""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. The Beloved Community fosters Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s vision of concrete peace and agapic love achieved through nonviolent direct action. 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, Mazzuchelli North 298, or email the Assistant Director of Ministry, Tara Segal. The Beloved Community is currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year; please stop by the Ministry Center or email Tara Segal to apply.