As we approach the end of Lent, our Labyrinth journey has given us truth to recognize and a dream to proclaim. Now, Becoming Beloved Community moves from discernment and reflection into concrete action.
As always, this framework highlights the local discernment of individuals and communities. As you look for Practicing the Way of Love and Repairing the Breach, consider the following concrete actions:
- Within the leadership of your individual congregation or group, set some time during your meeting to look at a particular goal or project, and ask yourself how you might approach it differently if you are being intentional around the issues of inclusion and justice. Is there a perspective missing? Can it be more inclusive? Can you identify a particular area where your congregation or group might be called into reparative justice or other concrete action?
- Connect with other organizations active in this kind of work, such as Oregon Humanities, the Rural Organizing Project, or the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice. Find ways to participate in a specific activity, presentation or project. How is the work from within your own congregation or group enriched by partnering with another group? Are there gifts and resources that your church can offer?
Blessings in the journey,
The Rev. Patricia Steagall
Diocesan Coordinator for Diverse Church