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.

One Book. One Prayer. One Community: March 

This summer Bishop Brian Cole has invited the diocese to read John Lewis’ book March. This is a book series that is composed of three books which are graphic (illustrated with cartoon) narrative of the life of John Lewis leading up to the march on Selma. Ascension’s Becoming Beloved Community (BBC) Ministry has created an exciting three-part series to go with the read along this summer!


Discussion Dates:
Book 1 || Sunday, June 27 from 4:30-6:30pm
Book 2 || Sunday, July 18 from 4:30-6:30pm
Book 3 || Sunday, August 15 from 4:30-6:30pm


Age groups will discuss the book together for the first part of the afternoon. Then we’ll all gather together for an intergenerational discussion. Last but not least, we will break bread together and enjoy a delicious meal!  Please fill out the registration form so we know how much food to have ready each time and how many facilitators per age group.

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: .
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 if you have questions.


If you have questions regarding 
Ascension’s Beloved Community Ministry, please reach out to either ministry chair:
Sylvia Peters ( or co-chair Pat Rutenberg (

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