A note from Angie: looking ahead

I am not a planner. That probably doesn’t come as a surprise to many of you.

I have never had the knack that my older sister has of making a 5-year plan for her life and sticking to it, checking things off one by one. I don’t think I’ve ever even tried to make a 5-year plan; I knew that if I did, I would lose it before I even started it.

When it comes to travel I make all my plans at the last minute and I make sure they are flexible because who knows what might come up to alter your plans.

In a way, I take heart in my lack of planning. The old saying makes sense to me, that “when people plan, God laughs.”

I’m not much of a planner but when I look back on my life, it makes sense. Even with all the mistakes I have made along the way, I can see some intelligent design, and the intelligence is not mine.

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Thanksgiving Day potluck + film at Beloved 3-6 PM

Thanksgiving 2015

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Advent + Christmas concerts at Beloved!

Join us each Sunday evening during Advent for special musical celebrations!

Sunday, November 29th, 6:00 PM: Featuring Alvin “Cornbread” Garrett David Sea of the Temptations Review!


Sunday, December 6th: Featuring Perfect Praise + Mark Kelly


Mark Kelly

Sunday, December 13th: Joint UCC Christmas service with special guests from Pilgrim UCC, Covenant Community Church + First Congregational UCC!

Sunday, December 20th: Roscoe Robinson + Christ Will Enter In (CWEN)

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Thursday, December 24th: Christmas Eve carol service featuring LeNard Brown & the Beloved Community Orchestra


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Lessons from the early church: learning to listen


Imagine that you are part of a small church. Imagine that your small church is racially and culturally diverse.

Some people in the church have ancestral roots in the land where you live and the others come from foreign lands.

Some speak one language and the others speak another.

Some come from the dominant religious background and the others come from another.

One group has historically had the upper hand of privilege. The other has historically been looked down upon and denied basic human rights.

I’m talking about the earliest church. It’s their story as much as it is ours.

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She Matters forum at First Congregational UCC


WHAT: An open forum engaging the community-at-large, community organizations and community leadership in healthy discussion concerning the documented incidences of police brutality involving African American women in 2015 around the United States.

WHEN: Saturday, November 14, 2015, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE: First Congregational Church, 1024 Center St. North, Birmingham, AL 35204


10:00 AM Community Advocates Discussion Panel

MODERATOR: Brian Gosa, Free Lunch Podcast (Co-Founder)


  • Kahmille Burroughs, Black Lives Matter Magic City (Co-Founder)
  • Shera Grant, Attorney – Deputy Public Defender
  • Avee-Ashanti Shabazz, Black Lives Matter Birmingham (Co-Founder)
  • Lisa Sharlach, Associate Professor of Government and Director, Women’s and Gender Studies, UAB
  • LaKesha Womack, Minister in the AME Zion Church and Radio Show Host
11:15 AM – 12:15 AM Breakout Sessions
  • Workshop 1 My Daughter’s Keeper
  • Facilitator: Minister Priscilla McWilliams
  • Workshop 2 ShePower: The Power of Telling Your Own Story
  • Facilitator: Attorney Javan Patton
  • Workshop 3 Music in the Key of She: How Music Affects Her Identity
  • Facilitator: Reverend Brandon Knight
  • Workshop 4 Birmingham Police Department Update
  • Facilitator: Deputy Chief Henry Irby, Birmingham Police Department
12:20 PM – 1:00 PM Refreshments

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Brown Bag packing Wednesday, November 18th

Volunteers are needed at 5:00 pm Wednesday the 18th of November to help pack Brown Bags for around 50 families who get food assistance each month.

Volunteers are also needed 9:45 am Saturday, November 21st to help host neighbors who stop by for a brown bag. Hospitality ends at 11. We serve food and fellowship with guests as they arrive.

This month, we are thrilled to offer Thanksgiving turkeys along with our normal brown bag offerings. Earmark your offering to support Thanksgiving turkeys.

Contact Molly Merkle to volunteer!

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Interfaith service for fair lending November 4th


RSVP + more details on Facebook!

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“A Generous Faith” Conference November 5th-6th


The Magic City Acceptance Project’s Communities of Faith Committee and the Human Rights Campaign Alabama invite you to the inaugural “A Generous Faith: Walking With Our LGBTQ+ Community” conference on November 5-6 at Temple Emanu-El and Highlands United Methodist Church in Birmingham.

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Recycling Summit at Beloved Tuesday, November 10th


RSVP and more info at AEConline.org/RecycleSummit.

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POSTPONED: “Beasts of the Southern Wild” screening


The next film in the 99 Films Series, presented by Birmingham Institute for Social Change (BISC), will be hosted at Beloved on Tuesday, November 17th.

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” is narrated from the point of view of a young girl in New Orleans. It shares her experiences living through Hurricane Katrina, with her family and community binding together to overcome the injustices that followed.

This is the third film in BISC’s five-film series which focuses on land, cultural identity and community. These five films (Daughters of the Dust, My Brooklyn, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Holding Ground, and Gaining Ground) all serve in BISC’s popular education platform to address common themes and issues of land as sacred space; cultural identity, migration, and community; and gentrification, resistance and just transition in Birmingham black and brown communities, and tying our lived experiences in with other marginalized peoples in global sites of resistance.

RSVP and more info on Facebook.

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Yoga for Recovery, now at Beloved

Yoga for Recovery

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