The mission of the St. Barnabas Becoming Beloved Community Learning Discerning and Action Committee is to help lead the parish’s development and implementation of ongoing programs and activities that support The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice, with greater care for and preservation of God’s creation.


Our committee’s vision is to be seen as the primary facilitator of the parish’s desired realization of

1) a world where all people may experience dignity and abundant life; seeing themselves and others as beloved children of God and,

2) the world we pray for when we say, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

Our team meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. We welcome visitors or those interested in our work. Please email Nicole for the Zoom link at

Our team members are: Beth Clayton, Earline Fechter, Steve Gibson, Mev Hammond, Nicole A. Hershey, Jim Hill, Larry James, Della Rucker, Bethanie Van Camp, Jason Williams

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What is 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 Becoming Beloved Community Vision Document and accompanying resources help us to understand and take up the long-term commitments necessary to form loving, liberating and life-giving relationships with each other. Together, we are growing as reconcilers, justice-makers, and healers in the name of Christ.

 - from The Episcopal Church's webpage

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St. B Learning Library

The St. Barnabas Learning, Discerning, & Action Committee spent our first year together reading, studying, sharing, and growing in our understanding of Beloved Community and racial healing, reconciliation, and justice. Below you'll find a list of some of the most powerful pieces we absorbed, with a few words from the person who suggested the resource. 

We hope you'll join us in our journey!

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I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

by Austin Channing Brown

"This book moved me. The author uses her powerful voice on racial justice, to open our eyes on what it is like growing up Black, Christian, and female in middle-class white America. I actually listened to the story in the voice of the author.  It made me feel like she was a trusted friend sharing her heart with me.  Loved this book!"

-from Earline

"This book is HANDS DOWN my favorite thing I’ve read/watched/listened to. I love that Austin approaches anti-racism work from her Christian faith, from working and leading in church. It convicts me all over again.

Some of the stories she tells made me so mad on her behalf I threw the book across the room. More than once. She peels back layers and invites the reader into perspectives that I never would have been able to see on my own. My life is changed for having read her work."

-from Nicole


"This TED Talk-like video from Dr. Robin DiAngelo re-defined “racism” for me in a super profound way. I learn something each time I've watched it (and I've watched it, like, 20 times). Her book, White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, is one of the most powerful books I've ever read. If you don’t have time to read it this video hits the most of highlights."



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Austin Channing Brown on Brené Brown's podcast, Unlocking Us

"Austin Channing Brown’s anti-racism work is critical to changing our world, and her ability to talk about what is good and true about love, about our faith, and about loving each other is transformative."

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Beloved Community & Our Baptismal Promise


Resources from

The Episcopal Church

Vision Document


Becoming Beloved Community... Where You Are 

A Resource for Individuals, Congregations & Communities Seeking Racial Healing, Reconciliation and Justice

Telling the Truth, Proclaiming the Dream
Stories of Leadership, Racial Injustice, and Healing from Deputies, Bishops, and Leaders of Color in The Episcopal Church 


Becoming Beloved Community Blog Posts