Liberation Theology Study Group Sundays at 3 pm
Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God
Liberation Theology Study group is currently discussing Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God by the womanist theologian Kelly Brown Douglas. Local activist T. Marie King is co-facilitating the book discussion with Rev. Jennifer. All are welcomed to join the discussion!
Bible study Wednesday nights at 6 PM
Plenty Good Room: A Lenten Bible Study Based on African American Spirituals
This unique short-term Bible study combines an in-depth look at Scripture, American history, and the music and lyrics of six African American spirituals. The six-session study provides biblical, social, and historical analyses of ‘Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit,” “This Lonesome Valley,” “Bow Down on Your Knees,” “Plenty Good Room,” “Ain’t Dat Good News,” and “Were You There?” Bible Study facilitated by Rev. Sally Harris at Beloved, Wednesday nights at 6 pm.
Sunday, February 12, 2017, Beloved Community Church UCC celebrated the installation of Rev. Jennifer Sanders, the second minister to serve as head pastor of our congregation since our founding in 2000.
The service of installation celebrated the covenant between Rev. Jennifer, Beloved Community Church, the United Church of Christ and the wider community.
Continue reading Photos from our February 12th Installation Service
Join us this Sunday after the 5 pm service to vote on our budget and plan for the year ahead. All are welcome and invited to attend to the business of the church.
If you are not yet a member of Beloved, please make your membership (covenant) official to be eligible to vote! Read our church covenant, which is the basis of membership in our community, and talk to Rev. Jennifer to learn more about this commitment!
Join us after the 6 pm service Sunday night for our 5th Sunday Potluck!
Family and friends welcome – bring what you can and share if you are able.
See you Sunday at Beloved!
Church meeting shows diversity in Black Lives Matter movement by Jonece Star Dunigan – published on al.com Saturday, October 19th, 2016
Community activist Zac Henson held nothing back during a community meeting about racial equality at Beloved Community Church on Tuesday night.
As a member Cooperative New School for Urban Studies and Environmental Justice, he joined other social justice organizations that stood in solidarity with Black Lives Matter-Birmingham chapter during the meeting. Leaders talked about how the different organizations could help each other in the fight for racial equality following the fatal officer-involved shooting deaths of black men. It also gave residents who want to be involved a chance to meet the different organizations. Continue reading Voices for Racial Justice at Beloved
Article from Greg Garrison on al.com, published October 11, 2016.
The Rev. Jennifer Sanders, an openly lesbian community minister, was elected Sunday as the new pastor of Beloved Community Church in Avondale.
Beloved is affiliated with the United Church of Christ, one of the more liberal mainline denominations.
“I’m a woman, a lesbian, a member of a progressive faith tradition,” Sanders said.
Beloved Church, founded in 2000, voted 34-0 to elect Sanders. The church has about 120 members on roll.
Continue reading Feature on Beloved’s new pastor at al.com
Join us from 5:30-7:30 for pizza with Beloved pastoral candidate Jennifer Sanders. We will have time to mingle, as well as a question and answer period with Jennifer at 6 pm. We’ll enjoy pizza from our neighbors at Post Office Pies. Please call or email to let us know if you plan to attend or if you have any food allergies so we’ll order enough for everyone!
Sunday, October 2nd, 3-4 PM: Join Beloved pastoral candidate Jennifer Sanders as she helps administer the Blessing of the Animals with neighbors from The Abbey and Many Roads Spiritual Community at Beloved.
Bring your gentle, leashed pets, or pet accessories, for the blessing and fellowship in our parking lot!
As we search for a new pastor, we will continue to welcome guest preachers each week. Join us to hear the message, music and welcome of Beloved, Sunday nights at 6 pm.
Rev. Kelley Hudlow – Labor Day weekend (September 4th)
Rev. Hudlow is Deacon and Director of Community Relations for our neighboring Episcopal congregation/coffee shop, The Abbey.
Kelley will preach a special Labor Day message.
September 11th – Rev. Sally Harris
Beloved Sally will preach on Grandparents’ Day. Sally is an ordained UCC pastor currently serving as interim for a Lutheran church. All grandparents and grandchildren are especially invited.
September 18th – Rev. Gary Myers
A UCC pastor in Athens, Rev. Myers will help us observe the Baptism of our newest Beloved member, Christopher Wadsworth.
September 25th – Rev. Dollie Howell Pankey
Rev. Dollie Howell Pankey is the pastor of Saint James CME Church in Cordova. An educator at heart, she has worked as a teacher, chaplain, minister of music, and workshop facilitator. She also shares her musical gifts and graces as singer/songwriter.