Becoming an Inclusive Beloved Community
The Beloved Community Commission of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church puts into action our Baptismal Covenant “to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves, and to strive for justice and peace among all people, respecting the dignity of every human being.” To this end, we oppose racism and bigotry in all forms. Through education and self-reflection, we work to raise awareness of the sin of racism. We ally ourselves with others in the wider community to combat racism, and to honor and grow a rich and varied diversity within our parish.
The Commission prioritizes these goals to honor our Church’s commitment to follow the Way of Love:
- Create opportunities for education, dialogue and fellowship to honor the sanctity of all persons
- Confront these realities in ourselves, commit ourselves to the inner work of transformation, and offer opportunities for others to do the same
- Extend ourselves to actively confront racism in our immediate and larger communities
- Participate in the national initiative for the liberation of our Church from any present complicity with oppressive systems
- Work toward building a more just and equitable community both within and outside the Church
News and Events
Beloved Community Film Series
In May, the Beloved Community Commission will present a series of three movies that depict different eras in the ongoing struggle for equality in America. Each of these films is a theatrical movie that deals with a serious theme:
May 1 – “Harriet” tells the story of Harriet Tubman, an enslaved woman who escaped from captivity and then risked her own freedom to work as a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad, leading other enslaved people to freedom.
May 15 – “Selma” tells the story of Dr. Martin Luther King’s campaign for voting rights in Alabama, which culminated in the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery. That same year, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the historic Voting Rights Act.
May 22 – “Just Mercy” is a film adaptation of attorney Bryan Stevenson’s memoir about working on behalf of Death Row inmates during the 1980s. It chronicles the story of Walter McMillian, who was convicted and sentenced to die for a murder he did not commit.
The movies will be screened at 3 p.m. in the Roe Library. A facilitated discussion will follow the presentation. While these are theatrical movies, not documentaries, they each deal with important and difficult themes, and all are rated PG-13.
Beloved Community Speaker Series
The Holy Trinity Episcopal Church’s Beloved Community held a series of speaker presentations, “The Awakening of the Church” during the Sunday School hour January—March 2022. The series was about anti-racism—love your neighbor as yourself.
During the series, the Beloved Community featured speakers who addressed Community Life; Justice, Law & Order; the Arts; and, Education. Please view below:
January 16- View Linda Brown, published author, retired professor of African American Literature
January 30- View Yvonne Johnson former Greensboro Mayor
February 6- View Beth Mulberry medical director at Mustard Seed Health Clinic
February 13- View Frank Dew former chaplain at Greensboro Urban Ministry
February 27- View Teresa Vincent Chief District Court Judge—Guilford County
March 6- View Joyce Johnson director of the Jubilee Institute
March 13 Panel Roundtable Discussion
Why form a Beloved Community Commission?
The Christian mandate is the directive we received from Jesus to “love one another.” In our Baptismal Covenant we promise “to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves” and “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.” To this end, we strive to re-examine our relationship to the body politic, remembering that our Christian responsibility to the creation of a just and fair society is work we are called to do by our Lord. Public policy, the economy, the environment, and equal access to participation in this endangered democracy cannot be compartmentalized away from the authentic Christian message.
Where do we begin?
We start by being clear about our own beliefs. What is our tradition truly saying to us? We must move toward knowing and speaking the truth to each other about what we say we believe and how our beloved church has been so often in violation of that.
What will the Commission do?
As Christians, we are called to speak and live in a way that refutes the culture of materialism, untruth, self-centeredness, greed, White supremacy, and domination. We must ask ourselves how we can live out change and help create change that contradicts the old mindset. We start with reading, awareness, reflection, open dialogue, and action.
Who leads the Beloved Community Commission?
Current Co-Chairs are May Toms and David Magellan Horth
Group Leaders: Dr Linda Brown (Awareness and Education); Kim Bunce and Bruce Bunce (Community Alliance Committee)
If you are interested in becoming a member of this commission, please contact any of the chairs or email the parish administrator at .