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New Year’s Eve Watch Night Service and Chili/Soup Supper, 5 pm

Join us at 5 pm Sunday, December 31st, for our New Year’s Eve worship and early watch night service, followed by a soup and chili supper. All people are welcomed for food, fellowship, prayer, reflection, worship and blessings to prepare for the year to come.

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Alabama Arise meeting on Criminal Justice Debt Monday, December 11th

Join Alabama Arise at Beloved from 6-7:30 PM on Monday, December 11th for an informational discussion on Alabama’s oppressive criminal justice debt. A presentation will be led by key legal staff from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

In addition, Arise organizer Stan Johnson will preview the entire 2018 slate of Alabama Arise state legislative priorities. Your voice and suggestions are needed to advocate on the following priorities:

  • Criminal Justice Debt (A new issue for Arise members to work on in 2018!)
  • Tax reform/Untax Groceries
  • Death Penalty Reform/Abolition
  • Affordable Housing (Housing Trust Fund)
  • Payday and Title Lending Reform
  • Public Transportation Funding (Transit Trust Fund)

The state legislative session begins Tuesday, January 9th. And, later next summer, state legislators will be campaigning for re-election. Your voice, and your vote, matters to speak out and speak up for fellow Alabamians suffering from unjust laws.

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How Sweet It Is To Be-Loved Music Festival Thursday, October 19th!

How Sweet It Is poster 2017

Thursday, October 19th, 5:30 – 8 pm

Beloved Community Church
131 41st Street South, Birmingham, 35222

Featuring:

David Sea of The Temptations Revue
Alvin “Cornbread” Garrett
The Murray Family
LeNard Brown of the Controllers
Roscoe Robinson
CWEN

Purchase Tickets to the How Sweet It Is Music Festival

Tickets are $25. If you would like to pay more for your ticket, we have offered a sliding scale for the first time ever:

$25 – one ticket
$50 – one ticket + one ticket sponsored for a low-income person
$100 – one ticket + expenses sponsored for 1 grassroots justice meeting
$1000 – one ticket + utilities and supplies sponsored for 1 month
$10,000 – one ticket + all expenses sponsored for a month (hey, might as well ask!)

Volunteers are needed to promote, sell tickets, collect silent auction items and organize food. Contact us if you would like to help!

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A Time for Troubling: A Sermon for Charlottesville

The sermon from Sunday, August 13, 2017 on 1 Kings 19: 9-18 

The great priest and peace activist Daniel Berrigan writes that 1 Kings (among other books in the Hebrew Bible) offers us “a diagnosis of the pathology of power.”

What then is the role of the prophet mired in the pathology of power, residing in a bloody land that worships idols?

Berrigan lifts up the idea that “Prophecy [is] speaking loud and clear, interpreting, warning and blessing, praising goodness and denouncing evil in high places and low.”   Continue reading A Time for Troubling: A Sermon for Charlottesville

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Independence or Interdependence

The sermon from Sunday, July 2, 2017 on Romans 6:12-23

This passage from the apostle Paul’s letter to the Roman church is layered.  

That’s good because I sat down to write one sermon and ended up writing another. The Holy Spirit will do that to you.

Let’s start with this line from the middle – I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations.

Continue reading Independence or Interdependence

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Living our Covenant

We hope you will join us through advocacy, prayer and action this month to support the realm of God on earth.

This is our Covenant: “With the help of God, We will walk together in the ways of Jesus, creating a community and striving for a world where no one is an outcast and no one is a stranger

Speak out for Sanctuary policies in Birmingham

“Where all people are celebrated as precious children of God

Speak out against LGBTQ discrimination in Birmingham

“Where we joyfully share with one another: Hope for the living…”

Write letters to support summer feeding and child nutrition programs

Comfort for the dying.. Dignity for those in struggle…”

Ask our Senators to protect healthcare for low-income, elderly and sick people

“And the freedom to ask, and to seek, and to grow
more fully into the 
persons we were created to be.”

(Above photos show Beloveds at the March for Sanctuary, Pride Parade, Brown Bag Ministry and the healthcare sit-in this month.)

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Happy Anniversary, Beloved!


  

  
Shown above: LeNard Brown, Rev. Jennifer, our celebration meal, and performances from The Murray Family, Christ Will Enter In (CWEN) and D’Marie

Thanks again to our anniversary sponsors:

A.G Callins Home Inspection – First Congregational Church UCC – Hope Central Church –Pilgrim Church UCC – Radical Hope Church – Risk Consulting Expert Services – S&W Electric – Birmingham Friends Meeting – Birmingham Progressive Christian Alliance – The Cooperative New School – Kelsey Weeks Photography – The Abbey Coffee Shop – Beautiful Rainbow Cafe & Catering – JC Services – The Juke Joint – Just Love Weddings – Mentone Vacation Cabin

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The Work of Healing

The sermon from Sunday, June 18, 2017 on Matthew 9:35-10:8

Christians are called to be healers.  Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. 

To be a follower of Jesus is to accept that we are tasked with healing.  It’s one of the foundational aspects of the Gospels. Jesus heals and he tells those who would follow him to do the same.

There is much work to be done. The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. 

We as followers of Jesus are called to the work of healing as a primary commitment – the work of healing ourselves, the work of shared healing with those around us, and the work of healing the world.

This world where we glorify guns, but deem it okay for a police officer in Minneapolis to shoot and kill a black man who lawfully has one. We grieve tonight for the death of Philando Castile – and for a world that perceives blackness as threat.

There is a need for healing.

Continue reading The Work of Healing

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The Work of Pentecost

The sermon from Sunday, June 4, 2017 on Acts 2:1-21

I want to tell 4 stories tonight. None of them is long, but they all speak to the Pentecost moment.

The first takes place not so long after the actual event of Pentecost. Nero was emperor of Rome for 14 years – from 54-68 AD. History remembers him as cruel and tyrannical, vain and corrupt.  He executed his own mother. He slaughtered Christians – then still a minor, troublesome sect in the empire –  for sport. He spent far more money than the imperial coffers could sustain. He was obsessed with his own popularity.

In the year 64 AD, there was a massive fire in Rome. It is said to have burned for 5 days. It destroyed 70% of the city and left half of Rome’s population homeless. It was massive. There were rumors that Nero had had the fire started to clear way for a new planned palace – 1st century gentrification and redevelopment – and to deflect those rumors, Nero instead blamed the Christians. Christians then were still widely persecuted, but this imperial finger-pointing ignited a whole new wave of the killing of Christians. Continue reading The Work of Pentecost

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Help feed hungry families! June volunteer opportunities at Beloved

 We’ve committed to a big month of volunteering this June! The week of June 26th-30th, we’re providing meals and helping host homeless families with Family Promise.
family promise

We’re also providing summer meals to 175 students that week through GBM’s Thank Goodness I’m Fed Summer Program. Most of the meal assembly will happen the weekend before and meals will be delivered by 10:30 each morning, MondayFriday.

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Plus, we will continue to do our Brown Bag Ministry on June 21st and 24th!

How you can help:

  • Help with meal prep, packing or delivery – contact Molly Merkle or Jackie Limbaugh to help (several volunteer opportunities available June 21st-28th).
  • Volunteer to stay overnight with Family Promise June 26th, 27th or 28th – You don’t have to bring food to help out. Contact Jackie Limbaugh for info.

 

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