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Pan African Peace Network & U.S. Programs

June 12, 2017 | Through BPFNA's Gavel Fund, we have been able to get to know some incredible peacemakers with the Pan African Peace Network (PAPNET)! Here is a message and slideshow from Dan Buttry on some of the peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation work being done by members of PAPNET. Read more »

Will it Hold Water?

June 7, 2017 | Despite our airplanes and smart phones, it seems we’ve not made much improvement in the last few thousand years in creating structures and societies that truly ‘hold water’...making the good gifts of God available in abundance to all God’s children. It doesn’t take much to know that today we are still in a heap of trouble. At BPFNA's 2016 Peace Camp, one presenter asked us, "Raise your hands if you think the system is broken." Hands flew up all around the room. "It’s easy to think that," he said, "if we don’t know our history. No. This system is not broken: it was built this way." Whether we like it or not, the foundation of our country is cracked and leaky. And perhaps some think that doesn’t matter so much as long as we can be happily, obliviously in love with Jesus, but I don’t think so.  Read more »

I Refuse to Give Up

June 6, 2017 | On May 23rd, US President Donald Trump released a proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018. It was no surprise to anyone that this document severely slashed funding for hunger programs at home and abroad. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, described it as an assault on poor and hungry people everywhere. It will, without any doubt, take food out of the mouths of children, elderly people, and disabled people. The administration wants to decrease foreign aid spending by one-third and fold the US Aid to International Development department (USAID) into the State Department. These plans were announced at the same time that we were getting word about four looming (if not outright) famines in Somalia, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Yemen. United Nations (UN) officials say these famines will result in the largest food crisis since 1945. In the face of these realities, I feel outrage when I realize that my country’s leaders care so little for the most vulnerable people in the US and the world. Read more »

Daring to go where we have not gone before

Daring to go where we have not gone before

May 25, 2017 | For the first time, BPFNA~Bautistas por la Paz is daring to go where we have not gone before for our Summer Conference! This is a huge deal for us as an organization! Although since its inception our organization established a firm commitment to represent the voices of North America (Mexico, Puerto Rico, USA and Canada), the structures of power, privilege and economic inequality among the countries we represent have made it extremely difficult to live into this commitment fully. Yet, it is also true that as an organization of loving Christians committed to peace and justice, we have made bold statements in the past. We have committed to non-violent resolution of conflict whereas our governments have chosen the path of war. We have committed to be a welcoming and affirming community to all Christians regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We have committed to become the BPFNA~Bautistas por la Paz, and bear in our very name our commitment to the inclusion of languages and cultural perspectives different from those based in the USA-English speaking world. We have committed to reimagine a world in which love has the last and loudest voice in the way we come together as the body of Christ. Read more »

Why are we going to Mexico?

Why are we going to Mexico?

May 5, 2017 | Just in case you have not heard, this year’s Summer Conference (a.k.a. Peace Camp) of 2017 will be in Mexico! This is the first time in the history of BPFNA that we will gather in Mexico. With what’s going on in our world today, venturing to Mexico to continue our conversations on peace and justice is essential. This is a powerful moment for the work we do as a people rooted in justice. Even though you might be asking “why Mexico?” I encourage you to turn that around and ask “why have we waited so long?” Read more »

Mexico Welcomes a Group of Syrian Students to Complete Their Studies: Two young Syrians of 24 and 28 years old have fled from the hell of war to finish college

May 4, 2017 | June 20, 2016. Thamer Abou Mansour, 28, did not want to be the kind of refugees arriving in Europe. When everything exploded in Syria, he studied economics at Damascus and quickly realized it would never be a peaceful revolution. He fled his country in late 2012, as many young people, for fear of being conscripted and forced to kill. This week has come to Mexico, along with Hazem Sharif, 24, hopes to resume the life that was buried four years ago by the hell of war. Read more »

Central American Refugees in Mexico, Another Drama Invisibilized

May 4, 2017 | Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has noted, through its project serving the Transmigrant population in Mexico, that high levels of criminal and armed violence that are lived in different countries of the Northern Triangle of Central America push each year tens of thousands of people to leave their country to find a less insecure place where their lives and liberty are not threatened. Read more »

Mexico and its Refugees

May 4, 2017 | June 20 is International Refugee Day. Globally, the contemporary situation shows an acute crisis. Millions of people now have had to flee and cross the borders of their country of residence by a founded fear of persecution, that could jeopardize their life, freedom or integrity, following wars or massive violations of human rights, widespread violence, or similar situations. Read more »

Creating Intentional Communities Where Bold Conversations Thrive

May 3, 2017 | In the story of the inauguration of the First Church of Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost, we see people who did not hesitate to have Bold Conversations about their religious experience with the internationals who were gathered in Jerusalem. When thinking of Jerusalem in the first century, we should think of major cities such as Boston, San Juan, Atlanta, Toronto, New York, Chicago, or Mexico City; since Jerusalem contained the attributes related to internationalism, migration, commerce, pluralism, and so on that we find in modern cities. When speaking of multiculturalism in the church, it is always worth pointing out that on day one of the Christian Church’s investiture, it became a multicultural fellowship.  Read more »

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