“I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. 35 This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other.” (Jn 13:34-35)
Welcome to 2020 Vision for Becoming Beloved Community—a year of resources to aide you on your journey to follow the path laid out by Jesus to love one another as God loves us.
This resource was developed by the staff and members of the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Beloved Community Initiative. Our purpose is two-fold. It is our hope that this will help individuals and groups to build on the diocesan Dismantling Racism training. We also hope that if you have not attended the training, this program will be used as an adult and/or intergenerational education tool for you or your parish.
Each month you will find materials that focus on a central theme introduced with a theological reflection, followed by suggestions in five areas: Learn, Notice, Engage, Reflect, Pray.
The Learn section will provide you with opportunities to read materials, listen to podcasts or speeches and watch videos to continually build our understanding of difference in the United States. The Notice section will encourage you to take notice of your surroundings and everyday interactions and experiences. The Engage section will give you suggestions for taking what you are learning into a more public arena and/or to seek out others to connect with as you learn more. The Reflect section invites you to journal about what you are learning, feeling, and how you might invite others into what you are learning. The Prayer and a theological reflection ground all of the work as part of our ongoing spiritual formation.
Thank you and may God bless us all in working towards becoming beloved Community,
Beloved Community Initiative
Please let us know that you are on this journey with us. This will provide you with a community of folks who are also on this journey, access to other free resources and sign-ups for our quarterly community forums online.