You’re invited!

Nancy and Alan Bean will be hosting the third meeting of the Common Peace Community at our new home, 2706 Meadow Hill Lane, Arlington 76006, this Saturday at 4pm.  (Please RSVP by replying to this email).   If you have any questions or need help with directions, call me at 817-688-6765.

As usual, there will be singing, fascinating speakers, and plenty of time for sharing and plotting.

We will hear from Pierre Berastain, a Harvard Divinity School student and native of Peru who recently announced that he is a “dreamer”, an undocumented resident of the United States brought to this country as a child by his parents.

We will also be hearing from our own Julie Griffin, a member of Broadway Baptist Church who has long been active in ministries of compassion.  Julie worked as an attorney for fourteen years before becoming a school teacher, and both careers inform her passionate commitment to ministry. 

Alan Bean will give another brief introduction to the biblical and theological grounding for the Common Peace Community.

Finally, learn how members of Broadway can participate in the exciting JustFaith process with Christians from First Presbyterian Church and St Andrews Catholic Church.

Here’s the way the program is described on the JustFaith website.

JustFaith is a 30-week Scripture-based adult formation program that looks at poverty and compassion for the poor through the lens of the Christian call to compassion and justice. JustFaith empowers participants to develop a passion and thirst for justice, and prepares them for the work of social ministry.  Through prayer, experiences, books and videos, participants encounter the face of poverty in such a way that they experience transformation and are drawn to respond to the needs of our broken world.  The JustFaith program is about opening people to the Spirit of God, who is at work transforming people to transform the world. The intent is to provide a tapestry of learning opportunities that emphasize and enliven the healing work of God’s compassion found in scripture, church history and teaching, and faithful witnesses.

JustFaith is a rigorous program that asks people for their time each week.  It is a deep spiritual journey that offers an opportunity to experience conversion of hearts and minds in the context of a small faith community of 10-15 people.  During the 30 weeks, participants learn the value of dialogue, sacred listening, and one-on-one encounters with those living on the margins of our communities. JustFaith grads emerge from the program with a new level of understanding of the systemic issues of poverty, those families living in poverty, and a discerned compassionate response to the world around them. As a result, these graduates are more engaged in their church and in the communities.

If you have any questions please call me at 817-688-6765.

Alan Bean

A Common Peace Community starts when you look at the world through the eyes of the poor and ask why.