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Getting in the way of fracked gas pipelines

Getting in the way of fracked gas pipelines

February 28, 2018 | The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is about to begin construction and may soon carry West Virginia fracked gas to Virginia, North Carolina, and points beyond. Like a deadly vine bearing poison fruit, the pipeline will also sprout a dozen or so new gas plants in North Carolina and thereby lock the state into decades of dependence upon methane, a soon-to-be costly, price-volatile fuel whose extraction, transport, and burning guarantee maximum damage from climate impacts. On January 26, Governor Roy Cooper’s DEQ removed the last major hurdle for Duke Energy and its partners when it issued a critical state water permit. It was like a basketball headline North Carolinians have grown accustomed to seeing: “Duke Overpowers Tar Heel Defenses”. Only this game isn’t over. Early in the morning of February 2 we started the overtime period by walking into the Governor’s office unannounced to begin a nonviolent sit in occupation. As capital police swarmed the room and readied zip ties to make arrests, I explained to the secretary that we would not be leaving. This was an escalation, the first of many unless Governor Cooper acts to undo the damage he has done through his administration’s endorsement of the pipeline. Read more »

Find out about new ways to give to BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz!

February 28, 2018 | You may have noticed some differences in our online donation forms. This is because we recently started working with an online fundraising platform called Qgiv, which will make giving easier for you and administration around fundraising more efficient for us. Find out about of several new features we’re excited to offer. Read more »

New dates announced for the next Global Baptist Peace Conference

New dates announced for the next Global Baptist Peace Conference

February 27, 2018 | Originally scheduled for 2018, the 6th Global Baptist Peace Conference has been rescheduled to 15-20 July 2019. The location remains in Cali, Colombia. The gathering will also serve as the annual Summer Conference of BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz. Focused on the theme Peace in Our Land: Toward a World Without Violence (based on Micah 4:4), plenary sessions, workshops, and trainings will provide the resources to ignite more of the regional and grassroots movements for peace that earlier Global Baptist Peace Conferences have inspired. The conference programme will also highlight the Colombian peace process as a model for ending long-term low intensity conflicts around the globe. Read more »

Interfaith Coalition Issues Statement on Parkland School Shooting and Call to Action

February 19, 2018 | On Wednesday, February 14, seventeen lives were taken from this Earth at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. We mourn this loss of life, and the transformation of a place of learning and community into a site of death and destruction. To the dead, the injured, and the hundreds of family members, friends, and communities that are grieving, we commit our prayers and our tireless action to prevent gun violence. The shooting in Parkland is the 30th mass shooting since the beginning of the year, six weeks ago. No other country in the world tolerates this level of deadly slaughter. Gun violence shames this country daily. Read more »

Reading the Bible in Rome: A Pastoral Letter at the Beginning of a New Year

Reading the Bible in Rome: A Pastoral Letter at the Beginning of a New Year

January 10, 2018 | Not too long ago, I got an email from my colleague Katie Cook that simply said, “I know too many people.” I knew exactly what she meant. Everywhere in every way people we know and love are threatened, are dying. Hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires; the end of DACA; a rising tide of white supremacy encouraged and embraced by our own empire; tax policies with the purpose of creating poverty so as to insure wealth; women and girls abused on the streets, in our workplaces and in our homes; a state with an unchecked mandate to imprison and execute; the termination of protective status for immigrants from Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador. Everywhere we look we see the same violent brew of religion and state willing to offer up any “other” for sacrifice. The veil has been pulled back and the ugliness revealed. Of late, all my Bible reading feels likes reading the Bible in Rome.  Read more »

Here are some easy ways to increase the impact of your gift

January 9, 2018 | We are deeply grateful to everyone who gives to support our work of gathering, equipping and mobilizing peacemakers throughout the world. Your generosity changes —and even saves—lives. If you’d like to increase the impact of your gifts, here are some options to consider. Read more »

Why We Worked for Indigenous Peoples' Day in Oberlin

Why We Worked for Indigenous Peoples' Day in Oberlin

January 1, 2018 | In 1992, Berkley, CA, became the first city in the United States to reject Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day. Twenty-five years later, as of Oct. 9, Time reports a list of 55 cities which have done the same—as well as three universities, three states, two cities which celebrate both, and South Dakota, which replaced Columbus Day with Native American Day in 1990. More communities are considering the same, including Washington, DC itself. As of October 2017, Oberlin, OH, is on the list, and Cindi and Jeriel Byron-Dixon can tell you why. Read more »

Away Put the Stranger

December 22, 2017 | Original lyrics for a National Homeless Memorial Day service Hymn by longtime BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz member Greg Thomas.    Read more »

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