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What you can do: Concrete ideas for action in these times

December 1, 2016 | We have been collecting some concrete ideas for action around the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, which has rocked the world and has implications that reach across the globe. The work of seeking peace rooted in justice has certainly shifted as the very old realities of racism, bigotry, and violence have become visible in a new way. We are grateful for all the ways BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz members and Partner Churches are responding. We pledge to support you in that work and to continue our mission to gather, equip, and mobilize people of faith to create a culture of peace. Read more »

Meet Rev. Gerardo Oberman & Horacio Vivares of Red Crearte

November 29, 2016 | This summer when we gather for the first time in Mexico, we imagine hundreds of conversations that will cross borders of language, faith, age, culture, setting, identity -- and hundreds of peacemakers going home renewed, refreshed, and ready for more informed and connected action. A big part of this being successful will be in our ability to bring a strong, multicultural leadership team from Latin America to our 2017 gathering. Leaders like Gerardo Oberman and Horacio Vivares who are slated to be our worship leader and music leader. Read more »

Help us to cross borders to create peace

Help us to cross borders to create peace

November 28, 2016 | This summer when we gather for the first time in Mexico, we imagine hundreds of conversations that will cross borders of language, faith, age, culture, setting, identity -- and hundreds of peacemakers going home renewed, refreshed, and ready for more informed and connected action. Your gifts will help us make the conference as transformative as possible.  Read more »

A report from Standing Rock (and actions you can take to support the work)

November 28, 2016 | During the six days I was in the Oceti Sakowin camp, I spent most of my time as a member of the Water Protectors Legal Collective, observing actions and helping with jail support. A part of my job was sitting with people and recording their experiences of police brutality. I recorded stories of police breaking ribs at peaceful sit-ins, repeatedly strip-searching young women, throwing elders in dog cages, destroying sacred ceremonial items, dragging indigenous young people from cars, and denying medical care or needed medicine after protectors were teargassed and beaten. It is clear that the military forces protecting DAPL intend to destroy this movement by any means necessary. Read more »

Standing with Standing Rock

Standing with Standing Rock

November 23, 2016 | “My good heart goes to your good heart.” These were the words of a Lakota woman at Standing Rock in early November, speaking to hundreds of clergy and people of faith who had come from all over the country to stand in solidarity with the Sioux Nation as they fight to protect their water and their sacred sites against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). I was so honored to be among those who gathered. Read more »

BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz board approves Gavel Fund projects for 2017

November 21, 2016 | The grant review committee of the BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz board of directors met in October to review applications submitted for 2017 funding from the Gavel Memorial World Peace Fund. The Gavel Fund, established by a bequest left by long-term members Victor and Eileen Gavel, goes toward supporting peacework all over the world for projects that serve to gather, equip and mobilize ordinary people for the work of peace rooted in justice.  Read more »

Christian Theology Professors Issue Statement on Trump’s Election

November 17, 2016 | As Christian academics, scholars, and teachers we abhor the President-elect’s rhetoric that has opened up public discourse and actions to discriminatory, hateful, and murderous words and actions so familiar to any student of US-American history and society. Some of our students fear for their lives, families, and convictions, and we join them in their concerns about the future of our country. Since election night, many hate attacks and crimes have already occurred all over the country. As Christian leaders, we condemn any verbal and physical attacks based on race, gender, physical abilities, politics, or religion.   Read more »

We are better together

We are better together

November 15, 2016 | We will come together as peacemakers from throughout Latin and North America with a wealth of experience in seeking justice in a vast array of contexts. We will learn from one another, challenge one another, encourage one another. We will share, rather than hide, our vulnerabilities, knowing that such sharing leads to a paradoxical strength. We will explore together how we live faithfully in the midst of empire, knowing that many among us have explicit experience in doing so with creativity and courage. We will find in our differences and in our commonalities a community that inspires and instructs.  Read more »

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