Beloved Community Grants

Bethany Fellows is offering seed grants to help congregations served by current or alumni Fellows (Ecumenical and Disciple) build the Beloved Community. Current or Alumni Bethany Fellows may apply for a grant of up to $1,000 toward this goal.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned the Beloved Community as a society based on justice, equal opportunity, and love of one's fellow human beings. The Beloved Community also describes a society in which all are embraced and none discriminated against.  Our hope through these grants is to encourage faith communities to be actively engaged in (and imperfectly wrestling with) the work of healing long-held trauma around race, moving toward community that is grounded in the Bethany way of prayer, vulnerability, and creativity. Former Congressman John Lewis wrote in an essay published on the day of his memorial service, “each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself.” Bethany Fellows' goal is to support congregations in taking the next step forward in building the Beloved Community: engaging the self, the faith community and the wider community in an effort that seeks to understand historical contexts and systems that contribute to racism and inequality, while “praying with our feet” in active response.


Applications must be completed in partnership by a current Bethany Fellow or Bethany Fellows Alumni and a Congregational Representative and must be received no later than October 15th.  However, applications will be reviewed as they arrive by representatives of the Bethany Fellows board and grant awards will be communicated promptly. 


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TECHNOLOGY GRANTS


Bethany Fellows is offering grants to help congregations served by Bethany Fellows (current and alumni) meet critical technology challenges. Bethany Fellows' goal is to support Fellows and their congregations in taking the next step forward in creating authentic and intentional virtual space for congregational vitality. Current or Alumni Bethany Fellows may apply for a grant of up to $1,000 toward this goal.


Applications must be completed in partnership by a current Bethany Fellow or Bethany Fellows Alumni and a Congregational

Representative and must be received no later than October 15th. However, applications will be reviewed as they arrive by representatives of the Bethany Fellows board and grant awards will be communicated promptly.


More Information and Application