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Formation

The Beloved Community is partnering with our sending parish, The Church of the Nativity (Raleigh) to offer various opportunities for formation.  Below are some helpful links to resources about the Episcopal Church, Inclusion, and Faith.  If you would like to register for any of our upcoming formation opportunities or would like more information, please contact us.

Formation Opportunities at The Beloved Community

Walk in Love (Adult Confirmation)
Zoom Book Study
Mondays from
7:00
 - 9:00PM
July 8 - August 12

Registration Open

Led by Jeremy Clos
Lay Associate for Christian Formation
Church of the Nativity

Take a journey through The Book of Common Prayer, the Christian life, and basic beliefs of our faith, guided by two Episcopal priests - Scott Gunn and Melody Wilson Shobe. Walk through the liturgical year, the sacraments of the church, habits of daily prayer, and the teachings of Anglican Christianity. See how our prayer shapes our belief and our lives and how our beliefs lead us into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

Embracing Radical Acceptance: Learning a Relational Model of Faith
2-Day Retreat:  
Saturday, July 20 & Sunday, July 21


Led by Rev. Phillip Bass

Bringing together aspects of theology and psychology participants will learn how to become more authentic and less performative in all areas of life. The retreat includes education, prayer, discussion, and reflection.

 

Radical Love: Introduction to Queer Theology
Zoom Book Study
Wednesdays from
7:00
 - 8:30PM
August 15 - September 5

Led by Rev. Phillip Bass


"Patrick Cheng's Radical Love is not only an excellent introduction to LGBT theology but an important contribution to the discipline of theology and the life of the church. It is a must read for anyone who cares about the health of the church and theology today." --James H. Cone, Charles A. Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology, Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY

Deconstructing Scripture
Zoom Discussion Series

Wednesdays from 7:00
 - 8:30PM
September 11 - October 23


Led by Jeremy Clos
Lay Associate for Christian Formation
Church of the Nativity


This series introduces fundamental principles of using source criticism int our interpretation of Holy Scripture. Delving into topics such as canon, genre, hermeneutics, and more, this series will shed new light on the Bible and how we can look beyond what it says to discern the work into which God is calling us.

 

Haven (Adults)
3-Day Retreat: September 13 - 15


Led by Rev. Phillip Bass and Jeremy Clos, Lay Associate for Christian Formation, Church of the Nativity

Haven is a spiritual retreat that aims to provide a haven to rest, rejuvenate, and connect with their faith. Just as Jesus sought solace and replenishment before embarking on demanding endeavors, Haven offers a time for reflection and replenishing of our souls before. Nestled in the picturesque woods of the Cedar Cross Retreat Center, this retreat promises a breathtaking setting that invites participants to explore the beauty of nature and rediscover the peace within.

 

Haven (Youth)
3-Day Retreat: October 18 - 20

Led by Rev. Phillip Bass and Jeremy Clos, Lay Associate for Christian Formation, Church of the Nativity

Haven is a spiritual retreat for youth that aims to provide a haven to rest, rejuvenate, and connect with their faith. Just as Jesus sought solace and replenishment before embarking on demanding endeavors, Haven offers a time for young minds to reflect and replenish their own souls. Nestled in the picturesque woods of the Cedar Cross Retreat Center, this retreat promises a breathtaking setting that invites participants to explore the beauty of nature and rediscover the peace within.

 

Love Wins
Zoom Book Study
Wednesdays from
7:00
 - 8:30PM
October 30 - November 20

Led by Rev. Phillip Bass

In Love Wins, bestselling author, international teacher, and speaker Rob Bell (Velvet Elvis, Drops Like Stars) addresses one of the most controversial issues of faith—hell and the afterlife—arguing, would a loving God send people to eternal torment forever?

Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

Zoom Book Study

Wednesdays from 7:00 - 8:30PM

January 8 - January 29, 2025

 

Led by Rev. Phillip Bass & Jeremy Clos

 

We've all seen the happiness on the face of a child while playing in the school yard. Or the blissful abandon of a golden retriever racing across a lawn. This is the joy of play. By definition, play is purposeless, all-consuming, and fun. But as Dr. Stuart Brown illustrates, play is anything but trivial. It is a biological drive as integral to our health as sleep or nutrition. We are designed by nature to flourish through play.

God After Deconstruction

Zoom Book Study

Wednesdays from 7:00 - 8:30PM

February 5 - February 26, 2025

 

Led by Rev. Phillip Bass

 

Deconstruction is hard.  Bad views of God and harmful experiences lead many of us to deconstruct. But we're right to run from the nonsense we've been taught and from those who hurt us. God After Deconstruction will not be welcomed by traditionalists. It's not a book for people who think conventional theology works. It isn't for people who just want to tweak a bit what they've been taught.

Thomas Jay Oord and Tripp Fuller offer an open and relational vision of God. This vision makes sense; it fits our experience; it's livable. The open and relational view aligns with our deep intuitions about love and freedom.

God After Deconstruction is for those deconstructing and those wanting help after deconstruction.

Beyond A Binary God

Zoom Book Study

Wednesdays from 7:00 - 8:30PM

March 12 - March 19

 

Led by Rev. Phillip Bass

 

All are made in the image and likeness of God. If this is what we believe, then trans people, like all people, reflect something of God, and not just in the ways that they share in common with others, but also in the ways that they are different. They remind us that God is beyond all of our categories, even gender. In this book, Tara Soughers explores theology from the position of a trans ally―a parent of a trans young adult as well as priest. What does it mean about God and about humans, that there is not a strict gender binary? How can we affirm and include what we have learned about the permeability of boundaries to affirm those whose path does not follow traditional cultural stereotypes, and how might the broadening help us to understand the God who is never two for Christians, but both one and three? What gifts does this broader understanding bring to the church?

Other Formation Opportunities

Learn more about the Episcopal Church:

The Episcopal Church

Episcopal Dictionary (Glossary of Terms)

Other Formation Opportunities:

TransEpiscopal

An interview with Bishop Gene Robinson - "God Called Me Out."

Forward Day by Day Podcast

Holy Hurt Podcast

The Allender Center Podcast

Queerology: A Podcast on Belief and Being 

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents:  In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched, and beautifully written narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.  (Offered May 15 - June 26, 2024)

 

The Savvy Ally:The Savvy Ally is a vital resource for teachers, mental health professionals, healthcare providers, college professors, faith leaders, family members, and friends who want to support and advocate for the LGBTQ+ people in their lives and help make the world a safer, more inclusive place. This informative, encouraging, and easy-to-understand guidebook will jump-start even the most tentative ally.  (Offered April 10 - May 1, 2024)

Previous Formation Opportunities

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