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Human Rights Campaign Faith Forum at Beloved July 22, 2014

By Greg Garrison Published on July 23, 2014 at al.com. BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Lauren, 23, stood up in the middle of Beloved Community Church in Avondale on Tuesday night, holding her Bible. “I’m a lesbian,” she said. “I really didn’t want to be gay.” … Continue reading

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Across the Tracks: a look at gentrification in Avondale

Three of our Beloveds were recently featured in this short documentary by UAB Media Students focusing on gentrification in our Avondale community. We hope you’ll watch and perhaps learn something new, or will have your own experiences to share. Please … Continue reading

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Lenten reflection from Carmen Maria Austin

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads  me in right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I … Continue reading

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Lenten reflection from Peggy Johnson

Lent is a great time to think about all our relationships. This is a  “tool”  that works for healing relationships. Read it out loud several times every morning and night or whenever you can. Plug in the person’s name you … Continue reading

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On shame

“If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness … Continue reading

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Lenten reflection: The Lord’s prayer

Ernesto (student in Solentiname, Nicaragua): “We pray to God for his name to be holy, and it’s up to us to make his name holy. We pray for his kingdom to come, and it up to us to build it. … Continue reading

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On sacrifice

At 10 years old, a boy named Eliseo Medina left Mexico to join his father who was an immigrant farm worker in the San Joaquin Valley in California. When he was 12, Eliseo dropped out of school to join his … Continue reading

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Lenten reflection

“Spirituality without a prayer life is no spirituality at all, and it will not last beyond the first defeats. Prayer is an opening of the self so that the Word of God can break in and make us new. Prayer … Continue reading

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On joy

A tree crashed through the roof of my house and a tornado tore off the roof of the church I pastor on the same stormy night last month. God did that, I’m told. Or Satan did. Depends on who you … Continue reading

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On grace

Lent is said to be a time for introspection and laying bare the warped ways of our wayward souls; a time for laying our cards on the table, admitting at least to ourselves that we have stacked the deck, cheated … Continue reading

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