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God Forgive the USA

July 26, 2016 | Each summer, mixed in with the cook-outs, beach-going and family vacationing, patriotism - with its flags, fireworks, parades, and national hymns – moves to the fore of our national conscience. Though I love my country, I have become more and more disturbed by our lack of critical self reflection concerning how our nation interacts with other sovereign states around the world, and how it addresses the historical and current struggles of so many of my fellow citizens. Twice this summer I have felt trapped by unquestioning patriotism. The first was of my own making, the second, blindsided me. Read more »

The Refugee and Me

July 18, 2016 | For most of my life, I have been involved with people from other nations. Maybe it’s because my mother came to the U.S. from Mytilene (Lesbos), Greece, when she was three years old, and my father was the first of his family to be born in the U.S., instead of the Ukraine. I heard a lot of languages as a child, too, growing up in a neighborhood with people from Czechoslovakia (today’s Czech Republic), Germany, France, Mexico, and Italy, among others. Or maybe it was because my parents gave me the name Barbara, which is defined as “strange or foreign.” I’ve managed to travel to 60 countries, and to learn (at various levels of competence) eight languages, with assorted words and phrases in a half dozen others. Now that my opportunities for travel are dwindling as I age, I have wanted to stay involved. A couple of years ago, our local Amnesty International (AI) group opened up a new means of crossing borders for me. Read more »

Responses to the Killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

Responses to the Killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

July 13, 2016 | A collection of responses to the recent killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. If you, like us, are seeking ways to keep your heart open in the midst of the weight of the moment, we invite you to read and share these pieces. If you have something you'd like to share, please email your responses to allison@bpfna.org. Read more »

Two Cookies

June 22, 2016 | A kid gave my kid two cookies in a plastic wrapper yesterday. My kid was finally ready to go live at school as his true gender self. We were following the plan: new haircut, teachers and administrators on board. At the last minute he hung on the door of the minivan and didn't want to get out, so we said the verse together he had picked out for his transition (Joshua 1:9, “Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid, because God will be with you wherever you go”) and he got his courage up. We happened to walk into school with a BFF and dad, then climbed the steps together to the 5th grade hall, where the guidance counselor was hanging out in the classroom as planned, and the teacher gave me the signal. I hugged my kid. "Pray for me," he asked, as he always does. "As always," I said, and left. Read more »

BPFNA contrata a Ximena Ulloa Montemayor como administradora de programas para la primera Conferencia de Verano celebrad a en México

BPFNA contrata a Ximena Ulloa Montemayor como administradora de programas para la primera Conferencia de Verano celebrad a en México

June 20, 2016 | Estamos muy contentos de anunciar que hemos contratado a Ximena (Mena) Ulloa Montemayor como administradora de programas para la Conferencia de Verano 2017 en Toluca, México. Esta será la primera conferencia de BPFNA que se celebrará en México. La Conferencia de Verano 2017 será a partir del 17 al 22 de julio en la Misión Mazahua, una hacienda convertida en 1978 por Norberto y Lisa Cortés para servir como un centro de prestación de servicios y apoyo a los y las indígenas mazahuas locales. Read more »

BPFNA Hires Ximena Ulloa Montemayor as Program Manager for first Summer Conference held in Mexico

BPFNA Hires Ximena Ulloa Montemayor as Program Manager for first Summer Conference held in Mexico

June 20, 2016 | We’re excited to announce that we’ve hired Ximena (Mena) Ulloa Montemayor as Program Manager for our 2017 Summer Conference in Toluca, Mexico. This will be the first conference BPFNA has held in Mexico. The 2017 Summer Conference will be from July 17-22 at Misión Mazahua, a hacienda converted in 1978 by Norberto and Lisa Cortés to serve as a hub to provide services and support to the local indigenous Mazahua people. Read more »

Recursos litúrgicos para los 500 años de la Reforma

Recursos litúrgicos para los 500 años de la Reforma

June 17, 2016 | Del 20 al 23 de abril, en la sede de la Escola Superior de Teologia, en Sao Leopoldo (Brasil), se realizó un nuevo encuentro de la Red Crearte. En esta ocasión la convocatoria fue para crear desde América Latina y con una perspectiva ecuménica, recursos para acompañar las celebraciones en torno a los 500 años de la Reforma Protestante. Read more »

Liturgical Resources for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Liturgical Resources for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

June 17, 2016 | In April, the resource group Red Crearte held a meeting at the headquarters of the Escola Superior de Teologia (Higher School of Theology-EST) in Sao Leopoldo, Brazil. The purpose of the meeting was to create ecumenical resources from Latin America to accompany the celebrations surrounding the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Read more »

Know Before You Go!

Know Before You Go!

June 15, 2016 | We will be gathering at Cheyney University in Cheyney, PA in less than two weeks! Here are a few things to Know Before You Go! Read more »

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