Beloved Community gathers each Sunday at noon:

hymns, blues, silence, reflection, Eucharist

followed by soup & bread for all

Gathering at Mayflower UCC, 3001 S. Acoma St., Englewood, CO 80110

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Beloved Community se reúne cada domingo al mediodía:

HIMNOS, BLUES, SILENCIO, REFLEXIÓN, EUCARISTIA

SEGUIDO POR SOPA Y PAN PARA TODOS

Encuentro en Mayflower UCC, 3001 S. Acoma St., Englewood, CO 80110

(Hablamos un poco de español en nuestro servicio y vida juntos. Bienvenidos!)

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We are an intentional and inclusive faith community gathered of all peoples,

all colors, sexualities, and experiences as we walk in the love of Christ.

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Somos una comunidad de fe intencional e inclusiva, reunida de todos los pueblos,

todos los colores, sexualidades y experiencias, mientras caminamos en el amor de Cristo.

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May these gifts of joyful sharing and generosity create a community full of love and actions for Christ's peace here and in all the earth.

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This week at Beloved Community MC -

Pentecost!

May 20 - special Pentecost service with Raw Tools - see more about this amazing  work at RawTools.org

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May 27 - special Memorial Day reflection on peacemaking and our culture of honor in war - shared service with Mayflower at noon (10:00 a.m. additional contemplative service; 11:00 a.m. Soup & bread during Mayflower Encore time, followed by our shared noon service)

 

June 3 - TIME CHANGE! 8:00 a.m.

 Shared worship and picnic at Staunton State Park with Mayflower Congregational Church - 8:00 a.m. to noon

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Pastor’s note 5-18-18


Guns into garden tools! One of the most resonant and vivid Bible passages ever is the iconic declaration that “they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” (Isaiah 2:4) Mike Martin of Colorado Springs has lived into the practice of this declaration by creating the movement and organization called “Raw Tools,” the mission of which is to “beat” guns into garden tools. Our own pastor Cole has a trowel made from a family gun. This involves some real blacksmith work, as well as learning the ins and outs of the laws around shipping and keeping guns. Mike maintains a very intense-looking workshop in Colorado Springs with heavy-duty machines for drilling, cutting, torching for taking care of those guns.

The destructive ways around us may seem inevitable. Paul (or Paul’s followers) wrote: (Ephesians 6:12 KJV) “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Note that it isn’t “flesh and blood.” If we are people of Christ’s peace, we do not let ourselves be fooled into thinking that we have to get rid of people in order to effectively address the harm among us. There is something far more powerful and subtle at work, whether we think about such realities as functions of emotional systems, or “team spirit,” or the way our hearts make alliances for the sake of safety and privilege, or simply as “spiritual evil.” It’s that curious and alarming persistence, looking like addiction and obsession, that steers us into the ditch of distortion, of neglect, of the causing of and permitting of harm.

To imagine as somehow inevitable: war, killing, the making of weapons designed specifically to efficiently kill people, is to miss the cause and power of the “peace of Christ.” Such inevitabilities are not God’s intention of the goodness and beauty of creation, and have nothing to do with the eternal purposes and pathways of this divine-breathed universe which we inhabit. 

So we may give ourselves with good courage and wholeheartedness to the peace of Christ which is merely and amazingly to tap into the well-springs of the way life really is, not the foolishness of nations and “chariots and horses” (guns, bombs, fire, causing of harm). “We are people of God’s peace,” as we sing in the hymn. We are, in Christ.

Much love,
Pastor Vern

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This church has lots of young people and also under-used grandparents! But very few children. Come help grow our children and youth program - a curriculum for "peace allies" is under development. But if you need family, baby-sitters, relationship connections, that's all ready right now. Come see what you think. It is a lovely, small, trust-worthy, joyful congregation!  :-)

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Upcoming Events & Actions

~Thursday Circle - You are warmly invited to the this weekly expression of "Circle of Trust" practice, on the south side of the metro area. Email pastor Vern for more information - vkrempel@gmail.com

~Thursday Catholic Worker prayers at the home of Cole and Kaylanne Chandler. Optional meal at 6:30, followed by prayers at 7:30.

~Tuesday Circle - A circle on the north side, meeting at Casa Caribou, 3554 North Marion Street, Denver 80205, on the first Tuesday after the new moon. Email Sarah Leach for more information - stleach2@gmail.com

~Pastor Vern is bringing lunch and a Courage & Renewal-based reading to the Beloved Community Village each Thursday at 11:30. If you'd like to join in the visit and/or provide food, let him know.

~Retreat being planned in Taos. Pastor Vern and author Todd Wynward will offer a retreat on "Wild next steps" probably this coming fall, at Todd's "TILT" adobe house location in Taos. Stay tuned for dates and more details.

 

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Dismantle the death penalty in Colorado
 

The trial in which Greta Lindecrantz testified is over. The decision now rests in the hands of the judge. What one witnesses in a death-penalty trial is the slow and deliberate seeking of the death of another human being. 

This in no way minimizes that harm that one person can do to another. But as Howard Zehr writes in "Changing Lenses", the process serves neither to offer healing and hope to victims nor to properly and substantially address the lived reality of the offender.

If you would like to be on a dedicated list for notifications about action around the death penalty, let pastor Vern know - vkrempel@gmail.com

We will also coordinate work to overcome the death penalty with Coloradans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty - coadp.net

Folks stood with signs outside the courtroom, at the new death penalty trial in Colorado Springs - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - For the first time in a decade, the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office is seeking the death penalty. That announcement was made three weeks ago, ahead of his jury selection. The case is against a man charged with killing his ex-girlfriend and another man. What's expected to be a two-months-long jury selection for Glen Galloway began Thursday in El Paso County. Galloway was already convicted of trespassing and stalking his ex-girlfriend Janice Nam before she was found dead in her Colorado Springs home in May 2016.
http://www.kktv.com/content/news/Death-penalty-sought-in-El-Paso-County-413873453.html

We are working to reenergize our Mennonite denominational work in this area as well.


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New Tiny Home Village to be built!
The Colorado Village Collaborative is kicking off a funding campaign for the new village to be built near St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/CoVillageCo/

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Memories

  Greta Lindecrantz speaking

Greta Lindecrantz speaking

  Singing in front of the Arapahoe County Detention Center

Singing in front of the Arapahoe County Detention Center

  Tiny Home Village Blues celebration on Sunday, April 9   The Beloved Community Village is now open!(38th and Walnut in the north-west downtown)

Tiny Home Village Blues celebration on Sunday, April 9

The Beloved Community Village is now open!(38th and Walnut in the north-west downtown)

 Fernando Perez and Rebeca Gonzales, our dear friends and fellow travelers from Mexico City!

Fernando Perez and Rebeca Gonzales, our dear friends and fellow travelers from Mexico City!