The Essential Power of Belonging

Caroline Clarke. Video. 12 minutes. TEDxBeaconStreetSalon, August 2019.


This TEDx talk highlights belonging, how it helps humans thrive, and how to create it in community.


the fundamental phrase"I see you," including Black women and other minorities, the multiracial and biracial experience, blended families

Recommended Audience

anyone seeking to develop relationships and community belonging, especially hospitality team



Practical Applications

  • Create a sense of belonging by watching as a team and brainstorming how to create an "I see you" culture.
  • Teach your congregation about hospitality and inclusion by sharing this broadly.

About the Contributor

Matt Burke

Matt Burke is the director of the Northeast Center for Congregations in Fort Wayne and serves as the Center’s Education Director statewide. Matt has a background in classroom, digital and experiential education and most recently served as the associate director of Learning Science at Kaplan Test Prep. He is passionate about using education to develop deeper faith in congregational participants.

Matt earned a B.A. in Religion from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kelly, and his two sons, Silas and Levi. Matt also loves storytelling in films, books and music and finding the intersections of faith and popular culture.

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