Becoming Beloved Community
Church of the Holy Comforter | August 2, 2022
Welcome to the August edition of the Becoming Beloved Community (BBC) newsletter.
Beloved Community is “learning to live together in peace and compassion and justice, where love is the ultimate law among us all.” ― Bishop Michael Curry
What is Becoming Beloved Community at Holy Comforter?

As we reel from the effects of multiple viruses—systemic racism, COVID 19, and environmental devastation—we look to our Church and its understanding of Jesus’ call to us. At Holy Comforter, we seek to build and become a Beloved Community, respecting all people as “made in the image of God.” In alignment with the National Episcopal Church, Holy Comforter’s Becoming Beloved Community ministry is our multi-generational commitment and journey to growing a community of reconcilers, justice makers, and healers. Questions about Becoming Beloved Community? Contact us at:
BBC Calendar:

August 5: Blood Drive - 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Ministry Center

The Book and Movie Club is taking a break during August. Enjoy the summer and stay tuned for September’s offering!
Donate Blood Donate Life
Upcoming Blood Drive
Friday, August 5; Ministry Center

Appointments Available 10 a..m.–4 p.m. Register to donate blood HERE or by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App. Would you like to welcome donors? Volunteer HERE!
Future Blood Drives

  • October 14, 2022
  • December 12, 2022
  • March 30, 2023
  • June 7, 2023
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Episcopal Public Policy Network
The Episcopal
Public Policy Network
A grassroots network of Episcopalians across the country dedicated to carrying out the Baptismal Covenant call to “strive for justice and peace” through the active ministry of public policy advocacy. Facilitated by the Office of Government Relations, this network helps influence the development of legislation and policy of the U.S. federal government on critical issues. Sign up HERE.

Register HERE to join us for our weekly policy network calls too! Thursdays, 1–1:30 p.m. EDT. The Office of Government Relations holds a weekly conversation about the policies and legislation for which it is advocating and how Episcopal Church policies intersect with those issues.
The Center on Faith and Justice
The Center on Faith
and Justice
Founded at Georgetown University in 2021, the Center operates on the belief that the world needs a new kind of public policymaking to address our most pressing challenges. It seeks a reversal of politics being defined by wealth and power rather than our best spiritual values. And it believes that a society’s moral integrity is defined by the well-being of the most marginalized and vulnerable.

The Center on Faith and Justice focuses on four key programmatic areas: racism, poverty, peace, and justice – in all their religious, moral, personal, and systematic dimensions. It brings together students, scholars, practitioners, religious leaders, policymakers, and media to reshape how faith is discussed and understood in relation to our civic life.

Sign up for the CFJ newsletter HERE.
Racial Justice Healing and Reconciliation Resources
Justice and Action Resources:

A regularly updated page with resources for white people committed to long-term work for racial justice.

A resource for individuals, congregations, and communities seeking racial healing and justice (see page 8).

Assistance with contacting federal, state, and local elected leaders.

Addressing mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality. Includes the Legacy Museum and a national memorial for victims of lynching and racial terror.

Washington, DC-based office managing Episcopal advocacy and action at the federal level.

The Network connects Episcopalians and urges advocacy for federal legislative change. 

Episcopal Church policies, tips for communicating with elected officials, voter engagement and more.

Connecting and mobilizing Episcopalians to move “from the pews to the public square” around racial, economic, and climate justice.

Resource for moving our faith to the streets.

Resource for serving as “protest chaplains” and faithful companions in the struggle for justice.

A brief guide to following the Way of Love amid uncertainty, loss and pandemic.

By Craig Elliott, to assist people who identify as white and/or have white skin privilege in doing their shared work.
Criminal Justice Reform

Eight proposals for police departments to increase public safety and trust.

A documentary film by Ava DuVernay, examining the U.S. prison system, racial inequality, and mass incarceration.

A guide to fair, safe, and effective community policing.

Book by Victor M. Rios 

Provides national-level data and analyses on police behavior, with a focus on racial disparities. 

Helps people use video and technology to protect and defend human rights.

Video of The Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart 

Article by The Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart
Sacred Ground

Sacred Ground is a nine-session multi-media program, grounded in Christian faith, exploring racial injustice in the U.S. in the example of Jesus Christ and the power of scripture. To date, over 50 people have completed Sacred Ground at Holy Comforter. The program has been offered Monday nights from 7 to 8:30, between September and January. If you are interested in attending over the next program year, please contact the Rev. Ann Gillespie.