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Donations toward our 2017 #GivingTuesday campaign will go toward providing scholarships to bring Indigenous representatives from across the Americas to our 2018 Summer Conference in Keuka Park, NY. Each week will tell a different story of an Indigenous community BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz is connected with. Ten percent of all proceeds raised will also go toward disaster relief efforts in Mexico and Puerto Rico. Click here to donate toward this campaign. Our goal is to raise at least $5,000.
If you’re familiar with the work of BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz, you’ve probably heard us talk about our friends and partners at the Mayan Intercultural Seminary (SIM) in San Cristóbal de la Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. One of the many blessings from holding our 2017 Summer Conference in Mexico was the opportunity to have more representatives join us from SIM and getting to connect with them directly to hear about their work and ideas around peacemaking and Christianity from an Indigenous context.
“In the Indigenous community, if you speak about the Gospel, it doesn't make sense until it is related to their reality. This is why I do my work this way… I incorporate what the Bible says and we apply it into real life. That’s something I feel passion for. I really love that.” –Eleazar Encino Pérez
“My job is outreach for young people… I started looking at what they need individually and as part of a community. And I started preparing worship for them based on these needs. Using theological points of view, and not only focusing on the Bible but the Bible as it fits into their realities to embrace the conscience of what the Gospel means and how that applies to the needs of Indigenous communities. I focus on Indigenous cultures, nonviolence, and the injustices that they face in their daily lives. I look at the Bible and compare what is there in their environments and make reflections from there. The young people see hope when they do that.” –Aurelia Jiménez
Wouldn’t it be great to have a larger community from SIM -- and from more Indigenous communities across the Americas -- be able to also be with us in 2018 and beyond? As we move together as an organization through the work of dismantling our own legacy of colonialism, white supremacy, and oppression, it is necessary for us to provide space and resources toward empowering the voices most impacted by these toxic systems. And while we realized this before our 2017 Summer Conference, coming out of that experience has made it much more urgent.
“Speaking about peace is speaking about our truth. Sometimes it’s really hard to be able to deeply express our way of living as a community of Indigenous people but also as our experience as a Seminary… Our way of thinking as Indigenous people is that peace and hope goes along with faith. That can only become truth when we commit together.” –Dalia Juárez
This is why this Colour the Dove campaign is so important. We heard many voices express the importance of having continuous Indigenous participation in our events. Providing space to share resources, tactics, and experiences will help connect and empower Indigenous communities across the Americas. With the help of those in the BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz community, we can make this possible.
If you believe in reaching across borders and boundaries to create peace rooted in justice, please consider making a donation toward this important campaign. Click here to donate online or mail a donation to BPFNA, 300 Hawthorne Ln, Suite 205, Charlotte, NC 28204. Ten percent of all funds raised will also go to relief efforts in Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Thank you for all you do to support the work of peace rooted in justice.