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¿Por qué estoy emocionado de trabajar en BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz?

¿Por qué estoy emocionado de trabajar en BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz?

July 28, 2015 | Mi nombre es Hortensia Azucena Picos-Lee. Soy originaria de México y crecí en Tampico, Tamaulipas, que es una ciudad situada en el noreste del país. Tengo una licenciatura en Ciencias de la Computación del Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Tamaulipas (IEST) en Tampico, y a lo largo de los años he desarrollado experiencia profesional como editora técnica en español para varias organizaciones. Lo más importante, soy una mujer cristiana, que al igual que todos/as nosotros/as, fue creada por Dios con el propósito de servir a Dios ya los demás. Esto significa que como cristiana, el servicio no es opcional para mí, sino es en el centro de mi vida cristiana, porque Jesucristo vino a servir a los demás. Read more »

Crossing Borders: Lessons from the Edges

Crossing Borders: Lessons from the Edges

July 27, 2015 | “When your mother and I moved to New Mexico, we determined we’d be different from those English outsiders," [Dad told us three siblings]. "We’d learn from native peoples here, people whose forebears were beaten for speaking their own languages and pressured by outsiders to ‘convert’ from their own religion/cultures.” So we three kids joined Mrs. White’s tiny after-school Spanish class at Montezuma School (it being impractical to find teachers of Tewa, Tiwa or Navajo). That was the first border I recall crossing.    Read more »

Crossing Internal Borders

Crossing Internal Borders

July 20, 2015 | The borders that we cross need not be another country, maybe they ought to be the borders that we impose on each other, judging them because of their race, their gender, their identity, their religion, their class. And while we might feel good about traveling to a foreign country to learn from another culture, we have even more responsibility to examine our own blinders even within our own community. Maybe the border we need to cross is the border between fear and hope, between courage and grace, between being right and being curious. Read more »

Join Us for a BPFNA Delegation to Ferguson!

July 11, 2015 | APPLICATIONS DUE BY JULY 17! A small group of 6-8 persons who commit to serve in this working group will be selected to participate in BPFNA’s delegation to Ferguson. This delegation is in response to the national call issued by Ferguson Action for participation in a week of training, education, and direct action during the anniversary of Michael Brown’s murder. Read more »

Prayer for the World

July 8, 2015 | We pray tonight to the God who stilled the storm. God, we bring before you our prayers of lament, prayers of petition, prayers of hope. The truth is, we feel like a small boat in the middle of a vast ocean, and the tempest is raging. Read more »

Cruzando fronteras a través de la transformación de conflictos

Cruzando fronteras a través de la transformación de conflictos

July 6, 2015 | ¿Qué tienen en común Ferguson, Belfast, Sarajevo y Abuja? Mientras estudiábamos las raíces del conflicto alrededor del mundo, comenzamos a ver el papel que jugaba una interacción compleja de factores: la historia, tanto mítica como real; la ilusión de una sola identidad; gobiernos, ONGs,  grupos comunitarios e individuos funcionando como pacificadores o como agitadores. Éramos estudiantes en un curso en línea de un año sobre Transformación de Conflictos, auspiciado por St. Mary’s University en San Antonio, Texas que concluía con dos semanas en el Centro Corrymeela en Irlanda de Norte. Este programa es la inspiración del Dr. Aaron Tyler, profesor y pastor bautista y el Dr. Larry Hufford, profesor y activista por la paz. Un propósito del programa es construir una red global de pacificadores. Read more »

Crossing Borders through Conflict Transformation

Crossing Borders through Conflict Transformation

July 6, 2015 | What do Ferguson, Belfast, Sarajevo, and Abuja have in common? As we studied the roots of conflict around the world, we began to see the role played by a complex interaction of many factors: history, both mythic and real; the illusion of single identity; governments, NGO’s, community groups, and individuals, functioning as either inciters or peacemakers. We were students in a year-long online Conflict Transformation program through St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas which concluded with two weeks at the Corrymeela Center in Northern Ireland. This Certificate program is the inspiration of Dr. Aaron Tyler, professor and Baptist pastor, and Dr. Larry Hufford, professor and long-time peace activist. One purpose of the program is to build a global network of peacemakers. Read more »

Gavel Memorial World Peace Fund Application Process - Updated

June 30, 2015 | At its meeting in May 2015, the board of directors of BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz approved a new application process for funding available through the Gavel Memorial World Peace Fund. The new process is designed to make it easier for partners within North America to apply and to make the decision-making process more consistent. Read more »

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