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An Update from the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico

December 11, 2017 | With Hurricane Maria on September 20, we entered a different level of emergency as whole communities, communications, water, electrical network, as well as transportation avenues were completely wiped out in the whole island. Without electricity and water, with blocked streets, fallen bridges, etc., and telecommunications down (only 240 towers were standing from 1,600), 3.4 millions of people were left without communication and rapid response from governmental agencies was greatly hindered. The Seminary was a site of utmost destruction with fallen tress blocking all entrances and debris all over. The campus, chapel, and student housing suffered the most damage. The water affected offices and classrooms but we were most concerned over humidity in the library endangering books and treasured archives. For now, all the classes are being given on Saturdays at the Interamerican Metro University facilities while we work out cleaning up and repairing our campus. Read more »

Cleaning Up the Chaos

November 30, 2017 | I was born after Zimbabwe’s Independence in 1980 after a violent liberation struggle. I did not see the army in action in recent weeks. I just woke up seeing army tankers in town. Most international media organisations concluded that it was a coup against President Mugabe. We received more news of celebrations from the West than from Zimbabwe or any other African country . I sensed Western  imperialism. It was strange! Even Italian media houses that normally don’t speak about Zimbabwe had “Zimbabwean coup” as a headline. Read more »

"I think the advantage of BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz is that it could facilitate the making of connections

November 16, 2017 | “The sharing of resources and the sharing of connections between Indigenous communities is huge. I think the advantage of this [BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz] network is that it could also facilitate the making of connections… A cross-pollination of Indigenous communities directly would be really exciting. And I think it would benefit us all. Some people think we’re separate in our work, but actually when we do this work well it bleeds out into all these other aspects of our lives and theology and our frameworks.” Read more »

"It would be very important to have space to come together and talk about things of importance to us."

November 13, 2017 | 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. 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 our #GivingTuesday campaign. Read more »

Living in a nation of historic, continuing racialized trauma

Living in a nation of historic, continuing racialized trauma

November 7, 2017 | I believe that we are trapped in a system of unresolved trauma. As a person passionate about the possibilities of peacemaking, I have been studying trauma and its ongoing impact for years, convinced that most of the personal and communal conflicts we experience stem from experiences of trauma that are unacknowledged and unaddressed. The impact of trauma has received sustained scholarly and pastoral attention that reveals that unresolved trauma leads to an endless cycle of violence — of acting in against ourselves and/or acting out against each other. Practitioners often portray this as a figure eight, with people and societies moving ceaselessly through cycles of harm. Read more »

Resources on Gun Violence

November 7, 2017 | We offer these resources from people and groups who are responding to the horrific mass shootings and advocating for gun control. We know there are many resources out there, so we've sifted through to offer you what we think are some of the best resources and responses we've seen to help you or your congregation take action against gun violence.  Read more »

Speaking about peace is speaking about our truth

Speaking about peace is speaking about our truth

November 1, 2017 | 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. 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 our #GivingTuesday campaign. Read more »

Now we must be agents of the Kingdom of God

Now we must be agents of the Kingdom of God

October 30, 2017 | September 19, 2017, an ordinary day, where my plans were to do homework because at the weekend I would travel to my hometown to celebrate the marriage union of a great friend. I remember that I woke up, had breakfast, went to the seminary, greeted everyone happily as I usually do, and as soon as I got to the Baptist Seminary office, the seismic alarm began to sound, to which the Rector told me to reassure myself because it was only a warning. Later, after returning to normal, I began to do homework, and at 1 o'clock in the morning for 14 minutes a horrible shake was felt. I immediately left the seminary, and as I went down the stairs, I remember what felt like thunder in the structure of the building. It was horrible. Immediately I contacted my family in Ensenada. I told them that I was well, but the first news I heard was that the building that is attached to my Hebrew teacher's house had collapsed, at which point I said: This is chaos. Read more »

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