What is Beloved Community?

The first commandment is, “…you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’  The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

Becoming Beloved Community invites us to grow together as people who love God and love the image of God that we find in our neighbors, in ourselves, and in creation.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has lifted up the Jesus Movement and the Way of Love as a path forward for the Episcopal Church. We are challenged to “become instruments of the healing and reconciling love of Jesus, who loving, life-giving, and liberating way we follow.”

The Diocese of Southern Ohio has adopted the Becoming Beloved Community four-fold path and is seeking to live into this call over the next year and beyond.

The  Episcopal Church’s Becoming Beloved Community vision frames a path for Episcopalians to address racial injustice and grow as a community of reconcilers, justice-makers, and healers who share a passion for the dream of God. The Church sees this path in four  areas: Telling the Truth, Proclaiming the Dream, Repairing the Breach, and Practicing the Way of Love.

We invite you to join us in becoming Beloved Community and living into the dream of God.

The Rev. Jane Gerdsen is the Missioner for Fresh Expressions in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. She is the founder of Praxis Communities, a diverse network of emerging Christian communities. She works with young adults, immigrant communities and those who have been disenfranchised from the church in some way. She has a heart for those on the margins. She has served as the chair of the Episcopal Church's Advisory Group for Church Planting and Missional Initiatives. Prior to her work with Praxis Communities, she served for five years at St. Andrew's, an inner city church in Dayton, OH. She is also a wife and mother to two young children.