Who we are
For more than forty years (since 1963), Allies Building
Community, Inc. (A.B.C.) has encouraged, supported and honored truly
helpful, happy and appreciative attitudes, behavior, contributions,
volunteer community services and dedicated public service that have
modeled the Spirit of Friendship in action in the
community. We are a network of individuals, groups and
organizations interested in human potential, quality of life and
better East West understanding. We are collaborating to build
community spirit in Washington D.C. and online, sharing joy,
friendship and prosperity as a model for economic, human and
community development in the 21st century to undo fear, suffering,
guilt, ignorance, hatred, poverty and negativity.
We represent people of different ages, creeds, cultures, classes,
gender, races, occupations and ethnic
are co-creating online spaces and opportunities to share
information, strengthen our inner spirits and combine and utilize
the creative energies that we discover within us — as a powerful
resource for personal and community transformation.
Archway Network and Archway Community pioneer members include:
Chinatown Steering Committee; DC
Committee on Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs; FRIENDS program
at Foggy Bottom/West End/George Washington University; Brahma Kumaris, DC branch; Women Enabling Beauty; Meetup DC organizers,
Asian Benevolent Corps, A Beautiful Community, Award Networks, Award
International, ABC Allies, Archway Network, and Allies Building
Community, Inc. (A.B.C.).
CREDITS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Program organizing: Ding Chien, Brian Yang, Carla Renee, John Tinpe, Chi Kuan,
IT quality assurance: Ding Chien
Writing/editing: Wally Dickson, D. Tai
What Is Community? What Is Friendship?
A community is made up of more than physical things. It is not
merely a combination of things such as buildings, stores, houses,
schools, churches, trees, roads, and other physical objects that we
see with our eyes. Rather we believe that the essence of a community
is truly invisible. Some call this invisible aspect the Spirit or
The Friendship Archway Spirit or the conscience of the community or
God or Perfect/Pure Love.
The concept, "Friendship" to us refers to spiritual
unconditional love, kindness, caring, infinite patience, compassion,
forgiveness, generosity, integrity, tolerance, acceptance, essence
and appreciation. In practice, Friendship is reflected in one's
attitude, behavior and choices. Sometimes it means to agree to
disagree in a friendly and tolerant manner. Sometimes it means to
live and let live when opinions and preferences differ.
Sometimes it means to be tolerant and patient and give each other
time to grow and change. Sometimes it means to forgive and let go
thoughts or beliefs that do not work. Sometimes it shows in the
willingness to try out new beliefs and thoughts or to communicate
candidly from the heart. Friendship is a culture, belief, value,
faith, philosophy, commitment and a happier and more peaceful way of
life. It is a personal choice and investment for world peace and
It is toward this invisible aspect of community that we, as members
of an Archway Network and Community, direct our efforts and dedicate
the Friendship Archway Community Awards and this website. In this
respect, we believe that the Spirit of any community is an
expression of the Spirit that exists deep within the heart of each
and every individual. The quality of life in a community is
significantly enhanced by the awareness and practice of Friendship,
forgiveness and joy, no matter what. With humility, we learn from
and celebrate our differences rather than condemn and separate
To build a beautiful community of practice, we are working together
in a variety of ways to encourage and enhance the unique expression
of The Friendship Spirit that exists within each one of us. The
Friendship Archway physical monument suggests how we can transcend
conflicts and differences, by moving away from fixed positions at
the earth level and reaching upwards to connect and understand each
other at a higher level of Friendship, thus bridging East and West,
left brain and right brain, truth and illusion, love and fear. As
the Spirit within us shines ever more brightly, so too will The
Friendship Archway Spirit of our community.
What Is A Friendship Archway Community?
A Friendship Archway Community or Archway
Community is for everyone interested in human potential, quality of
life, better East West understanding, inner development and
related topics. This includes concepts, best practices,
models, solutions, research, prevention, websites, training and
coaching related to economic, human, community, spiritual,
relationship, language, emotional intelligence, identity,
consciousness and related applications, personal empowerment
programs and activities.
