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Celebrating 20 Years of LeDayne

Celebrating 20 Years of LeDayne

April 18, 2018 | As of this year, Executive Director LeDayne McLeese Polaski has been a part of our Baptist uprising for 20 of our 36 years. We’re marking the occasion by working to strengthen the work of this organization she loves so much. Read more »

Thoughts and Prayers Are Not Enough

April 2, 2018 | If the trade is worth it to us—if our desire to individually own high-capacity assault style rifles for target practice, or questionable hunting practices, or some form of protection from an army of assailants that already got past our national defenses, or if you imagine needing to form a well-armed militia that would fight against our own military, and you think your assault style rifle will carry the day against the myriad of bigger, faster and more lethal weapons of our armed forces—if that’s more important than the people who were sitting in the pews last week, or the ones sitting in their classrooms or practicing baseball in the nation’s capital or standing at a concert or dancing in a club, then we should be honest about it. We dare not offer our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families; we should just tell them, “This is the cost of our selfishness, our hobbies, our fear. We want easy access to weapons of mass death more than we want to try to make it harder for people who snap to inflict these numbers of deaths and injuries, and your children and siblings and parents and friends are collateral damage to our selfish desires.” Read more »

Gina Haspel is the Wrong Choice for the CIA and the United States

March 28, 2018 | President Trump's shameful pick to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, once ran a black site prison where she oversaw an operation in which human beings were tortured. The New York Times recently reported she ran the CIA’s first “black site” in Thailand where one detainee, Abd al-Nashiri, was severely tortured. She is the wrong choice to lead our nation’s leading intelligence agency. If Haspel is confirmed, we can expect more of the same immoral tactics. Read more »

A discouraging update on Gilles Bikindou

A discouraging update on Gilles Bikindou

March 1, 2018 | You've most likely seen the updates and requests for action posted about Gilles Bikindou, a member of Greenwood Forest Baptist Church in Cary, NC who was detained by ICE in January. Unfortunately the news is not good.  Despite all the calls, emails, and other actions, we are very sorry to let you know that ICE rejected Gilles Bikindou's application for humanitarian parole. Gilles was deported to the Republic of Congo on Friday, February 23, 2018. Please keep Gilles close in prayer. Please pray too for members of his church Greenwood Forest Baptist in Cary, NC who have been working tirelessly on his behalf. We will update you with news as we can. Read more »

Getting in the way of fracked gas pipelines

Getting in the way of fracked gas pipelines

February 28, 2018 | The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is about to begin construction and may soon carry West Virginia fracked gas to Virginia, North Carolina, and points beyond. Like a deadly vine bearing poison fruit, the pipeline will also sprout a dozen or so new gas plants in North Carolina and thereby lock the state into decades of dependence upon methane, a soon-to-be costly, price-volatile fuel whose extraction, transport, and burning guarantee maximum damage from climate impacts. On January 26, Governor Roy Cooper’s DEQ removed the last major hurdle for Duke Energy and its partners when it issued a critical state water permit. It was like a basketball headline North Carolinians have grown accustomed to seeing: “Duke Overpowers Tar Heel Defenses”. Only this game isn’t over. Early in the morning of February 2 we started the overtime period by walking into the Governor’s office unannounced to begin a nonviolent sit in occupation. As capital police swarmed the room and readied zip ties to make arrests, I explained to the secretary that we would not be leaving. This was an escalation, the first of many unless Governor Cooper acts to undo the damage he has done through his administration’s endorsement of the pipeline. Read more »

Find out about new ways to give to BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz!

February 28, 2018 | You may have noticed some differences in our online donation forms. This is because we recently started working with an online fundraising platform called Qgiv, which will make giving easier for you and administration around fundraising more efficient for us. Find out about of several new features we’re excited to offer. Read more »

New dates announced for the next Global Baptist Peace Conference

New dates announced for the next Global Baptist Peace Conference

February 27, 2018 | Originally scheduled for 2018, the 6th Global Baptist Peace Conference has been rescheduled to 15-20 July 2019. The location remains in Cali, Colombia. The gathering will also serve as the annual Summer Conference of BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz. Focused on the theme Peace in Our Land: Toward a World Without Violence (based on Micah 4:4), plenary sessions, workshops, and trainings will provide the resources to ignite more of the regional and grassroots movements for peace that earlier Global Baptist Peace Conferences have inspired. The conference programme will also highlight the Colombian peace process as a model for ending long-term low intensity conflicts around the globe. Read more »

Interfaith Coalition Issues Statement on Parkland School Shooting and Call to Action

February 19, 2018 | On Wednesday, February 14, seventeen lives were taken from this Earth at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. We mourn this loss of life, and the transformation of a place of learning and community into a site of death and destruction. To the dead, the injured, and the hundreds of family members, friends, and communities that are grieving, we commit our prayers and our tireless action to prevent gun violence. The shooting in Parkland is the 30th mass shooting since the beginning of the year, six weeks ago. No other country in the world tolerates this level of deadly slaughter. Gun violence shames this country daily. Read more »

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