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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Theme for this first part of Pentecost - through July 8:

"Breath Peace: Disrupt death; Celebrate life"

How does this work show up in our lives? What are our good and strong actions and presence for peace and for life?

This week (July 8) at Beloved Community MC -

We will have a hymn-sing, to celebrate the beginning of summer.

July 15 at Beloved

Pastor Cole Chandler will be reflecting on Faith and Art

July 22 at Beloved

Pastor Cole Chandler will be reflecting on Faith and Art

July 29 at Beloved

Taize service at noon, a service of reflections, silence, and music

August 5 at Beloved

You are warmly invited to attend the Annual Assembly at Taos this weekend (sign up now - https://www.mountainstatesmc.org/assembly/) 

Or if you are here for our gathering on Sunday, we will have a time of story-sharing - stories of summer love!

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Most recent pastor’s note

Pastor’s note 7-6-18
[Mennonite humility] “leads to an extraordinary level of cross-cultural sensitivity and also leads to a deep commitment to listening and receptivity, which have prominent and long-standing places in Mennonite Central Committee methods of peacemaking.... This method of engagement of radical humility is not just an ethical act or a strategy.... for Mennonites. It appears to be part of their being, a cultural characteristic that is at the heart of their religious experience of divine closeness and emulation.... The community prayers, songs, and sermons often revolve around this theme.” --Marc Gopin, From Eden to Armageddon p152, 153 (Viewing Mennonites from a Jewish perspective.)

So let's have a hymnsing and live wholeheartedly into that "extraordinary level of cross-cultural sensitivity."

What songs would you like to sing. Come request and/or lead hymns and songs that you love. And let us sing together our way into the great love that lives at the heart of all things.

In the Spirit of Christ,
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 (on summer break through August) - 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 (on break through August) - 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.

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Mennonite Central Committee, the relief and development arm of our Mennonite denomination, is offering a learning tour to Guatemala and Honduras this fall focusing on issues of migration:
 
Join MCC on a Learning Tour to Explore the Root Causes of Migration in Guatemala and Honduras, November 7-17. Guatemala and Honduras, are countries from which the US, and increasingly Mexico, are receiving the majority of its immigrants. Honduras and Guatemala are both within the top 10 most violent countries in the world, plagued by gang presence, political corruption, and lack of economic opportunity that permit the realities to exist that drive people from their homeland. MCC seeks to educate and expose Learning Tour participants to the realities that many people face that result in migration, internally and to foreign countries. This Learning Tour will provide firsthand stories, opportunities to meet the people as well as the organizations that are walking with them, participate in the rich culture, and witness the efforts of Guatemalans and Hondurans who are striving for positive change in their communities. Throughout the course of the tour, we hope to explore various perspectives on the topic, learn about how our decisions impact migrants, plant the seeds for ongoing connections, and learn about practical ways to support and advocate for the people and communities that we encounter. Approximate cost will be $700 (plus airfare). For more information or to sign up for this trip please contact chrislandes@mcc.org.

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Dismantle the death penalty in Colorado

Some quotes relevant to the death penalty:
“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.
― Deuteronomy 30:19

“The State is not God. It has not the right to take away what it cannot restore when it wants to.” 
― Anton Chekhov

The death penalty not only takes away the life of the person strapped to the table - it takes away a little bit of the humanity in each of us.
― Clint Smith

Also, how shall we take next steps forward? Three invitations:
1) Please send me statements about dismantling the death penalty from within your faith tradition.
2) Support public defenders by writing in the press, sending them emails, offering the umbrella of loving meditations and prayers for them
3) What ideas are among us for a concrete action we can take in August or September, something of performance art or public theater, perhaps, or maybe just a concert to dismantle state-authored death in Colorado? What comes to mind for you?


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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!