman or man entering the building even in a split-second -- was what mattered.
After all, how can you ask a woman to see her child, if she doesn't see herself as worthy of life?
One member recalled just asking and listening to a girl's story, and when they finished talking, she left without going in for her appointment.
Others touched briefly on the legal aspects of outreach and public sidewalks. The conversation veered into planning, and then into the beauty of engaging in art that can turn hearts and make those marginalized see and feel their place in the beloved community.