Creating Beloved Community by Practicing the Way of Love

The Episcopal Church in Minnesota is seeking to Engage God’s Mission, creating Beloved Community by practicing the way of love.

God’s mission in the world is to reconcile all things to God’s self. It is to return us to one-ness with God and with one another. To engage God’s mission is to live into the invitation of baptism by joining God in that reconciling work, whether that be in our faith communities, in relationship with others, or in our neighborhoods.

Resources from ECMN Convention

At ECMN Convention in September, delegates and guests had a chance to dive deeply into learning and discussion around the Beloved Community and the practices of the Way of Love. Below, find resources that can be used for an adult forum or small group to grow in faith and understanding of these concepts, so that we can be sent out to practice the Way of Love and build Beloved Community together.

We are journeying together

As The Rev. Marcus Halley put it at ECMN Convention, the Beloved Community are the community of people whose lives have been so shaped by the hope of the Kingdom of God, that they have begun walking in that direction.

In our time, prophetic voices such as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others used the language of Beloved Community to describe the experience of God’s kingdom in our lives today: moments of reconciliation and joy that break in and rebuke our racial and social divisions.

We practice the Way of Love. Through these daily practices, we are continually reminded to turn towards God, dwell in scripture and live a life of service, we are set along the track that leads us towards engaging God’s mission by opening our eyes to God in us, in others, and in the world, and that leads us towards creating beloved community by acting on the movements, call, and promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Engaging God’s Mission

God’s mission in the world is to reconcile all things to God’s self. It is to return us to one-ness with God and with one another. To engage God’s mission is to live into the invitation of baptism by joining God in that reconciling work, whether that be in our faith communities, in relationship with others, or in our neighborhoods.A short description of your company and the services you offer.

Beloved Community

Jesus taught about the kingdom of God: the prophets’ vision of shalom, where the powerful and the powerless can imagine and enact a just world together. In our time, prophetic voices such as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others used the language of Beloved Community to describe the experience of God’s kingdom in our lives today: moments of reconciliation and joy that break in and rebuke our racial and social divisions. “Beloved Community” was new language in the 1960s for what Christianity has held for almost 2,000 years — the ever-inbreaking-but-as-yet-not-fully-realized Reign of God.

The Way of Love

The Way of Love is a rule of life — a set of practices that we can engage in on a daily basis — meant to re-orient us towards God. As we are continually reminded to turn towards God, dwell in scripture and live a life of service, we are set along the track that leads us towards engaging God’s mission by opening our eyes to God in us, in others, and in the world, and that leads us towards creating beloved community by acting on the movements, call, and promptings of the Holy Spirit.


Let’s build something together.