South African Rev. Alan Storey at Beloved Sunday, August 2nd

Alan is an ordained minister of the Methodist Church of South Africa and is presently ministering at the Central Methodist Mission in Cape Town.

Alan believes the following: To take the whole Bible literally is an absurdity; Jesus would much rather be taken seriously than worshiped; the division of the world into “saved” and “un-saved” is hate speech; the holy land is not a place to visit but every place to value; there are around 7.2 billion chosen people in the world; the day will come when all guns will be turned into ploughshares (he chairs Gun Free South Africa); the Church must ask the Queer community for forgiveness for its bigotry and exclusion as a matter of urgency; inequality is a weapon of mass destruction.

Alan’s faithfulness to the peacemaking Christ was tested early in his life when he faced conscription into the apartheid regime military. After spending a year of discernment abroad, he returned to South Africa, declaring he would never fight in the apartheid army – or any army. He was arrested and faced trial with a six-year prison sentence as the likely outcome. Alan’s trial was surprisingly abandoned midway, and he became the last conscientious objector to be tried in apartheid South Africa.

Alan will be leading the Manna & Mercy Bible study at First UMC this weekend before joining us to preach on Sunday night.

Be sure to join us Sunday at 6 to hear a brilliant theologian & preacher!

Sister City Connection: Spoken Word Fundraiser July 23rd

On Thursday, July 23rd, join us at Beloved from 6:30-8:30 pm for a spoken word fundraiser to support some of Birmingham’s best youth poets!

This is a unique event featuring Birmingham’s own women’s spoken word collective, Sister City Connection, performing in concert with youth poets from Birmingham’s Real Life Poets.

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Guest sermon from Beloved Leah Clements: How Will We Respond?

Beloved Leah Clements leaves to go to Candler School of Theology at Emory University next week, and we will miss her dearly. Her sermon last night was a call to action for us all.

She preached on this text from Mark 4:35-41:

“On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’ And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him.

A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’

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Cuba Caravan stopping at Beloved July 8th

You’re invited to meet the Cuba Caravan at Beloved!

WHEN: Wednesday, July 8, 6:00 PM

WHERE: Beloved Community Church, 131 41st Street South, Birmingham, AL 35222

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public. Contributions will be taken to support the Caravan mission.

With Cuba’s increased presence in world news today, Birmingham Peace Project and Beloved Community Church will jointly present the Twenty-Sixth Annual Friendship Caravan to Cuba. This caravan is one of many winding their way through the US this summer to collect and deliver needed aid items to the Cuban people.

The friendship caravans are organized by Pastors for Peace, a special ministry of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization launched in 1988 to pioneer the delivery of humanitarian aid to Latin America and the Caribbean.

La hija de Lucius Walker, Gail Walker, integrante de la 22 Caravana de la Amistad Estados Unidos-Cuba (Pastores por la Paz), durante el acto de entrega de las cenizas del Reverendo Lucius Walker al Centro Dr. Martin Luther King, en el Memorial "José Martí", en La Habana, Cuba, el 30 de julio de 2011. AIN FOTO/ Omara GARCIA MEDEROS

IFCO director Gail Walker (pictured above) will be our featured speaker. Birmingham Jazz guru Bart Grooms will play Cuban Jazz. Guests are invited to join our potluck supper and to contribute Latin or Carribean food if possible. We will also serve mojitos.

Sponsored by Beloved Community Church and the Birmingham Peace Project.