As a member of an ECMN Elected Body (ECMN Council, Standing Committee, Trustees and Commission on Ministry), you provide leadership and help steward the vision of ECMN’s faith communities. As you work to ensure all faith communities are thriving, sustainable and engaging in God’s Mission, do so through the framework of the Beloved Community.
This year the Episcopal Church in Minnesota will continue with the mission opportunity of Engaging God’s Mission of the Beloved Community, looking at it through a new lens: responding to the spirit’s invitation.
Beloved Community has been talked about in many ways by many people. Sometimes we’re tempted to think of the Beloved Community as Utopia – beautiful to imagine, impossible to create. But God calls us to Beloved Community when God calls us to bring the Kingdom of God here on earth. To bring justice, to reconcile relationship, to speak truth, to walk humbly, to care for creation. God calls us to this work – to discern the gifts that we have been given, and put those gifts to work in building the Beloved Community, the Kingdom of God on earth.
These resources for small group learning will help you in any small group context, but can definitely be used in your elected body to learn and grow together in understanding the Beloved Community and how using this as a frame can increase the effectiveness of the work.
School for Formation
The School for Formation is a great way to experience Beloved Community, as well as engage in learning. Click here to see courses workshops that can help you deepen your learning.
You can also access some pretty incredible short courses offered in partnership with ChurchNext. You can use these courses for personal development, but they’re also great for group learning like during Adult Formation!