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Being Chameleons

Being Chameleons

April 26, 2016 | One of the excitements and joys and terrors (!) of leading trainings is that you NEVER really know what's going to happen. I walked in with a version of the standard "lesson plan" I have used for the past several years to teach about transforming conflict. I tweak it and update it, but I use the same basic tools and concepts over and over. There were about 20 of us. Of that, 18 were born outside the United States and are either here as students or as immigrants. The discussion of conflict types (the first big tool we get to) fell apart (or broke open!) almost immediately. Read more »

A New Online Master of Theological Studies in Latino/a Ministries Program from Palmer Theological Seminary

April 8, 2016 | Palmer Theological Seminary is excited to announce a new Online Master of Theological Studies in Latino/a Ministries program which will be offered in Spanish. This 36 credit hours program is a fully accredited degree that prepares women and men in pastoral ministry and/or church leadership through a series of courses in the areas of biblical studies, theology and practice of ministry in a manner that is contextualized to the needs of Latino/a communities. Read more »

Do Not Be Afraid: Changing the Narrative in the Midst of Racial Conflict

Do Not Be Afraid: Changing the Narrative in the Midst of Racial Conflict

March 30, 2016 | On Saturday, March 19 at St. John's Baptist Church in Charlotte, BPFNA held its first Conflict Transformation training specifically focused on racial justice and changing the narrative in the midst of racial conflict. Called Do Not Be Afraid, the theme for the training was inspired by a quote from civil rights champion John Lewis, “If we want to build the beloved community, we cannot be afraid.” Read more »

Maundy Thursday 2016: North Carolina and the Politics of Death

March 24, 2016 | I’m sitting in the Des Moines airport. Having finished two days of workshops at Graceland University, I am headed home to Charlotte, my beloved home of twenty-plus years. I call my husband to let him know the flight is on time, that I think I’ll be able to make the Maundy Thursday communion service at church tonight. With a heavy sigh he says, “It was a bad day in North Carolina yesterday.” I ignore him. Read more »

El Jesus Crucificado

El Jesus Crucificado

March 24, 2016 | Jesús de Nazaret constituyó para sus tiempos, como también para hoy, un desafío a las hegemonías que pretenden perpetuar estructuras injustas. Su mensaje constituyó  así la causal lógica de su crucifixión. No hay en él la figura de alguien que es condenado por Dios ha inmolarse sino la del profeta elegido que es crucificado. Fue ese mensaje, que en su contenido y en su fundamento amenazó y desafió aquella estructura opresiva que representaba el “Templo”. No es sorpresa el señalar que el “Templo” era precisamente el centro de acumulación de riqueza y opulencia más importante de Israel en tiempos de Jesús. La élite religiosa corresponde hoy a los que con vehemencia impúdica defienden el neoliberalismo y sus prácticas obsesiva-compulsiva de acumular riqueza. Read more »

The Role of the Church in Times Such as These

The Role of the Church in Times Such as These

March 21, 2016 | In times such as these, what does the Church need to look like? The Church can put its head in the sand and hold onto the familiar. Or the church can position itself with open arms and hearts, with daring and bold imaginations. The Church can brazenly, freely, fearlessly offer itself for the sake of this world which God fiercely loves. Read more »

Dates announced for the next Global Baptist Peace Conference

March 9, 2016 | Save the date for the sixth Global Baptist Peace Conference, which will be from January 29 – February 3, 2018 in Cali, Colombia. A theme is still to be determined. This international gathering will bring together Baptists from across the globe who are passionate about nonviolence, social justice, and strengthening the witness of Baptist peacemaking. Read more »

Members selected for BPFNA Working Group on Centering Black Lives

March 8, 2016 | In February 2016, BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz formed a Working Group on Centering Black Lives in Pursuit of Racial Justice. For at least one year, the group will assist BPFNA board and staff in its work to prioritize centering Black life in the organization in pursuit of liberation for all. Read more »

BPFNA Goals for 2016

March 3, 2016 | The BPFNA board and staff present to you our goals for 2016. Please pray for the success of this work as we go forward together to further fulfill our mission and better live into our four-nation identity. Read more »

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