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Ayotzinapa: Where Are Our Disappeared?

Ayotzinapa: Where Are Our Disappeared?

May 15, 2015 | From the Latin America Working Group: Over seven months have passed since 43 students from a rural teachers college in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero were forcibly disappeared in the town of Iguala, yet many questions about the case remain unanswered. We know that students were attacked by local police, who allegedly turned them over to a local criminal group, the “Guerreros Unidos,” to be killed. To date, the remains of only one student have been identified. The Latin America Working Group is joining with our Mexican human rights partners and the families of the disappeared to say that these lives matter and justice must prevail. Read more »

The Borders I Cross

The Borders I Cross

May 11, 2015 | The first time I ever went into a strip club, I was there as an outsider, an observer, a learner. I was being trained to visit strip clubs and build relationships by a Texas pastor who made his living as a parole officer. I remember him approaching the manager to ask for permission to enter. I remember the pastor sitting next to me and pointing out things—who might be pregnant, how the dancers related to the customers, what the bouncers were watching, and where the house-mom’s influence was. I remember asking, “Should we tip?” and being told to always remember to honor the people you are visiting and that tipping honors the dancers. I remember the final thing the pastor pointed out was, “Always notice where the exits are.” Read more »

Crossing Many Borders to Make Peace

Crossing Many Borders to Make Peace

May 4, 2015 | I always hear many white folks from the Western world saying; "I am going to Africa!". Unfortunately, every nation in Africa is “Africa” to them. They do not put any geographical boundaries within and among different African states... Perhaps you will come to visit us – perhaps you will pray for us – do not say you are visiting and praying for “Africa” – think instead of Zimbabwe, Uganda, Malawi, and more, a continent of many countries, many peoples, many languages, many troubles, many joys – a land in which I cross many borders to make peace! Read more »

Responses to Baltimore

Responses to Baltimore

April 29, 2015 | These are the responses we have received thus far to the ongoing situation in Baltimore. If you have written something you'd like to share (on Baltimore or the larger issues involved) we'd love to have a copy. You can email your responses to [email protected] Read more »

Becoming an Ally

April 29, 2015 | It’s easier to be an ally to someone whom you know and love. It’s also easier to be an ally around the “little things” – like helping someone across the street or with packages they can’t carry. But the justice work of equity and inclusion can be difficult – especially when it is around difficult issues of race and sexuality. And often those who are marginalized and underrepresented feel they are the only ones educating others and fighting the battles of oppression and bias. They need allies. Read more »

BPFNA Members and Friends Receive ABHMS Ministry Awards

April 28, 2015 | Selected by American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) board of directors from nominations submitted by clergy and laypersons across the United States and Puerto Rico, a number of American Baptist clergy and lay leaders will receive awards for significant faith-based work. Many of them are members and/or friends of BPFNA! Read more »

Crossing Borders for Peace: A Conflict Transformation Training on the Border of Uganda and Kenya

Crossing Borders for Peace: A Conflict Transformation Training on the Border of Uganda and Kenya

April 28, 2015 | The training was held in the Amudat District also known as Karamoja cluster due to mixture of pastoralist grazing their livestock together. It borders Kenya in the West and Uganda in the North East. The region is populated by three tribe communities (Karamoja, Pokot and Turkana) located along the border of Kenya and Uganda. Karomoja tribes are the majority while Pokot and Turkana are minorities in the region. Access to pastures and water for the livestock of the minority groups have been minimalized by the majority group. This has caused daily conflict over sharing of the resources. Read more »

Vamos Todos al Banquete

Vamos Todos al Banquete

April 27, 2015 | "Let us go now to the banquet, to the feast of the universe. The table’s set and a place is waiting. I will rise in the early morning; the community’s waiting for me. With a spring in my step I’m walking with my friends and my family. God invites all the poor and hungry to the banquet of justice and good; where the harvest will not be hoarded so that no one will lack for food. May we build a place among us where all people are equal in love; For God has called us to work together and to share everything we have." Read more »

Crossing Borders In Times of Suffering

Crossing Borders In Times of Suffering

April 20, 2015 | In my work as a Chaplain and Pastoral Educator, I often encounter people in the halls of the hospital looking lost and bewildered. A hospital can feel like a strange and even hostile land to those whose lives have been interrupted with unexpected crisis. It is a self-contained community with a particular language, culture, and set of social norms that can be difficult to navigate for outsiders. Within this world there are structures that can be even more alienating for those who live on the margins of society. As chaplains, we are called to cross the borders that cause persons to feel unseen and unheard in this world of healthcare. Read more »


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