Becoming Beloved Community
As the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, we dream and work to foster Beloved Communities where all people may experience dignity and abundant life and see themselves and others as beloved children of God. The Beloved Community is the body within which all people can grow to love God and love the image of God that we find in our neighbors, in ourselves, and in creation. It provides a positive, theologically and biblically based ideal that orients the work of racial healing, reconciliation, and justice. It is the end toward which the Jesus Movement points.
The Episcopal Church’s Becoming Beloved Community vision – presented by our Church’s key leaders in May 2017 – frames a path for Episcopalians to address racial injustice and grow as a community of reconcilers, justice-makers, and healers who share a passion for the dream of God. Because this is the work of spiritual formation, and not simply completing a training or implementing a set of programs, we encourage individuals and congregations to embrace the journey ahead as a long-term commitment. It may be helpful to imagine a labyrinth as you reflect, act, and reflect again. After all, on the road toward reconciliation and healing, we travel around corners, make sharp turns, pass fellow travelers, and double back into quadrants we have indeed visited before, each time discovering a fresh revelation or challenge.
Are you interested in reading, watching, and learning:
- about the history of race and racism in America
- the impact it has on our world today
- and engaging in meaningful conversation about change?
Are you interested in working with a small group:
- to share your story
- to discover how race and racism have impacted you
- and engaging in meaningful conversation about what …
Thanks to the work of Owene Courtney, Bob Dannals, Tommy Donahoo, Beverly Bonaparte and Joe O’Shields, our Cathedral hosted a series of conversations about race. The goal of Truth & Reconciliation Conversations is to face racism and find ways to heal TOGETHER. The conversations were moderated by Khalil Osiris, founder of Reflecting Freedom Network,
His vision for the program follo…Read More »
On Sunday, June 28, at 8:30 a.m, St. John's Cathedral hosted a conversation on Zoom that was focused on the new book, Damaged Heritage: The Elaine Race Massacre and A Story of Reconciliation by J. Chester Johnson. The program consisted of a presentation by the author, a discussion on the book by the author and Dr. Catherine Meeks, Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Episco…