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

Earmark your offering to support Central Alabama Pride!

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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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The Heroic and Visionary Women of Passover (Reflection by Ruth Bader Ginsberg)

This reflection from the American Jewish World Service was written by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt. It reflects on a story from Exodus that is central to Passover – the story of Pharoah’s murder of every firstborn male child (Exodus 1:8-21). The role of women in this story is not often emphasized, but as this passage tells us, women stood up to defy the law.

Several Beloveds will observe passover tonight as part of the UCC Joint Maundy Thursday/Seder Service at Covenant Community UCC. We will remember that Christ also observed Passover on the night he was imprisoned.


The Heroic and Visionary Women of Passover

By Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt

Shared via the American Jewish World Service

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On Passover, Jews are commanded to tell the story of the Exodus and to see ourselves as having lived through that story, so that we may better learn how to live our lives today. The stories we tell our children shape what they believe to be possible—which is why at Passover, we must tell the stories of the women who played a crucial role in the Exodus narrative.

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Lenten Reflection from Marcia Bentley: Saved

If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. – Romans 10:9 (NRSV)

Jesus…when you come into your kingdom – Luke, 23:42 (NRSV)


There was a man. He lived a life of crime. As far as we know, he never went to church. He didn’t attend Sunday school, or tithe, or sing in the choir, or even go to the church dinners.

And yet, he’s in heaven. How do I know? Jesus said so.

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Lenten reflection by Rev. Angie Wright: Lighting the darkness

 Triumphal Entry (1969), Emmanuel Nsama, mural in the chapel at Njase School, Choma, Zambia

Last week I stood in a place
Where the threat of violence
And the promise of nonviolence
Came face to face.

I stood in a place
Where hope and futility
Clashed horns.

I stood in a place
Where fierce love
Went toe-to-toe
Against the violent abuse of power.

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