Do You want to Become Beloved Community?

The first thing is to believe that Beloved Community is indeed something that we can become…

We like to say, “the Church is just a human institution…”

It’s the excuse we give ourselves to justify the divisions in the Church…to accept the reality that while we proclaim the goal of Beloved Community, we’re content to remain “un-beloved.”

The truth is, we proclaim a reality that doesn’t exist within us – as the Church. And then we wonder why those beyond the Church don’t embrace our proclamation.

We want them to join a “Beloved Community” that is no different from any other organization in the world.

I take issue with that…

The Church is not a human institution

We just have to commit to Becoming Beloved Community…

Like that beautiful person you wanted to marry but thought was out of your league…

Eventually you had to just “go for it.” You had to believe – even in your unbelief – that catching his/her attention was indeed possible.

We’ve been conditioned to believe that “it won’t happen in our lifetime.” We’ve been conditioned to doubt the Power of the Spirit with us, in us and through us.

But if we are renewed in the Spirit of our minds, we will be able to walk in love as Christ loved us, and gave Himself for us

It is indeed that easy…

But it’s not that simple…

So, how do you engage Becoming Beloved Community more deeply? How do you strengthen your understanding and embodiment of Beloved Community?

How do you begin to renew the mind of the Church – clergy & laity – on how it approaches Beloved Community?

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You see: everything that we do in the faith is about Becoming Beloved Community. And with all of the turmoil in our Society…

With all of the manifestations of Babylon…

Certainly, we need to see Beloved Community in this world…

Certainly, the Beloved Community is the only community of true hope for this world…right?

But you know that Beloved Community doesn’t just happen…

If Babylon is real…if the system of death and degradation is real – and it is…

then the Beloved Community must also be real…right?

It cannot be an abstraction…it must be tangible. We must believe that Beloved Community can be tangible.

And so, our minds must be renewed so that we approach the Beloved Community as something real…something that can become real, with God’s help and our engagement.

That kind of renewal takes work…takes effort…takes engagement. It doesn’t just happen.

It takes intentional work to break through the various constructs – the ideologies and systems – that keep us from truly Becoming Beloved Community.

By necessity, this work must be done in community…in a sacred space of people who are committed to Becoming the Beloved Community.

Often, racial reconciliation events end with “this was great, but how do we keep the momentum going?”

Many times, clergy, seminarians, parishioners, conventions gather together for this work and leave wanting to go deeper. They are convicted & committed to creating Beloved Community, but don’t know how to continue improving their ability to build such community.

 

 

Are you committed to creating and Becoming Beloved Community?

Do you want your group to have a sacred space for ongoing engagement that will nurture and refine their thoughts, words and deeds, so that what they have done and what they have left undone are those things which cultivate Beloved Community?

Then enroll them in the Becoming Beloved Community Mastermind (BBCM)…

Proverbs 27:17 says,

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

Here’s how we do it…

  1. Quarterly Keynote Workshops: Three times per year, participants will meet in person for a deep dive workshop on one particular aspect of the Becoming Beloved Community framework. This will set the tone for the online and virtual content for the quarter, while also building deeper personal rapport and connection as a group.
  2. Monthly Live Q&A Hot Seats: Through the monthly live video call (via Zoom), participants will have the opportunity to present a specific & particular situation where they are engaging the work or concepts of Becoming Beloved Community. I will lead the group through reflection and providing feedback on the scenario. Participants will see how others are engaging Becoming Beloved Community in their sphere of influence and learn from both the case studies and feedback of others.
  3. Facilitated Connections to Empower Reconciliatory Efforts: Participants will be able to establish relationships with people throughout the Church – both lay and ordained – that will help them to expand the reach of the Beloved Community and make it “more real” within their sphere of influence. Connect with others they can help and who can help them to become better agents of Beloved Community.
  4. Moderated Group Forum: Through regular interaction via the online forum, participants will be able to present their thoughts and questions for feedback. They will be able to engage with the thoughts and questions of other mastermind members. This forum provides continual engagement on the ideas and thoughts and questions of our members, so that we can support one another at creating Beloved Community in the world around us.

Participants will be better equipped to overcome (and help others overcome) the challenges to racial healing and reconciliation in the world around you. They will become an agent of Beloved Community…

They will have a space to truly grow in their understanding of the issues that hinder Beloved Community and their ability to empathize with those of other perspectives. They will become leaders in forging irresistible communities that are loving, liberating and life-giving, so that we all may be one, as the Father, the Son and the Spirit are One.

Click the button below, so we can schedule a call to build the right experience for your group.

Let’s start Becoming Beloved Community!

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– Fr. Jabriel Ballentine

Fr. Jabriel has really helped me to grapple with the Word and its application to my relationships with others. He is especially wonderful at using the Word to challenge the status quo and all the big "isms" of the day that impact how we get along in the world.  I think the most significant gift he brings to his divine work is helping people to be their absolute best and to do God's will through challenge and support.
Rashida
Never before have I learned so much or shared such humor-filled, passionate, open, honest – sometimes heated – conversation about race, privilege, and power, particularly as they relate to our vocation and ministry as priests. Jabriel’s much-needed voice is simultaneously authentic and guarded, certain and questioning, humble and powerful, heart-breaking and challenging, comforting and offensive… and yet, such has always been the wonderfully appalling gift of prophets calling God’s people out of the wildernesses of our own sinful human making.
Rev. Chana
Hearing the tempered wisdom of Jabriel Ballentine is just the spiritual electricity I welcome to see the next week through in such challenging social media driven times. It's not just that he says the right things to force the mind to action; he uses his gifts to manifest truth; to exude a soulful prominence that prohibits evasive excuses simply to not procrastinate from striving just to be a decent human. In these racially charged times, his combination of The Word, and conscious conviction realized through a charismatic, loving and steadfastly honest nature, has helped me see a different part of myself that needs to be steady for history.
Mike
Fr. Jabriel has been my companion on my journey of faith for over (7) years - through some of the most challenging periods of my formation. Because of him I am a better person and a better priest. He is passionate, faithful, patient, and sincere. He listens closely. He is supportive, bringing his broad experiences and deep spiritual/intellectual/theological insights to bear for my benefit. He continues to offer me constancy and strength, walking with me unwavering, and helping me to better understand my choices and the path ahead as I seek to discern God's call on my life.
Rev. Cayce