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Patchwork Peace

Patchwork Peace

April 10, 2013 | Peace resembles a patchwork quilt. A quilt contains pieces of cloth from relatives or neighbors. Peace contains agreements from countries or cultures from all over the world. A patchwork quilt begins when clothing is torn but there are pieces left of the past legacy that is still valuable fabric. What is left is carefully sewn together to make a quilt to keep you warm and comfortable. Peace is much the same, often beginning when a conflict ceases. Peace represents what is valuable to the future of a shared community. Read more »

It Started with Two Words...

It Started with Two Words...

January 30, 2013 | Lekil Kuxlejal. Abundant Life. When Dr. Amaury Tañón-Santos had the students at the Mayan Intercultural Seminary (SIM) in Chiapas, Mexico discuss different meanings of the word peace, this term emerged from the students and stood out from the rest. Read more »

Entertaining Angels: Peacemaking through Radical Hospitality

Entertaining Angels: Peacemaking through Radical Hospitality

January 16, 2013 | The word hospitality often brings to mind images of domestic tidiness but the gospel calls us to be radical in our welcome: to welcome the least of these as we would Christ; to seek the outcasts, the marginalized, the disempowered, the overlooked, the other; and to create community together. Read more »

The BPFNA Office is moving!

The BPFNA Office is moving!

December 18, 2012 | The BPFNA office is moving! Please make note of our new address: 300 Hawthorne Lane, Suite 205, Charlotte, NC 28204-2434. The new address will take effect on January 1, 2013. Read more »

South Sudan: Changes

South Sudan: Changes

December 17, 2012 | What has changed in a year? As I move about in the Tong Ping neighbourhoods of this town, the capital of this toddler country, three things stand out. The potholes are deeper. The gated, concertina wire-topped walls of the politicos’ compounds are higher and far more numerous. The smouldering heaps of street garbage more pervasive. And they impart a common message. Read more »

Teaching Biblical Peace in the Land of the Lekil Kuxlejal

Teaching Biblical Peace in the Land of the Lekil Kuxlejal

November 28, 2012 | I was elated when I received the invitation from the academic coordinator of SIM, The Rev. Dr. Doris García, to teach a course about biblical peace as found in Pauline literature. The course was going to be taught in a land I’ve only read about – a land I knew at a distance. These teaching ministry partnerships were essential for this experience that, in the end, ended up teaching me more than what I expect was learned in the classroom. Read more »


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