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.

Understanding Christianity’s Contribution to Racism in America 

The Becoming Beloved Community Ministry of Church of the Ascension invites you to attend a series of three interactive lectures about the historical influence of the Christian church on the past and present lives of Black Americans. The presenter will be Dr. James Gorman a noted lecturer and author who will present his compelling research about the laws, principles, and practices that were developed in the past and continue to negatively impact the capacity of many African Americans to thrive and succeed in America.
 
You must register to attend these presentations on April 11, 18, 25, and May 2, 2021 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am on Zoom. Dr. Gorman will help attendees to understand why Christians must examine the past in order to live more completely in the present. After the presentation, you can attend Coffee Hour, a small group informal chat session where you can talk about the presentations with other parishioners. You provide the coffee; we’ll provide the small group rooms for conversations. Dr. Gorman’s presentations are an important part of the Telling the Truth Quadrant of The Becoming Beloved Community Labyrinth.
 
James L. Gorman received the Ph.D. in Religion from Baylor University in 2015 and the M.Div. from Abilene Christian University in 2008.His areas of research and writing focus on the history of Christianity, the Stone-Campbell Movement, and race and Christianity. He authored Among the Early Evangelicals: Transatlantic Origins of the Stone-Campbell Movement (2017) and co-edited Slavery’s Long Shadow: Race and Reconciliation in American Christianity (2019). He regularly teaches on the intersection of race and Christianity in American history.

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!

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.

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