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
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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 at Beloved Community MC -
Music with Jacob Sankara, Preaching with Cole Chandler on "Things that Grow", Sharing, love, Soup & Bread for all who will draw Near, Singing School hymn practice. Service starts At noon.
Next week at Beloved...
We'll carry on with our June theme with actions, prayers, songs, reflections. Pastor Vern will offer some notes on our early Pentecost season theme.
Pastor’s note 6-15-18
More on being white space or a multi-ethnic church.
So many white spaces, so little time! How do we dismantle and move beyond the purposeful/accidental whiteness all around? Pastor Cole and I have several ideas for our congregation:
1) Apply for a grant to the Mission Network to help foster our multi-cultural congregation.
2) Spend some grant money to buy translation ear-bud technology so that we can have simultaneous multi-language services.
3) Arrange for personal whisper-into-ear volunteers for translation before we have the tech, or when the tech isn't practical.
4) Sing songs in various languages.
5) Read the Bible and other texts in various languages.
6) Hire leaders of various ethnicities (C'mon Rebeca and Fernando!)
7) Have special worship or social events with other congregations of a different ethnic make-up.
8) Invite folks over for dinner. Write about it. Tell the story. Make the invisible visible.
9) Read Ta-Nehisi Coates or Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
10) Pray for the rainbow heart to live!
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! :-)
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
~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 - email@example.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.
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?
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/