New Forum Series Explores the Beloved Community

As many of you may know, in May of 2017, the national Episcopal Church invited all Episcopalians to participate in the Church’s long-term commitment to Becoming the Beloved Community.

“…Our Church did a remarkable thing: the General Convention invited us as a church to take up this Jesus Movement. We made a commitment to live into being the Jesus Movement by committing to evangelism and the work of reconciliation… across the borders and boundaries that divide the human family of God. This is difficult work. But we can do it. It’s about listening and sharing. It’s about God.” ~ Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry

In response, the Episcopal Church in Minnesota (ECMN) made the decision at last September’s Convention to set Creating the Beloved Community as the 2017/18 Mission Opportunity topic. ECMN encourages Episcopalians, in their faith community context, to learn and engage in action around this topic and St. Stephen’s is answering this call.

Beginning December 10, The Rev. Lisa Wiens Heinsohn and parishioner Nicole Bates will lead us in a new 8-part exploration of the Beloved Community as a powerful metaphor through which we follow the way of Jesus together.

Our series will be held during the Adult Forum hour on Sunday mornings at 10:15 AM in the Commons Room.

Topics 1 & 2: Foundations of The Beloved Community

December 10: What is the Beloved Community?
Learn more about the history of the Beloved Community, why it is a focus for The Episcopal Church and how it’s grounded in who God is and, who He calls us to be.

December 17: Receiving the Healing Power of God’s Love
Come hear how receiving the love of God as a gift, and allowing it to heal us, is connected to following Jesus and creating the Beloved Community.

Topics 3-8: The Beloved Community in Our Lives, Communities and the World

January 21: Creating Beloved Community Within Our Families
February 11: Creating Beloved Community Within St. Stephen’s
February 18: Creating Beloved Community at School or Work
February 25: Creating Beloved Community in the Twin Cities
April 15: Creating Beloved Community in Our Civic Life and Our Nation
April 29: Creating Beloved Community in Our World


What to learn more about The Beloved Community? Check out these resources: