Church of the Redeemer in Cincinnati is experiencing the Becoming Beloved Community initiative of the Episcopal Church. As the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, we dream and work to foster Beloved Communities where all people may experience dignity and abundant life and see themselves and others as beloved children of God. The Becoming Beloved Community Vision Document and accompanying resources help us to understand and take up the long-term commitments necessary to form loving, liberating and life-giving relationships with each other. Together, we are growing as reconcilers, justice-makers, and healers in the name of Christ.
Story-Sharing from the Dicoese - Anny Stevens-Gleason
In this episode we are sharing a Becoming Beloved Community Teach-In from the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio. Led by facilitator, Amy Howton, Becoming Beloved Community Coordinator for the diocese, this Teach-In was a time of story-sharing from across the diocese, including our Rector, Philip DeVaul. Listen as a reminder that this work is larger than Church of the Redeemer, it spans across the diocese and the Episcopal Church.
Awareness, Relationship, and Commitments - Anny Stevens-Gleason
In this episode, host Anny Stevens-Gleason again sits down with Megan Hughes Johnson to discuss Church of the Redeemer's long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice through Becoming Beloved Community. Megan shares the fall programming offerings, a new Becoming Beloved Community Action Team formed as part of our Mission Ministry and what this work has meant to our worshiping community since beginning it a year and a half ago. As Megan says, "this this work of understanding race and racism in our country and understanding the role that we as Christians need to play in bringing about racial justice and racial equity is more important now than ever."
Becoming Beloved Community: The Long Journey - Anny Stevens-Gleason
Steve Carlton-Ford teaches Sociology at University of Cincinnati and is a member of the Becoming Beloved Community Steering Committee at Church of the Redeemer. In this episode, Steve joins Anny Stevens-Gleason and shares his experience of visiting South Africa last spring. Since this visit, Steve has been reflecting on the comparison of the results of the work of reconciliation done over the past 25 years post-apartheid in South Africa and the work we have accomplished since the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. in the 1960s. Steve reminds us that social change takes a long time and notes that both countries still have a long way to go.
Becoming Beloved Community: We're Here to Wrestle - Redeemer Podcast Team
In this episode, we share a sermon from our Rector, the Rev. Philip DeVaul. In his sermon, Philip shares that we are often called to not just blindly accept what God is telling us but to wrestle with God, to push back, to fight back, to fight for our lives. And that our struggle, our striving and our wrestling are not separate from our connectedness to God. They are instead intrinsic and central to that connectedness to God.
Inspired - Redeemer Podcast Team
Here at Church of the Redeemer we have been sharing our stories of inspiration. So to learn our story, Redeemer's story and live into Beloved Community. The relationships built here inspire us to live differently in the world. The life we share here inspires us to take Jesus’ love to everyone we meet. Here are a few stories from those in our community.
Becoming Beloved Community: Baggage Fatigue - Redeemer Podcast Team
Church of the Redeemer parishioner, Maggie Gough, sits down with Anny Stevens-Gleason to discuss the pain and messiness of change and growth. Through our work with Becoming Beloved Community, Redeemer hopes to provide a space for people to share. A place where we can be safe and vulnerable. A place where we can support each other in this difficult work through deep listening and openness to learning.
In their discussion of the baggage each of us carries, Maggie expressed this desire:
"I just want to say, this is my baggage, this is my experience and I am literally carrying it. And right in this moment, all I want to do is set it down. In order for me to set it down, I want to be able to tell you about it. I need you to say, ‘Oh, I see your baggage. That’s heavy baggage. That’s hard.’ And that’s it."