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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 »

Crossing an Invisible Border

Crossing an Invisible Border

June 29, 2015 | Shortly before his death my father told me he wished I would drop the final "e" in my name. It was too effeminate, he said. Why couldn't I tell him that I liked the ambiguity in my name, that I like the feminine in me? I couldn't, and never did. It would be still more years before I could own publicly my transgendering self, before I would come out as the cross-dresser I am, the cross-dresser I longed to be for many years.  Read more »

BPFNA Statement on US Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality

BPFNA Statement on US Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality

June 26, 2015 | The BPFNA has spoken out against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and has sought to be inclusive of all. The BPFNA rejoices that the US Supreme Court has determined that marriage equality means exactly that, and that everyone has the right to be married to the one they love. Read more »

Race in America: Will We Ever Learn

June 23, 2015 | There is a long list of re-entry shocks to deal with in coming back home after nearly a year in Cuba. Close to the top of the list is our country’s continuing struggles around race. Not having access to Internet or U.S. television, we basically missed the news cycles dealing with Ferguson, Staten Island, Cleveland, and Baltimore. We heard about the incidents, from friends’ emails and from the Granma, Cuba’s daily newspaper which never misses an opportunity to broadcast bad news from their neighbor to the north. But that’s not the same as being in the middle of it, hearing and seeing the images 24/7 as our country is prone to do. Read more »

The Language of Fear

June 22, 2015 | A few months ago while traveling to Selma, AL to participate in the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of “Bloody Sunday”, I stopped in Birmingham to tour few of the landmarks that lend their own significance to an extended movement to recognize and affirm black bodies in America as equals. One such landmark was the 16th Street Baptist Church where four little girls were killed and 22 were injured during an intentional bombing in 1963. While touring the church, I listened to conversations around me regarding the evil that would cause these individuals to target a place of worship due to hatred for a race of people. The word that spoke loudly to me was FEAR. For the last few days, as I’ve sat in horror in front of the television and read the news about another terrorist attack on a place where people gather to study the scriptures and seek direction and healing, I am again privy to the language of FEAR that continues to speak to me. Read more »

Crossing Borders of Belonging

Crossing Borders of Belonging

June 22, 2015 | My husband Stan and I crossed the border to come to Cuba July 1, 2014. We are living in Matanzas, teaching in the Evangelical Seminary and working with the Fraternity of Baptist Churches in Cuba as well as with the Kairos Center in Matanzas... We have found that we belong here in Cuba as much as we belong any place in the world. I still haven’t figured out how that can be, with our language, cultural and class differences, but it has been a pleasure to try and figure it out. At present, I chalk it up to God’s grace and peacemaking that happened while I wasn’t looking, the majority of the peacemaking work being done by my Cuban sisters and brothers. Read more »

Responses to Charleston

Responses to Charleston

June 22, 2015 | On Wednesday, June 17, 2015 a white gunman walked into a historic black church in Charleston, SC and open-fired, killing nine people, "and in the process, shattered lives and any remaining illusion that there are spaces where black lives are protected in the United States" (Rolling in Sackcloths and Ashes, Bailey). Known as "Mother Emanuel," the Emanuel AME Church's congregation was formed in 1791 by free and enslaved African Americans. It was the first AME church in the South and is the oldest AME church in the US. Read more »

Eschatology: Theology in History, Promise of Justice, and Peacemaking

Eschatology: Theology in History, Promise of Justice, and Peacemaking

June 17, 2015 | BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz Board President, Rev. Dr. Amaury Tañón-Santos, recently taught a course at the Mayan Intercultural Seminary (SIM) in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. The following is a report from Dalia Juárez Fernández, the General/Academic Coordinator of SIM, on the success of the class (in both Spanish and English).  Read more »

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