The Becoming Beloved Community

The Episcopal Church of the Ascension’s Becoming Beloved Community Ministry

The Becoming Beloved Community Ministry at Ascension was formed in the summer of 2020 after the death of George Floyd. The ministry is chaired by Sylvia Peters (who also sits on the diocesan task force) and co-chaired by Pat Rutenberg. For a full list of task force members, please see below. This task force has become a vital ministry at our parish that seeks to work together to share education, build awareness, engage in honest conversations, and go about the work of the prophet Micah: do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.

The Diocese of East Tennessee Becoming Beloved Community Ministry

Bishop Brian Cole started a Becoming Beloved Community ministry for our diocese with a diocesan task force dedicated to discussing, researching, educating, and doing ministry with the people of this area around racial reconciliation and healing.

To Learn about the Diocesan Ministry, Please visit The Diocese of East Tennessee Website.

The Episcopal Church’s Becoming Beloved Community Ministry

The Episcopal Church is invested in a national movement regarding Becoming Beloved Community: As the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, we dream and work to foster Beloved Communities where all people may experience dignity and abundant life and see themselves and others as beloved children of God. The Becoming Beloved Community Vision Document and accompanying resources help us to understand and take up the long-term commitments necessary to form loving, liberating and life-giving relationships with each other. Together, we are growing as reconcilers, justice-makers, and healers in the name of Christ.

To Read More, Please Visit The Episocpal Church website.

Telling the Truth Christian Formation Series 

The Beloved Community is The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice. As the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, we dream and work to foster Beloved Communities where all people may experience dignity and abundant life and see themselves and others as beloved children of God. Together, we are working to grow as reconcilers, justice-makers, and healers in the name of Christ.

The process in which we become a Beloved Community is much like walking a labyrinth. You enter into the labyrinth seeking the center, but as you walk the labyrinth’s path you sometimes appear close to the center while still having a long way to go, and sometimes you feel like you are so far away from the center when it’s just a few steps around the corner. It’s about making the journey towards becoming a Beloved Community of reconcilers, justice-makers, and healers as The Episcopal Church has been charged to be by Presiding Bishop Curry. There are four parts to Becoming a Beloved Community (represented in the four quadrants of the labyrinth): Telling the Truth, Proclaiming the Dream, Practicing the Way of Love, and Repairing the Breach.

Our Becoming Beloved Community Ministry is planning an Adult Formation series Telling the Truth about Racial Inequity which will run for 4 Sundays February 28-March 21 at 9:00 am by Zoom. Each Sunday will have guest speakers. For those who would like to discuss in small groups after the presentations, breakout rooms will be available each week from 10-10:25.

February 28: Health Disparities
March 7: Traces of the Trade
March 14: Education Disparities
March 21: Labor Market Inequalities

 
 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the class.

Please make sure to download whatever you need to access Zoom. All are welcome! Invite friends and family, the more the merrier!

The Episcopal Church of the Ascension and the Episcopal Church in East Tennessee are partnering in an Absalom Jones weekend on Saturday and Sunday, March 6 & 7. Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, directed by Katrina Browne, Jude Ray, and Alla Kovgan and featuring speakers Dain Perry and Constance Perry, will be screened at 8:45 am Eastern on Saturday, March 6. Dain Perry will be the featured preacher on Sunday, March 7, at Church of the Ascension’s 10:30 am service on our Facebook page. That evening, at 5:00 pm, the Episcopal Church in East Tennessee will host an Absalom Jones panel discussion.

 
 
Saturday, March 6th: 8:45am 
Viewing of the Film Traces of the Trade
Learn more about the film.
Sunday, March 7th: 9am 
Part of the Telling the Truth about Racial Inequities Series
Constance & Dain Perry will be the guest speakers this Sunday. 
Learn more about our Guest Speakers
 Sunday, March 7th: 10:30am 
Livestream Service w/ Dain Perry Preaching 
Sunday, March 7th: 5pm 
Panel Discussion Celebrating Absalom Jones
You can find more information about the Absalom Jones Celebration Weekend on the Diocesan website here.

Supporting This Ministry With Prayer

 
All parishioners are invited to support this ministry by participating in prayer opportunities. One is to do intercessory prayer for this work, our community and the world by praying alone but as part of a prayer team. If you think God may be calling you to this prayer ministry, contact Allie Brown at 865-679-7473 or email: ajbrown@utk.edu .
 
The other opportunity is to walk the labyrinth on Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm with Emily Vreeland. These walks will include opening and closing prayers, a walking meditation related to the work of the committee, and a time for sharing. In inclement weather, these walks/talks will be canceled or might be held in Parish Hall where masks and social distancing will be required. Contact Emily Vreeland at emilyvree@aol.com if you have questions.
 
 
 
The other opportunity is to walk the labyrinth on Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm with Emily Vreeland. These walks will include opening and closing prayers, a walking meditation related to the work of the committee, and a time for sharing. In inclement weather, these walks/talks will be canceled or might be held in Parish Hall where masks and social distancing will be required. Contact Emily Vreeland at emilyvree@aol.com if you have questions.
Becoming Beloved Community in Lent
Thursdays from 7-8:00 pm on Zoom
February 25 – March 25, 2021

The Becoming Beloved Community task force of the Episcopal Church in East Tennessee invites you into a journey to commit in new ways to growing loving, liberating, life-giving relationships across the human family of God. Becoming Beloved Community in Lent is a weekly, diocesan wide study. Using a curriculum from the Diocese of Los Angeles. Facilitated by our very own Sylvia Peters, the Rev. Leyla King, and the Rev. Claire Brown, we will reflect on theology, scripture, and our own experiences in this weekly digital group offering on racial justice and healing.

Please register in advance using the link below. Feel free to email Caroline if you have any questions about the class: caroline@knoxvilleascension.org.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the class.

Please make sure to download whatever you need to access Zoom. All are welcome! Invite friends and family, the more the merrier!

Questions?

If you have questions regarding 
Ascension’s Beloved Community Ministry, please reach out to either ministry chair:
Sylvia Peters (wholevillagefnd@aol.com) or co-chair Pat Rutenberg (pbrutenberg@gmail.com)

Beloved Community Task Force Members

Chair: Sylvia Peters
Co-Chair: Pat Rutenberg
Allie Brown
Dr. Kerri Everson
Tom Hale
Gary Knutson
Ann O’Connor
Venice Peek
Jim Phillips
Emily Rowcliffe
Marilyn Roddy
Emily Vreeland
Marianne Wanamaker
Donna Wertz
 
 
Chaplain: The Rev. Caroline Vogel