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Letters from Archbishop Malkhaz Songulashvili

Letters from Archbishop Malkhaz Songulashvili

July 17, 2014 | The following are letters from Archbishop Malkhaz Songulashvili, from the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia, who is in Syria visiting refugees, ministering to the people, and bringing food and medical supplies. Some funding has been provided by the BPFNA through the Gavel Fund as well as donations from individual members. Read more »

Jesus Mandate: Peace and Stewardship

Jesus Mandate: Peace and Stewardship

May 30, 2014 | Modern biblical scholarship has enabled critically thinking Christians to understand what the historical Jesus actually said and what was tacked on later to serve the interests of Rome and early church leaders, but those original messages remain politically inconvenient today. Read more »

Conflict Transformation Training in the Rift Valley, Kenya

Conflict Transformation Training in the Rift Valley, Kenya

May 12, 2014 | The following is a report from our friend Boaz Keibarak on a series of Conflict Transformation trainings held from April 8-14, 2014 in four villages in the Rift Valley in Kenya. The trainings are an ongoing effort to ease conflict and tension between two warring groups in the region: the Pokot and Turkana. In October 2013, 135 people were killed during an eruption of violence in the area. Read more »

BPFNAers join with The United Church of Christ as plaintiffs in lawsuit against North Carolina marriage laws

BPFNAers join with The United Church of Christ as plaintiffs in lawsuit against North Carolina marriage laws

May 6, 2014 | On Monday, April 28, the United Church of Christ (UCC) filed a lawsuit in North Carolina arguing that North Carolina’s marriage laws limit ministers’ choices and restrict the freedom of religion guaranteed in the First Amendment, thereby making these laws unconstitutional. While the UCC is the only denominational plaintiff, the suit includes a number of members from other faith traditions. Two of these just so happen to be friends of the BPFNA, Nancy Ellet Allison and Nancy Petty (pastor at BPFNA Partner Congregation Pullen Memorial Baptist Church). Read more »

High Ideals and Hard Teachings: The Church’s Tradition of Evading Jesus

High Ideals and Hard Teachings: The Church’s Tradition of Evading Jesus

May 1, 2014 | Gandhi read the Sermon on the Mount when he was young, and I think it influenced his development of the strategy of nonviolent direct action. It was a basis for his whole life. He said, "The Sermon on the Mount went straight to my heart," and was especially delighted in the section which begins: "But I say unto you, that you resist not evil; but whosoever smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also." He wrote, "A life based on Christian truth was precious and indispensable to me, [but] the Church offered me rules completely at variance with the truth I loved." Read more »

Conflict Transformation Training at the Baptist Convention of Malawi

Conflict Transformation Training at the Baptist Convention of Malawi

April 29, 2014 | From April 18-19, 2014, Lancelot (Lance) Muteyo, director of training and advocacy for the Pan African Peace Network, held a Conflict Transformation session at the Baptist Convention of Malawi (BACOMA). BACOMA is the largest association of Baptists in Malawi and among the most influential in Southern Africa. No one from BACOMA had previously been trained in Conflict Transformation. Read more »

A Reflection on Urban Peacemaking

A Reflection on Urban Peacemaking

April 10, 2014 | It is 4 p.m., Thursday, March 27. I am nervous, slightly apprehensive. Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church is hosting a call-in tonight. Already the police are in front of the church directing traffic, making sure the location is secure. It is always a little startling to walk up the street to the church and see all the police cars. Read more »

Peace Prayer

Peace Prayer

March 25, 2014 | A Peace Pole was unveiled at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC on March 24, dedicated to Fr. David Valtierra, former chaplain of the campus Newman Center. BPFNA Operations Coordinator Evelyn Hanneman offered the following ecumenical prayer at the dedication service. Other prayers were offered by a Catholic priest and a Native American in the Catawba language. This Peace Pole joins over 100,000 of them in 180 countries around the world. Many are at Baptist churches. Read more »

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