Circle of the Beloved

Minneapolis, MN

Circle of the Beloved is a brand-new program of the Episcopal Service Corps located in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.

Minnesota is a land of extremes. We have summer and harsh winters, cities and wilderness and prairie. In addition to our natural extremes, we also have some of the widest standard-of-living disparities between white people and people of color in the whole country. The legacy of systemic racism is particularly acute in housing, education, income, and access to opportunity. As followers of the way of Jesus, we are called to challenge disparities like these. Therefore we are launching Circle of the Beloved.

At Circle, we intend to live together in intentional Christian community that acknowledges and deepens kinship across many lines of difference. In community, we live out these values:

  • KINSHIP
    Instead of operating from a benefactor paradigm of “us” helping “them,” we acknowledge our innate kinship, where all sides give and receive based on our mutual gifts and needs.
  • RULE OF LIFE
    We will craft a rule of life together that encourages holy listening and prayer, simplicity, a ministry of presence, and active justice-making in our neighborhoods.
  • RECONCILIATION
    We will embark on a journey of racial, socioeconomic, and spiritual reconciliation, grounded in following the way of Jesus.