"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 leadership development program for students who are interested in learning from the experiences of Black communities and the spiritualties of African-descended peoples in and around the city of Chicago. Together they work towards Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s vision of achieving concrete peace and agapic love. The Beloved Community utilizes theologies and the cultures and histories of Black churches in the United States as a lens for the students’ service.

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 and participate in one hour of theological reflection per week. 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 in Mazzuchelli North 298, or email the Director of Ministry, John DeCostanza