Foundation for Community Encouragement

M. Scott Peck's Founding Dream

Written on the back of an envelope at an organizational meeting for the newly formed Foundation for Community Encouragement. 

There is a yearning in the heart for peace. Because of the wounds and rejections we have received in past relationships, we are frightened by the risk of disarming ourselves. In our fear, we discount the dream of authentic community as merely visionary. But there are rules by which people can come back together, and by which the old wounds can be healed. It is the mission of FCE to teach these rules--to make hope real again--to make the vision actually manifest in a world which has almost forgotten the glory of what it means to be human.

FCE's Mission Statement

FCE encourages people, in a fragmented world, to discover new and better ways of being together. Living, learning, and teaching the principles of community, FCE serves as a catalyst for individuals, groups, and organizations to:

  • Communicate with authenticity

  • Relate with love and respect

  • Deal with difficult issues

  • Seek, honor and affirm diversity

  • Bridge differences with integrity

  • Acknowledge our human frailties

  • Take responsibility for our actions and make amends where possible

  • Practice forgiveness for ourselves and others


FCE's approach encourages tolerance of ambiguity, the experience of discovery, and the tension between holding on and letting go. In our work to empower others, we remember our reliance upon a Spirit within and beyond ourselves.

For more information, please visit the FCE website at

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