Category Archives: Get to know Beloved

Photos from our February 12th Installation Service

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.

rev. jennifer

The service of installation celebrated the covenant between Rev. Jennifer, Beloved Community Church, the United Church of Christ and the wider community.

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Beloved Community annual meeting Sunday, February 19th

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!

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“In the Company of the Poor” study group Sundays at 3 pm

Our Liberation Theology study group is working our way through In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez.
Farmer is the founder of Partners in Health while Gutierrez is one of the founding voices of the concept of liberation theology.
Reading schedule:
February 5th: chapters 3-5
February 12th: chapters 6-7 and the afterward
Anyone is welcome. Our goal is to both make sense of the material together and to make sense of it in our own personal and communal contexts.

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Christmas Eve Service, Christmas Potluck + Worship

All are welcome to come as you are.

Saturday, December 24th, 5 pmChristmas Eve Candlight Service with carols from Beloved Community Orchestra.


Sunday, December 25th, 3 pm: Creative potluck – bring food, a musical instrument, poetry to share  – these are the gifts we bring!


Feel free to come to the potluck only – whether we have seen you before or not, come alone or bring the whole family! – but also, feel welcome to stay for our worship service at 5 pm.


See you for Christmas at Beloved!

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Advent and Christmas Worship Series- Sunday nights at 5

Join us each Sunday in December for Advent messages about love, joy, and peace followed by Advent concerts with Beloved Community Orchestra and special guests!

Sunday, December 18th, 5 pm: A message on the meaning of love in  a turbulent world, with music from Christ Will Enter In & Roscoe Robinson!


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The Time of Harvest – A sermon on Psalm 65

The sermon from Sunday, October 23, 2016 –

The words I offer you tonight in this sermon are an interpretation of the meaning we might find in this scripture. Every time you hear someone preach or someone teach or someone speak about scripture, they are all giving you an interpretation – their own human interpretation of these words that we find in the Bible.

The notion that any one human being – or any group of human beings – can describe to you THE definitive, absolute, and unchanging meaning of any Scripture is simply not possible – though many will claim it. All of us come to this place through our own human experiences and the lens of understanding that reflect the context of our lives.

That does not make our task here tonight less valuable. In fact, quite the opposite. It makes our work here together – and the ongoing conversation – all the more important. We are working with this extraordinary gift into the world, the Bible, as a unique tool, as a word from God, to help us make sense of our lives in this moment.

So I would argue that this Psalm [Psalm 65], this joyous song of thanksgiving and promise comes to us at a perfect time. We finally feel the changing of the seasons. We’ve closed out the summer and settled into the daily rhythms of the school year, the football season, and the holidays both behind and ahead.

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Fifth Sunday potluck October 30th after 6 pm service

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!

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Sunday afternoons at Beloved: meditation, fellowship + more

New service time! Continuing our tradition of evening service but adjusting with the seasons, our weekly worship service will start at 5 pm, with food and fellowship downstairs at 4. 


We’re also offering different ways to connect with Beloved on Sunday afternoons:

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Voices for Racial Justice at Beloved

Church meeting shows diversity in Black Lives Matter movement by Jonece Star Dunigan – published on 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

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On Judging: A Response to “REPENT OR PERISH” theology

The sermon from Sunday, October 16, 2016 –

Romans 2: 1-3 (NRSV)  Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same  things. You say, ‘We know that God’s judgment on those who do such things is in accordance with the truth. Do you imagine, whoever you are, that when you judge those who do such things and yet do them yourself, you will escape the judgment of God?

Tonight I’m doing a couple of other things I don’t usually do in sermons. I’ve strayed from the lectionary, which is the method we typically follow to select a passage of Scripture on which to preach.

And I’m going to talk about myself from a raw place. Conventional wisdom is to preach from your scars, those places that have healed up – not from your wounds. And yet the wound to me is in some ways a wound to our whole community – so I want to speak to it and from it for the sake of our common healing.

This does fit with one of my most basic foundations of preaching, which is that people have been preaching from the texts that make up our Bible for going on 2000 years now. That’s a lot of words that have been said about this one book.

So for it to be worth your time and my time for me to stand up here and say something and for you to listen – and not just read from something somebody else wrote 500 years ago  – it makes sense that I would take these texts and examine them in light of the moment in which we live. Continue reading On Judging: A Response to “REPENT OR PERISH” theology

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