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A Meditation for Advent 2014

A Meditation for Advent 2014

December 12, 2014 | “I’m in no mood for Advent, “ I thought, glimpsing the purple banner emblazoned with the candle of hope. From Freetown to Ferguson, mothers are weeping over the bloody bodies of their children. From Ayotzinapa to New York City, fathers are crying out over the murder of their daughters and their sons. Children sob for their parents. Parents wail for their children. Widows and orphans are being created day by day by bloody day. How can we speak now of hope, peace, love, and joy? And yet... Read more »

Vincent Harding, Rest in Peace

December 11, 2014 | When I received the news that one of my dearest mentors, “Uncle” Dr. Vincent G. Harding had passed away, I had just finished some research he invited me to do for him as he was preparing to dedicate time to a memoir he’d long planned to write. Dr. Harding had asked me to collect some of the essays he wrote in the 1960s. When I heard of his aneurysm, I called his cell phone and left him a message saying that I was thinking of and praying for him, and that I looked forward to hearing what he wanted me to do with the essays I’d collected. As I write these words, I still have those essays on my desk, and I wish so badly that I could call Uncle Vincent and have his voice advise me on what I ought to do with them. Read more »

When Justice and Peace Kiss

December 8, 2014 | The incidents in Ferguson and New York have not only highlighted longstanding racial tensions, but have also laid bare the disparities facing black citizens throughout our country. While these cases raise questions about the prevalence of racial profiling and police misconduct, they also reach far beyond that, stressing ongoing issues of economic inequality, housing discrimination and unequal access to adequate education. And it rises from the deep fear and despair that clings to walls of inner-city tenements, and reeks from the tar paper shacks that still dot the Old South. Read more »

Being There for Kids in Foster Care: My Vocation as a Peacemaker

Being There for Kids in Foster Care: My Vocation as a Peacemaker

December 1, 2014 | The following story is part of the Vocation of Peacemaking series where we asked members and friends of the BPFNA to write brief essays on their peacemaking work. Each story is a wonderful reminder that there are as many ways to live a life of peace as there are people, and that we can act for peace in real and important ways wherever we find ourselves. This essay comes from Sterling Oliver who has been a Guardian ad Litem (a court-appointed, trained volunteer who advocates for abused and neglected children) for more than four years. Read more »

More Responses on Ferguson

November 26, 2014 | We're writing to share some more reflections on the Ferguson verdict. We pray these are helpful as you continue to discern your own responses. Now, as always, if you are writing something (an essay, prayer, sermon, blog post, litany, etc.) that you think would be helpful to other BPFNA members and friends, please share it with us. Read more »

New Eyes: A Call to Action

November 26, 2014 | A reflection on Ferguson from Reverend Kadia A. Edwards, a BPFNA member and member of the BPFNA Board of Directors, elected to represent the Youth and Young Adults. Read more »

Responses to Ferguson

November 25, 2014 | In the aftermath of yesterday's non-indictment in Ferguson, here are some actions you can take and some reflections you may find helpful. If you have something to share with the BPFNA network, PLEASE send it to us so we can share it. Read more »

Responses to President Obama's Speech on Immigration

November 24, 2014 | We are grateful for the many people and many churches in so many places speaking for and acting for justice. Here you'll find some of the most thoughtful responses we've seen to President Obama's speech on immigration. Keep watching for more information and resources on this topic and more. Read more »

Building a Culture of Peace: The Vocation of Peacemaking

Building a Culture of Peace: The Vocation of Peacemaking

November 24, 2014 | The following story is part of the Vocation of Peacemaking series where we asked members and friends of the BPFNA to write brief essays on their peacemaking work. Each story is a wonderful reminder that there are as many ways to live a life of peace as there are people, and that we can act for peace in real and important ways wherever we find ourselves. This essay comes from Luis G. Collazo, a retired religion and ethics professor at the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico and pastor in the Baptist Churches of Puerto Rico. Read more »

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