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Gavel Memorial World Peace Fund Application Process - Updated

from the BPFNA board and staff


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.

Believing that Christ came not only to bring spiritual reconciliation but also to initiate a redeemed and healed social order, we take up his message of liberation and reconciliation and act on it by equipping, mobilizing, and gathering Baptists to build a culture of peace rooted in justice.

Grants will be given to support these three areas:

Equipping: We equip individuals, regional groups, and congregations with tools for spoken witness and the hands-on work of peace rooted in justice. Trainings should bring new skills to the community and build capacity for peacemaking. Priority will be given to programs with a proven track record that are time-specific.

Examples of such work would be Conflict Transformation or Anti-Racism Training.

Mobilizing: We mobilize individuals, groups, and churches, in response to pressing concerns – guided by the wisdom of those whose realities are local to the concern at hand. A responsible project is one that will build capacity for a culture of peace. Proposals under this category will be designated to assist indigenous or local people to facilitate compassionate responses to specific issues or crises.

Recent examples of mobilizing to build a culture of peace include supporting a peacemaker invited by the leaders of Christian and Muslim communities in Syria to visit them in order to help them work together in the midst of civil war, helping people attend protests against the disappearance of the 43 Mexican students from Ayotzinapa, and supporting BPFNA members’ participation in the People’s Climate March.

Gathering: We gather together regionally and internationally to mutually strengthen and support one another’s witness through community prayer, education, fellowship, and song. Gatherings are an essential part of peacemaking and of building community. Gatherings funded by the Gavel Fund need to have a clear objective to build friendships and understanding across cultures and/or to build relationships for working together on a particular issue for peace.

Examples would include Friendship Tours, Interfaith Gatherings, or the weekend version of Peace Camp held in the Rochester area.

All members and friends of BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz are encouraged to apply. The process is open to past and new applicants. Typical grants will be between $1,000 and $2,000. Applications are due on September 15 for funding the following year. As funds allow, applications under the Mobilizing category will be accepted throughout the year to encourage groups to make timely responses to urgent needs.

If you are interested in applying, contact LeDayne McLeese Polaski at [email protected] for an application form. 

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