Cuba Caravan stopping at Beloved July 8th

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

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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.

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A statement on marriage equality

We rejoice as the walls that deny legal protection and societal recognition for lifelong covenants of marriage come tumbling down!

The sanctity of marriage – a lifelong covenant of spirit, heart, body, and mind made on behalf of love, family and community – cannot be defined or withheld by the majority of elected officials or the masses – or even bestowed by the courts. It belongs to God!

“Thus says the Lord, ‘I am doing a new thing, can you not behold it?'”

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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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Birmingham Institute for Social Change, coming to Beloved this June & July

BISC 2015 flier

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PrideSpeak: LGBTQ+ Spoken Word at Beloved Thursday, June 4, 2015

Earmark your offering to support Central Alabama Pride!

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15 Year Anniversary Celebration Sunday, June 7, 2015

Walking together

Each year, we celebrate our founding with music, worship, food and fellowship.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Service & celebration starting at 6 pm. Potluck supper to follow.

See you there, Beloved!

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What Can White People Do About Racism? Thursday, April 23rd, 6:30 pm

What Can White People Do About Racism

 

Presented by Black Lives Matter Also-Birmingham and Magic City Agriculture Project.

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, 6:30 pm at Beloved Community Church.

All people are welcome.

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Gospel Night at Beloved Saturday, May 2nd

Gospel Night 2015

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Resurrection Story by Rev. Angie Wright

Rebirth by Terrance Osborne

Rebirth by Terrance Osborne

   We tell the stories

   Because they are our stories.

   We tell the stories

   To find ourselves,

   To remind ourselves

   Who we are

   And whose we are.

We tell the stories

To remember where we came from

And to get where we are going.

We tell the stories

To be reminded

That there is a Love

That no hatred can extinguish,

A Light

That no darkness can put out.

 

Exodus, by Richard McBee

Exodus, by Richard McBee

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Holy Saturday Reflection from Rev. Angie: Claiming Them As Our Own

She is slowly taking her leave,
The painful withering away
Of mind and body
That is Alzheimer’s.

She lies still in her own bedroom
Given the dignity of dying in her own home
By her beloved devoted daughter Lynn.

Grace, who is full of Grace,
Has been at their side

In constant loving care
For both dying mother
And grieving daughter.

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Good Friday Reflection: The Stations of the Cross

This visual reflection from the Episcopal Church Visual Arts registry, by Kathrin Burleson, entitled “The Soul’s Journey: A Mystical Approach to the Stations of the Cross,” contemplates Christ’s journey through imprisonment, crucifixion and resurrection. Click on each image to view a prayer you might pray while contemplating each stage of the journey. 


I: Jesus Prays in the Garden of Gethsemane

He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. When he reached the place, he said to them, ‘Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.’ Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, ‘Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.’ Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength. In his anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground. — Luke 22
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