Becoming Beloved Community

This is an important opportunity to join a movement for positive change in our community. People from three churches are invited to participate in this groundbreaking program. Two Rivers UMC, The House, and Riverside UMC will be coming together for frank discussions and powerful learning. The workshops will take place from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Mondays, starting June 10. The location will rotate between the host churches. There will be refreshments at the gatherings.

The six-week dialogue workshop and training is led by Kaleidoscope Institute facilitator, Rev. Dr. James Fielder. The course is designed to help embrace and enact the vision of Becoming a Beloved Community, a lifelong spiritual journey. Change happens in the space between comfort and fear, what has been described as the Grace Margin.

The work of the Kaleidoscope Institute is based on respectful communication and building relationships where people can change and learn. This is powerful anti-racism training that includes exploring historical and contextual instances of oppression and racism in which we all participate.

Through invitational dialogue, wondering together, questioning assumptions, telling historic truth, we can begin to overcome systems and patterns and begin to plot a new course.

This is an important step toward making our community stronger. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of what it means to live toward the Kingdom of God and work together for justice and inclusion. This can be the start of something big here in the Quad Cities, and you can be a part of that vision.

To RSVP to the first session, please contact Robb McCoy at 815-514-3779 or email