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Prayer for the World

July 8, 2015 | We pray tonight to the God who stilled the storm. God, we bring before you our prayers of lament, prayers of petition, prayers of hope. The truth is, we feel like a small boat in the middle of a vast ocean, and the tempest is raging. Read more »

Crossing Borders through Conflict Transformation

Crossing Borders through Conflict Transformation

July 6, 2015 | What do Ferguson, Belfast, Sarajevo, and Abuja have in common? As we studied the roots of conflict around the world, we began to see the role played by a complex interaction of many factors: history, both mythic and real; the illusion of single identity; governments, NGO’s, community groups, and individuals, functioning as either inciters or peacemakers. We were students in a year-long online Conflict Transformation program through St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas which concluded with two weeks at the Corrymeela Center in Northern Ireland. This Certificate program is the inspiration of Dr. Aaron Tyler, professor and Baptist pastor, and Dr. Larry Hufford, professor and long-time peace activist. One purpose of the program is to build a global network of peacemakers. Read more »

Cruzando fronteras a través de la transformación de conflictos

Cruzando fronteras a través de la transformación de conflictos

July 6, 2015 | ¿Qué tienen en común Ferguson, Belfast, Sarajevo y Abuja? Mientras estudiábamos las raíces del conflicto alrededor del mundo, comenzamos a ver el papel que jugaba una interacción compleja de factores: la historia, tanto mítica como real; la ilusión de una sola identidad; gobiernos, ONGs,  grupos comunitarios e individuos funcionando como pacificadores o como agitadores. Éramos estudiantes en un curso en línea de un año sobre Transformación de Conflictos, auspiciado por St. Mary’s University en San Antonio, Texas que concluía con dos semanas en el Centro Corrymeela en Irlanda de Norte. Este programa es la inspiración del Dr. Aaron Tyler, profesor y pastor bautista y el Dr. Larry Hufford, profesor y activista por la paz. Un propósito del programa es construir una red global de pacificadores. Read more »

Gavel Memorial World Peace Fund Application Process - Updated

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. Read more »

Crossing an Invisible Border

Crossing an Invisible Border

June 29, 2015 | Shortly before his death my father told me he wished I would drop the final "e" in my name. It was too effeminate, he said. Why couldn't I tell him that I liked the ambiguity in my name, that I like the feminine in me? I couldn't, and never did. It would be still more years before I could own publicly my transgendering self, before I would come out as the cross-dresser I am, the cross-dresser I longed to be for many years.  Read more »

BPFNA Statement on US Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality

BPFNA Statement on US Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality

June 26, 2015 | The BPFNA has spoken out against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and has sought to be inclusive of all. The BPFNA rejoices that the US Supreme Court has determined that marriage equality means exactly that, and that everyone has the right to be married to the one they love. Read more »

Race in America: Will We Ever Learn

June 23, 2015 | There is a long list of re-entry shocks to deal with in coming back home after nearly a year in Cuba. Close to the top of the list is our country’s continuing struggles around race. Not having access to Internet or U.S. television, we basically missed the news cycles dealing with Ferguson, Staten Island, Cleveland, and Baltimore. We heard about the incidents, from friends’ emails and from the Granma, Cuba’s daily newspaper which never misses an opportunity to broadcast bad news from their neighbor to the north. But that’s not the same as being in the middle of it, hearing and seeing the images 24/7 as our country is prone to do. Read more »

The Language of Fear

June 22, 2015 | A few months ago while traveling to Selma, AL to participate in the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of “Bloody Sunday”, I stopped in Birmingham to tour few of the landmarks that lend their own significance to an extended movement to recognize and affirm black bodies in America as equals. One such landmark was the 16th Street Baptist Church where four little girls were killed and 22 were injured during an intentional bombing in 1963. While touring the church, I listened to conversations around me regarding the evil that would cause these individuals to target a place of worship due to hatred for a race of people. The word that spoke loudly to me was FEAR. For the last few days, as I’ve sat in horror in front of the television and read the news about another terrorist attack on a place where people gather to study the scriptures and seek direction and healing, I am again privy to the language of FEAR that continues to speak to me. Read more »


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