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Lunch with the Law

Lunch with the Law

July 13, 2017 | For three hours every Thursday, a group calling ourselves Mujeres Unidas en Fe (Women United in Faith) gathers at a church on the other side of the mountain from my home in western North Carolina. Ten Spanish-speaking women and an equal number of us English speakers share Bible study, exchange language lessons, and enjoy a potluck lunch. At the first meeting I attended in mid-January, we crowded into the kitchen while Carmela gave us a lesson in making mole verde. Beatriz moved among us with a photo album from her daughter Gabriela’s quinceañera, the 15th birthday celebration that is both religious ceremony and party—a very big event in Mexican culture. Laughter and animated conversation were abundant. A week later, the mood was starkly different. The executive order calling for increased raids against undocumented persons had come out of the White House, and North Carolina was among the states targeted in the crackdown. A sense of terror hung in the air. Read more »

The Paradox of Prophetic Hope in a Distressing Time

The Paradox of Prophetic Hope in a Distressing Time

July 3, 2017 | Humans do not manage the Spirit of God. Our challenge, beloved, is to accept that God’s Spirit is free to work in ways we never considered and do not understand. God’s Spirit is free to move where we never imagined movement would be possible. God’s Spirit is free to call people we haven’t considered “religious” to speak and act with prophetic insight and courage. Whenever traditional people like Joshua become set in our ways, count on God’s Spirit to work through other people to do new things for love and justice. Yes, God sent young people, lesbians and gay men, bisexual, transgender, and queer people who have been considered “outside the mainstream” of religious thought and practice to do the love and justice work we see being done in the Black Lives Matter movement and to challenge congregations and larger religious bodies about the intersectionality of oppression in new ways. Yes, God is inspiring more women and girls and men and boys to throw off longstanding notions of male privilege about who should be leaders – in religious efforts and otherwise. God is doing this love and justice in these new ways because the Holy Spirit is free! Read more »

Join Us for Summer Conference 2017!

Join Us for Summer Conference 2017!

August 15, 2016 | BPFNA is excited to announce that in 2017 we will be holding our annual conference at Misión Mazahua in Toluca, Mexico. This will be our first conference held in Mexico! Watch this brief video to learn more. Watch Now »


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