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A Few Words

A Few Words

July 2, 2019 | On Harry Potter’s first day at Hogwarts, shortly after he’s been sorted into Gryffindor, he witnesses this scene: Albus Dumbledore had gotten to his feet. He was beaming at the students, his arms open wide, as if nothing could have pleased him more than seeing them all there. “Welcome!” he said. “Welcome to a new year at Hogwarts! Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak! Thank you.” (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, p. 123) I’m tempted, especially now that you’ve spent the last several days being washed over by words, to do something similar and simply literally say “a few words” – Maybe some of my favorites – Poetry! Beauty! Story! Silence! Or some trickier ones that I need nonetheless – Nuance! Subtlety! Trauma! Rage! If the rabbis are right (and they usually are), “words make worlds.” Which leaves me wondering – Which words created the world in which we find ourselves? And which words might remake the world? Read more »

Asperger’s and ‘The Silver Lining of Things’

Asperger’s and ‘The Silver Lining of Things’

April 2, 2019 | My son has Asperger’s, which is one of the various autism spectrum disorders, and I think if your son or daughter has Autism, Asperger’s, Down Syndrome or any condition that makes him or her be different from the average ... Is a great gift from God! Read more »

God of the Poor, a prayer

March 5, 2019 | This is a prayer that I wrote originally on a trip to Nicaragua. I have since added a new section on the US, mostly my home city, Charlotte, NC. Each person or group mentioned is real – people or a person I have actually met. Let us pray. Read more »

Centering New Voices

February 12, 2019 | In a momentous board meeting in 2014, we agreed to affirm the name “Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America” as an important part of the history that grounds us while beginning to refer to ourselves as BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz. We acknowledged this as an aspirational move – reflecting not so much who we already were but who we wanted to become. The journey continues with disparate voices in different places in diverse ways all calling us to continue to move out of the Center which has been our home and into something wholly new, centering voices and perspectives previously marginalized. 2019 will be a crucial year in this journey! YOU are crucial to this journey! Read more »

Meet Our New Board Members!

January 22, 2019 | Join us in welcoming four new members to our board of directors as well as one returning member serving a second three-year term. The BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz membership overwhelmingly chose to affirm our 2018-2019 slate of candidates. Newly-elected board memebrs include Rev. Jaime Escobar (New York, NY), Verónica Garibay-Bravo (Querétaro, México), Rev. Gail Hill (Chico, CA) and Rev. Jessica Torres-Torres (Scottsdale, AZ). We also welcome back Rev. Anita Peebles (Seattle, WA) who was elected to serve a second three-year term. We also welcome Melissa Schellinger Gutierrez as our newest Youth and Young Adult (TYAYA) Representative. The TYAYA Reps are elected by the youth and young adults each year at Summer Conference. Read more »

Here are some easy ways to increase the impact of your gift

January 15, 2019 | We are deeply grateful to everyone who gives to support our work of gathering, equipping and mobilizing peacemakers throughout the world. Your generosity changes —and even saves—lives. If you’d like to increase the impact of your gifts, here are some options to consider. Read more »

Engaging Together in the Complexities of Religion, Social Conflict and Peacebuilding

Engaging Together in the Complexities of Religion, Social Conflict and Peacebuilding

January 4, 2019 | Thanks to the generous support of BPFNA, I had the honor of presenting a peacebuilding course during the 2018 Hispanic Summer Program. The title of the course was “Religion, Social Conflict and Peacebuilding.” I was interested in expanding appreciation of religious peacebuilding studies within the Latinx theological and ministerial community. [The course] highlighted topics such as theories of conflict analysis, scholarly approaches to peacebuilding and religious peacebuilding, the contribution of truth commissions and trials, religious meanings and components of reconciliation processes, the involvement of civil society and the global justice movement in peacebuilding, the characteristics of interreligious dialogue for peacebuilding, feminist critical approaches to peacebuilding, and the constructive function of religions for a spirituality of solidarity, peacemaking and reconciliation. Read more »

To everything there is a season

January 3, 2019 | After 20 years, my season at BPFNA comes to an end. BPFNA has offered me a variety of growth opportunities as well as time spent with people dedicated to working for peace rooted in justice in North America and around the world. Read more »

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