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Being the Beloved Community

We are living during a disorienting season in which God is asking us to learn anew the laments, longings, grief, and pain of our Black and brown brothers, sisters, and neighbors. As a church that seeks the flourishing of our city and world,  our task is not only to learn, but also to seek  justice and reconciliation in prayer and action. In other words, our task is to pursue love. We want to do so in ways that embody the good news of Jesus' cross and resurrection, and so we are asking God to help us be the beloved community.

Will you join us? Here are some ways we can partner together:

  • Pray and Lament. The Apostle Paul encourages us to pray in the Spirit with all kinds of prayers and requests. Would you commit to praying regularly on your own and with others for our city, state, country, and world? If you need a place to start, consider the prayer guide ("A Call to Abide  & Listen) we put together this summer in the wake of George Floyd's death. To deepen your prayers, listen and learn the songs of lament from the Psalms. Also listen to the songs of  hope and resistance from our Black and brown communities. Acquaint yourself with the old spirituals and newer works from artists like The Porter's Gate.
  • Learn and Listen. We've put together a self-study guide regarding justice and reconciliation.  This self-study guide highlights the perspectives of Black Americans and many other voices. Although these resources speak specifically to the racial and social divisions between Black and white America, they also speak broadly to dynamics affecting peace between all of us. Additionally, the majority of voices represented in this syllabus are Christian ones, including those from the denomination and theological traditions of this Grace Pasadena. These voices call us to love and they help us remember the hope we have in Jesus Christ for the breaking down of walls and comprehensive restoration to one another.
  • Gather. Starting in January 2021, Grace will host a monthly roundtable discussion over Zoom or, if possible, in-person. Each roundtable will focus on a few resources from the self-study guide, as well as offer ample time for prayer.  Interested? Contact Pastor Marc.
  • Mercy Ministry. Partner with our Mercy Ministry in loving our neighbors, city, and world in practical ways. Learn more at the Mercy page and the latest announcements. 

Let us be shaped into the Beloved Community.