Becoming Beloved Community: A Process for Racial Justice
About Becoming Beloved Community
At St. Martin’s we use the phrase Becoming Beloved Community to describe the parish’s ongoing work of inclusion, transformation, and public witness aimed at racial justice. The effort flows from the parish’s aspirational value to become a racism-free and diverse community that reflects the city where we worship.
St. Martin’s work to undo racism includes evaluating our own institutional structure regarding race, offering educational programming on racism, and committing to public witness in response to racism in our community and beyond.
Working with Intention
In 2017, the parish created a framework outlining ways it can be even more intentional on education, public witness, and self-evaluation around racial justice. The Becoming Beloved Community Team, made of parishioners, staff, and vestry members, developed the framework and continues to be a resource for implementation.
How to Get involved
Here are several ways to learn more and take action on racism:
Enter the conversation about Becoming Beloved Community at St. Martin’s by gathering with a group to explore where you find yourself in the work. Contact the Rev. Barbara Ballenger for resources.
Events and Articles
Race, Ethnicity, and New Testament - Final Sessions
To Become a Beloved Community, Be a Loving Community
Blessed Absalom, pray for us| Speaker: The Rev. Barbara Ballenger
The Rev. Barbara Ballenger preaches on texts for the Feast of Absalom Jones, on this Sunday following his feast day of February 13. Absalom Jones was the first Black priest ordained in the Episcopal Church, but in our remembering of him, we should not dis-member him. Listen in to Rev. Ballenger's sermon to understand more.
Fast to Loosen the Bonds of Injustice!| Speaker: The Rev. Anne Thatcher
Being the Church in the World| Speaker: The Rev. Carol Duncan
Sermon by The Rev. Carol Duncan on the First Sunday of Advent.
Text in image: "Today is the first Sunday of Advent it is a new beginning, a day to rededicate ourselves to fulfilling the utmost goal of our lives, living into our eternal lives until we are fully immersed in the holy. ...We must stay awake and aware that as we live our ordinary lives, we are living in God's realm, at this present moment. In ordinary life we're living in the not yet, until we enter the greater life."
Growing Into Beloved Community| Speaker: The Rev. Carol Duncan
What examples do our readings this morning hold for us on what it means to become a beloved community? How does a beloved community act? What should we watch for? And how does our Becoming Beloved Community plan address these lessons? Rev. Carol Duncan guides us through these questions and reminds us that, "Whoever is not against us is for us."
Sermon based on the lectionary readings from the 19th Sunday after Pentecost, with the Gospel text from Mark 9:38-50.
Take the Implicit Association Test which measures thoughts and feelings about race that are outside of conscious awareness and control.
The Rev. Barbara BallengerAssociate for Spiritual Formation and Care
(215) 247-7466 ext. 102 |
Barbara joined St.
Martin’s as the Associate for Spiritual Formation and Care in 2014. In June
Barbara’s family moved from State College to Philadelphia, where her husband
works at Drexel University. They’re excited to be a part of St. Martin’s
vibrant faith community. Barbara’s family includes her husband, Jess, adult
son, Jesse, and high school-aged daughter, Hannah. Non-human family members
include Tara the rat and Oakley the dog.
Barbara hales originally from northeast Ohio, where she grew up and went to school. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Kent State University and a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from Ursuline College.
Barbara’s ministry background is based largely in the Roman Catholic Church where she worked for more than 17 years in a variety of faith-based positions, including parish faith formation director, campus minister, newspaper reporter and program coordinator for Catholic Relief Services. She also worked for eight years in a performing arts ministry as a retreat leader, songwriter and storyteller.
Most recently Barbara worked for Episcopal Relief & Development as a training coordinator in US Disaster Preparedness and Response. She joined the Episcopal Church in 2010, with the long-term goal of priestly ordination.
Woven through her work in ministry is a passion for social, economic and environmental justice. Over the years, Barbara has worked on issues of peace and non-violence, cultural understanding, global and domestic poverty, sustainability and environmental stewardship.
For fun Barbara loves to read, make music, and turn broken things into mosaics. You’ll probably also see her riding her bike around West Mount Airy and Chestnut Hill. She might even stop and ask you for directions.
Barb began seminary in the fall of 2017. Read more here.
In June 2019, Barb was ordained a Deacon in the Episcopal Church, on her path to full priestly ordination later in the year. Read more about becoming a deacon here.
On Friday, December 13, 2019, Barbara was ordained to the Priesthood at St. Martin's.
The Rev. Carol DuncanDeacon
(330) 705-4795 |
The Rev. Carol Duncan attended the Shipley School and William Smith College in Geneva NY, majoring in English Lit. After school, she moved to Canton, Ohio to run the remnants of a family business.
She married her husband Bob, who was Vice President Smyth Systems, a data processing firm specializing in country club and golf tournament systems. Their daughter Christie was born in 1968, Kate in 1973.
At St. Paul’s Canton she served on the vestry and as a church school teacher. With the Diocese of Ohio she served on the Peace and Justice Commission. She received the Betty Leo award for outstanding social justice work.
In 1988 she became the Housing Development Coordinator of ICAN Housing Solutions, a non-profit that developed permanent supportive housing for the homeless living with mental illness. She served as president of the board of Coalition for Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO), a nationally respected homeless advocacy organization.
She was ordained to the Diaconate in 1996. Her first parish was Trinity Alliance. In 2000 she returned as Deacon at her home parish St Paul’s where she served until 2011. Bob died in 2009. She retired from ICAN and moved to Philadelphia in September 2011. Her daughter Christie Duncan-Tessmer is General Secretary of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.
Carol is Co-Chair of the Economic Dignity Team of Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower and Rebuild (POWER). Its primary campaign is to create Philly solutions for Philly Poverty. A main thrust is to raise the minimum wage to $15 while supporting local businesses. Carol also serves on City Council’s Living Wage Committee and on the boards of Deaconess House Foundation, Teen UpRise, and Friends of the Chestnut Hill Library.