BECOMING BELOVED COMMUNITY
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.”
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What is Beloved Community?
Jesus laid out the most basic Christian teaching of all when the young man asked him, “Which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He told him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:36-40). 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.
In particular, we anticipate that becoming Beloved Community will lead communities and individuals through four interrelated commitments, like quadrants of the labyrinth ...
(quoted from Becoming Beloved Community... Where You Are)
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
"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!"
"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."
"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."
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."
Beloved Community & Our Baptismal Promise
Resources from The Episcopal Church
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