In the context of the downtown Washington D.C.,
America's capital, the "Archway Community of Downtown
D.C." sometimes refers to the geographic community coming
together centered around the Friendship Archway monument located at
7 and H Streets N.W. Washington, D.C., U.S.A. near the
new D.C. Convention Center.
This term in some contexts, refers to a
microcosm of people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, sharing the
same physical urban space which has been the historic home of
Chinatown D.C. This area is also the focal point for more than
370,000 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders living and working in
the metropolitan Wash. D.C. area. Currently, in 2004, many new
businesses, professional offices, retail stores, residential condo
buildings, government offices, visitors of the new D.C. Convention
Center and international community representatives... are all coming
together in this same neighborhood.
We welcome everyone to Downtown D.C. and Chinatown DC!
In the context of urban community development
as a profession, the concept or study model of developing "an
archway community" (as a concept without reference to physical
space or location), refers to a process of neighborhood
transformation, moving from a neighborhood that is negative/chaotic
and lacking in community spirit, to one that is emerging as a
community of sharing or reflecting a Spirit of Friendship and
caring. Thus, this refers to a community development process taking
place in the Foggy Bottom/George Washington University/West
End/Downtown D.C. community.
We believe a critical factor in building a
better quality of life for everyone living and working in the same
urban space is to increase awareness of the value of building a
Spirit of Friendship in a neighborhood.
This begins with people choosing to perceive each other as
allies and friends sharing a common Spirit, no matter how different
people may look in appearance. This
perception and the choice to practice friendship, kindness,
courtesy, caring, forgiveness, communications and cooperation
are demonstrated on a daily basis. Our attitude and choices
significantly impact the quality of life for everyone in the
For the purpose of improving quality of life
and minimizing hostility and conflicts, the development of an
archway community refers to planning and supporting programs that
offer people in the neighborhood opportunities to transform
their own perceptions and attitudes so that we can interact with
each other on a friendly basis, despite differences of opinions on
some topics, and participate in collaborative archway programs to
build community spirit and a better quality of life for all.
In the 21st century, urban community
developers help provide a context for greater awareness of
appreciation and friendship with profound positive impact on the
energy of the community. They can be helpful in transforming or
strengthening awareness in one building at a time, one neighborhood
at a time, with profound impact on the local, national and global
Why Are We Online? "to appreciate and
We have dedicated this first archway community
website to friendship, joy, prosperity, love, peace, forgiveness,
enlightenment, and positive ideas and attitudes. Let us remember
"to appreciate and honor" and forgive ourselves and others
every day. From a solid foundation of inner peace, self-acceptance
and strength, we will connect with others who are working hard in a
variety of ways to build peaceful and sustainable communities of
trust, love, forgiveness, compassion, and friendship across a wide
range of diversity.
One of the goals of archway websites is to raise the level of
awareness or consciousness of each individual who visits our
site. Perceiving the Friendship Spirit in
everyone, will strengthen our own awareness of love and joy to a
level that will ultimately heal conflicts and transform the global
community as a whole.
We also intend to have a little fun along the way!
We invite you to come aboard and join us in our adventure. But we
must warn you: the personal rewards you will receive along this
journey of joy, friendship and prosperity may be greater than
anything you presently expect!
Community Inc. (A.B.C.)
Building Community Inc. (A.B.C.) serves as a nonprofit umbrella
(50lc3) organization to build community spirit, capacity, human
potential and an enriched quality of life by bringing together
ideas, energy, talents, experience and resources to create and
implement community initiatives and innovative programs. ABC
affiliated organizations include A Beautiful Community,
Asian Benevolent Corps and Friendship Archway Community initiatives.
ABC was established in 1963 and incorporated in New York in 1964. It
is headquartered in Washington D.C., U.S.A.
vision of ABC for the world is A Beautiful Community of allies and
friends of diverse backgrounds, sharing joy, friendship and
prosperity as a short and long run approach for economic, human and
community development to undo fear, misperceptions, suffering,
ignorance, guilt, hatred, miscommunication and negativity.
"About A.B.C." section for more about A.B.C.)
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