WHO WE ARE
A little more about BELOVED
BELOVED is a progressive and contemplative Christian community practicing extravagant grace, radical inclusion, and relentless compassion.
At the heart of our community is the belief that all people are Beloved children of God. We celebrate the beauty of our God-given diversity of race, ethnicity, ability, gender and sexuality. BELOVED is an Open and Affirming Church member of the Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance, affirming that people of all gender expressions and sexual orientations are welcome at the table of Christ’s communion and to full life and leadership in our community.
We are “breaking the silence” too long maintained by the church and our society on the lived experiences around mental health, suicide, addiction, sexuality, gender and race.
BELOVED was first envisioned by our founding pastor, Rev. Dale Suggs, as a ministry for those who have lost their church home because they had been bored, befuddled, beaten, burned or betrayed by the church itself. Because of this, BELOVED began as a community in which those who find themselves on the outside of the church can reenter a holy community in safety and in love. As our community has grown and developed, BELOVED has become much more. BELOVED has become a home for those who have been estranged from the church, who are searching for a new church, and who never belonged to a church in the first place. In other words, everyone! And when we say everyone, we mean you!
Well, that’s our story! We’d love to hear some of your story. Click here to get in touch and share with us. We look forward to growing in compassion with you!
We are a movement for wholeness