How is your faith community cultivating justice, peace and abundance for all God’s people? What are you doing to empower young people to teach, preach, and lead in ways that strengthen local communities and the wellbeing of all? How do we cultivate the courage in ourselves and others to do justice, love and walk humbly with God?
@neichelleg: “Beloved Community is dismantling and disempowering violence of all forms against people, just for being who they are, and offering a glimpse of something better.” – @pastortraci #FTEforum18
Traci Blackmon & Ray Rivera
Captured by Allison Shirreffs
Below are excerpts from the 2018 Christian Leadership Forum Reflections and participant insights filmed during the gathering.
We are commanded by Jesus to build Beloved Communities. The first disciples heard Jesus say, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” 1 Do we hear and heed this commandment as disciples today? Do we follow it, not just personally, but collectively and systemically—in every human circle we inhabit as community? I hope we can agree that Jesus’ commandment isn’t intended to be optional, or just a nice, vague concept. If we seek to follow the Way of Jesus, we will take this “new commandment” seriously. It is the roadmap for changing the world.
Five minutes into the stillness, I regretted the position I’d chosen to hold. Bent into a gesture of welcome, my arm shook. Still, I held out my hand and I smiled up at my new friend. She held up her hands in mimed surprise at the chair we had pulled out before her, as those of us seated at the table attempted to say with our bodies, “You are welcome here.”
The FTE Christian Leadership Forum expanded my ecclesial imagination of Beloved Community beyond my Southern California Chicano roots. While much of my ministry in California activates Mexican and Central American communities of faith, the Forum allowed me to learn from—and build solidarity with—my Puerto Rican and Cuban sisters and brothers from the East Coast who engage in similar work. One highlight was meeting Dr. Ray Rivera, an icon in Latina/o urban ministry ...
I have attended many conference-style events. Most draw a distinct divide between speakers or facilitators and those who are attending the event. The first group is deemed as “celebrity experts.” The attendees are often viewed as passive listeners with nothing of great worth to add to the conversation. The FTE Christian Leadership Forum is different.
@Michael_Rudi4: As people of faith do we believe the institution is the only representation of the movement of God? #BelovedCommunity is beyond institution #FTEforum18