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Why are we going to Mexico?

Why are we going to Mexico?

May 5, 2017 | Just in case you have not heard, this year’s Summer Conference (a.k.a. Peace Camp) of 2017 will be in Mexico! This is the first time in the history of BPFNA that we will gather in Mexico. With what’s going on in our world today, venturing to Mexico to continue our conversations on peace and justice is essential. This is a powerful moment for the work we do as a people rooted in justice. Even though you might be asking “why Mexico?” I encourage you to turn that around and ask “why have we waited so long?” Read more »

Mexico Welcomes a Group of Syrian Students to Complete Their Studies: Two young Syrians of 24 and 28 years old have fled from the hell of war to finish college

May 4, 2017 | June 20, 2016. Thamer Abou Mansour, 28, did not want to be the kind of refugees arriving in Europe. When everything exploded in Syria, he studied economics at Damascus and quickly realized it would never be a peaceful revolution. He fled his country in late 2012, as many young people, for fear of being conscripted and forced to kill. This week has come to Mexico, along with Hazem Sharif, 24, hopes to resume the life that was buried four years ago by the hell of war. Read more »

Central American Refugees in Mexico, Another Drama Invisibilized

May 4, 2017 | Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has noted, through its project serving the Transmigrant population in Mexico, that high levels of criminal and armed violence that are lived in different countries of the Northern Triangle of Central America push each year tens of thousands of people to leave their country to find a less insecure place where their lives and liberty are not threatened. Read more »

Mexico and its Refugees

May 4, 2017 | June 20 is International Refugee Day. Globally, the contemporary situation shows an acute crisis. Millions of people now have had to flee and cross the borders of their country of residence by a founded fear of persecution, that could jeopardize their life, freedom or integrity, following wars or massive violations of human rights, widespread violence, or similar situations. Read more »

Creating Intentional Communities Where Bold Conversations Thrive

May 3, 2017 | In the story of the inauguration of the First Church of Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost, we see people who did not hesitate to have Bold Conversations about their religious experience with the internationals who were gathered in Jerusalem. When thinking of Jerusalem in the first century, we should think of major cities such as Boston, San Juan, Atlanta, Toronto, New York, Chicago, or Mexico City; since Jerusalem contained the attributes related to internationalism, migration, commerce, pluralism, and so on that we find in modern cities. When speaking of multiculturalism in the church, it is always worth pointing out that on day one of the Christian Church’s investiture, it became a multicultural fellowship.  Read more »

MOSAIC Brings Hope

MOSAIC Brings Hope

April 26, 2017 | My involvement with MOSAIC keeps me hopeful. MOSAIC (Mobilizing Our Students for Action to build Interfaith Community), is a multi-faith teen education, service and leadership development project. The focus is on learning about other faiths, serving the community and enhancing student leadership skills. This is the fourth year and we are working with 62 new students from 12 different traditions as well as alumnae and 12 “ambassadors” (alumnae in leadership development). Although our faiths are different, we find common ground in our values of love, kindness, understanding, acceptance, and charity.  Read more »

Miracle

March 17, 2017 | A year ago, our church received a refugee family from Homs, Syria. We‘ve housed and supported them, and for a year, been their American family. They are Sunni Muslim, we, Presbyterian Christian. After a bomb explosion destroyed their home and wounded their Dad, their city already in ruins, they walked through war to Jordan and joined the refugee masses. Applying for US refugee status, they underwent an intensive three year investigation, a “vetting.” And then, as by miracle, they came to us. Our year as family has been redemptive for us, transformative. Among other things, as gift from these Muslims, we’ve discovered authentic Christian church. Read more »

I am a Baptist pastor

March 17, 2017 | I want to tell you about Baptists, how in the 1700s early Baptists helped shape the U.S. constitution by promoting freedom of religion. Religious liberty is in our Baptist DNA. I want to tell you about religious liberty, how it grants all of us freedom to practice our religion in peace and freedom from religious coercion. I want to tell you about my religion, how all the law and prophets can be summed up like this: Love your neighbor as yourself. Read more »

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