""He promised never to leave me, never to leave me alone.' In Black spiritual tradition, the promise that we will not be alone cannot be heard as an affirmation of passivity. It does not mean we can sit around and wait for God to take care of business. We are not alone when we build community together."
-Bell Hooks

The Beloved Community is a faith formation and ministerial leadership program that is designed to grow the next generation of talented leaders for the Church and world through the lens of the Black spiritual tradition. Constructed as a parallel program to University Ministry’s successful Ministry en lo Cotidiano (MLC), the Beloved Community fosters Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s vision of concrete peace and agapic love achieved through nonviolent direct action. The program will place students in churches and faith-based not-for-profits in Chicago’s Westside communities and western suburbs. Those students will serve nine hours per week at these internship sites, participate in one hour of theological reflection per week and spend an hour building community or meeting one-on-one with the program coordinator. The Beloved Community utilizes theologies and the cultures and histories of Black churches in the United States as a lens for the students’ service. Beloved Community is piloting a Summer 2018 cohort of 7 rising sophomore, junior and senior students. Students are compensated with a generous stipend, and may be eligible for internship credit with departmental approval. If you would like more information about the program, please stop by the University Ministry Center, Mazzuchelli North 298, or email the Assistant Director of Ministry, Tara Suchland. The Beloved Community is currently accepting applications, please stop by the Ministry Center to apply.