Welcome! We are the Love Committee, and all are invited to learn and worship with us in a safe and supportive environment of caring and faith!
Keep reading to find out how to live God’s word through understanding and getting involved. Questions? Contact us at LoveCommittee@godamong.us.
“Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break, and all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you." - L.R. Knost
OUR MISSION AND VISION STATEMENTS
Because we are committed to living our Christian faith by confronting injustice and standing in solidarity with oppressed peoples, the mission of the Love Committee is to provide members with tools, resources and opportunities for conversation to better understand and eradicate inequality and discrimination in ourselves and our community. Love and compassion are our guiding principles.
Our vision for our church is that it is a fully inclusive community that welcomes all with unconditional love, affirming and celebrating the diversity of God’s kingdom. We are motivated by compassion to make our church a safe space for everyone to grow and learn to love intentionally.
How can we make it obvious that we welcome everyone?
The Love Committee and the ILC Council are pursuing the answer to this question. At a recent Conversations with Council event, there were some good ideas to start with. To make it more manageable, we will begin by focusing on how to make it more obvious that we welcome those who have disabilities.
Who might these people be? WIth some people it's obvious, such as needing a wheelchair or a walker. With others it's less obvious, such as having hearing or vision loss, or someone who has had a stroke or has a learning disability.
To that end, we invite those who themselves have disabilities, or who have a loved one with a disability, to join in a discussion about your experiences at ILC. We want to know what barriers you may be experiencing that we aren't aware of. We want to know what can be done to make your experience at ILC feel more inclusive. We're interested in what education we may need to better understand your experience. We also want to know what ILC is doing well so we can do more of it! Email us and let us know you want to be part of the conversation.
Become a Volunteer Reader for the Freedom to Choose Project!
Matthew 25:36 - "... I was in prison and you visited me."
We have a great new way to show God's love to our incarcerated siblings! Watch this video to find out how.
Athan, from CA. State Prison in LA County had this to say about his experience with the Self-Directed Learning Program...
"I have never taken a Self-Help Course that includes feedback and starts with teaching about choices and thinking. ... Thank you for taking the time out of your lives to send positive, Soul searching feedback that helps me to see my weaknesses and barriers in my life. You all are Blessings and Gifts from God!"
Please join Eric Rodriguez (Freedom to Choose Development Associate) and ILC member Nancy Datte for an info session to learn about becoming a volunteer reader. The info session will be September 3, 2022 at 9:30 AM in Parish Hall and on Zoom. Click here to sign up. Learn more about Freedom to Choose Project here.
Clean Energy For All Fair
The Environmental Stewardship Team of St. Bart's has invited ILC to join them in organizing their 2nd annual Clean Energy For All Fair. They are looking for anyone who would like to join the planning work group for the creation of this event. Click here for more details on what is being planned and how you might get involved. Contact Parth Domke to let her know you're interested or if you have questions.
Housing segregation and race
We held a discussion on this topic based on Richard Rothstein's videos and his book The Color of Law. We learned how deliberate, racially-motivated policies through the years have led to a continuation of the segregation we still live with today. We also discussed possible solutions. Watch the following YouTube videos to learn more.
In partnership with St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, we participated in Sacred Ground at from September 2021-February 2022. Sacred Ground is a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. Small groups walkedthrough chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity.
The 10-part series focused on a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories.
Sacred Ground is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in their personal lives, their ministries, and our society. This series was open to all and was especially designed to help participants peel away the layers of misunderstandings and misinformation that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day – all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love.
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Hope for the Holidays campaign
Thank you for your generous support for 2021 Hope for the HolidaysTM. The Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Hope for the Holidays campaign. Each year, communities from across the United States write holiday cards and raise money to buy gifts for asylum-seeking families. There were many challenges to overcome this year, but despite these obstacles, LIRS remained committed to serving as many individuals and families as possible. With the support of YOU, our amazing donors, congregations, and communities, LIRS was able to bring a message of hope to thousands of immigrants across the country. Together, we sent 19,900 messages of hope to those seeking protection in the United States. More than 1,750 gifts were delivered to the children in our care. And with your generous donations, we raised nearly $30,000 to help provide for our asylum-seeking friends. In addition to your incredible support, we want to share a special “thank you” to our three partner hubs who helped make sure that every card got where it needed to go:
Ascension Lutheran Church - Thousand Oaks, CA First English Lutheran Church - Baltimore, MD St. John’s Lutheran Church - Bloomington, IL
Thank you again for your generosity this holiday season. We look forward to partnering with you again soon. Peace, Whitney Palmer-Lopez Program Manager for Outreach
Living Room Conversations
We’ve been through a lot of change during the pandemic. And there is more to come. It’s not likely that things are going to go back to the way they used to be, in terms of how we “do church.” How are you feeling about that possibility? We on the Love Committee are excited about what’s ahead as we grow and evolve! And we recognize that growing and evolving can be painful. Some of you probably have concerns about what this change might be and how you will be affected.
During the ILC Love Committee and the St. Bart’s Peace and Justice Ministry Communicating with Care conversation on January 19th, we shared our thoughts and answers to the following questions about engaging in difficult conversations:
What concerns, if any, do you have about engaging in–what are typically considered to be–difficult conversations (i.e. race, politics, religion, sexuality/gender identity, etc.)?
• In your experience, what words or actions have you or others used that:
o made you feel heard and/or bridged a divide?
o made you feel dismissed and/or shut down communication?
• How much grace (or courteous goodwill) are you willing to extend in communicating with others? What gets in your way when you aren’t as gracious or courteous as you’d like to be?
The conversation culminated with us developing a list of strategies for us to use when we face a difficult conversation. You can download a copy of them here. We hope you will take advantage of the fruits of our conversation! And please let us know if you’ve found them helpful.