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A Dorm Room, a Verse, and a Promise

June 20, 2018 | Those first couple of years, I tried my hardest to be a good up-and-coming Baptist Pastor. I studied Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology, I filled pulpits across Kentucky, I worked part-time during my summer and winter breaks, but I quickly found that no matter how busy I tried to make myself with studying, or preaching, or work, it became harder and harder to deny the reality that I was gay. Of course, this didn’t come out of mid-air. I had the feeling for a long time, but I was praying for those feelings to go away. I was reading books about conversion therapy. One night, I recall lying face down on the rug in my dorm room, and as I was there, my face pressed against the rug, tears streamed down my face from midnight till 3am or so, pleading with God that things would change. Read more »

EDITORIAL: What do we do with our anger?

June 5, 2018 | On July 1, 2018 Mexico will live through the largest and most complex electoral process that ever has been in the country. On the local level alone there will be elections in 30 of the 32 states; only the states of Baja California and Nayarit will not have elections. In addition, federal elections will be held to renew the Federal Executive (President of the Republic) and the two Chambers, the Senators and the Federal Deputies. The scenario is also complex because today the odds are that, for the first time in Mexico, there will be an alternation of three different political parties at the presidential level. In this time of campaigns, in which the struggle to convince the electorate is intense, the traditional antagonisms between the ideals of the pro-government neoliberal right and the progessive left have been exacerbated - each with its interests - with virulent confrontations that have polarized the positions of those who sympathize with one movement or another. Read more »

To every thing there is a season

To every thing there is a season

May 11, 2018 | For several years now, I have had a growing sense that the time for my departure from the staff of this organization is nearing. Nothing is wrong – in fact, I am as excited as I have ever been about what we’re doing together and what the future holds. Our movement over the past few years -- to becoming far more deeply the anti-racist, multicultural organization we’ve always dreamed of being --  has been deeply encouraging. There is much on the horizon that is just as energizing. Despite all that – and in some ways because of it – it is simply time for me to begin the process of stepping away. It is my strong sense that, especially for a group of our size with a relatively small staff, it is important that no one person become synonymous with the organization itself. And I am increasingly pulled to discover what new opportunities await me. Read more »

Important changes taking place in the BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz community

May 10, 2018 | One of the most significant changes over the next year will come with the departure of our beloved Executive Director, LeDayne McLeese Polaski, at the end of May 2019. Having served our organization for 20 years, LeDayne has announced to the board her decision to step down as BPFNA~Bautistas por la Paz Executive Director in an effort to pursue other professional and personal goals at this time of her life. LeDayne has worked incessantly to help us grow in our understanding and commitment to peacemaking, and more recently she has worked tirelessly to help us become a much more inclusive and diverse community that is less centered around power and privilege. The life of our organization is changing in very positive ways and we owe a huge debt of love and gratitude to LeDayne for leading the way! Read more »

Summer Conference 2018: Daily Themes

Summer Conference 2018: Daily Themes

May 1, 2018 | Like the very idea of our theme Decentering Power & Privilege: Becoming a Peculiar People by the very notion of choosing to be followers of Jesucristo, the Divine made flesh, by believing that the unlikely can be, by following a Palestine Jew who turned water into wine, who freed the captives from the binds of the status quo…we become a peculiar people, strange, no longer fitting into the expected societal norms. And so each day’s topic takes us a step deeper into Decentering those aspects of Power and Privilege that we have been socialized to enable the people to do (and yes, we are the people). Read more »

Celebrating 20 Years of LeDayne

Celebrating 20 Years of LeDayne

April 18, 2018 | As of this year, Executive Director LeDayne McLeese Polaski has been a part of our Baptist uprising for 20 of our 36 years. We’re marking the occasion by working to strengthen the work of this organization she loves so much. Read more »

Thoughts and Prayers Are Not Enough

April 2, 2018 | If the trade is worth it to us—if our desire to individually own high-capacity assault style rifles for target practice, or questionable hunting practices, or some form of protection from an army of assailants that already got past our national defenses, or if you imagine needing to form a well-armed militia that would fight against our own military, and you think your assault style rifle will carry the day against the myriad of bigger, faster and more lethal weapons of our armed forces—if that’s more important than the people who were sitting in the pews last week, or the ones sitting in their classrooms or practicing baseball in the nation’s capital or standing at a concert or dancing in a club, then we should be honest about it. We dare not offer our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families; we should just tell them, “This is the cost of our selfishness, our hobbies, our fear. We want easy access to weapons of mass death more than we want to try to make it harder for people who snap to inflict these numbers of deaths and injuries, and your children and siblings and parents and friends are collateral damage to our selfish desires.” Read more »

Gina Haspel is the Wrong Choice for the CIA and the United States

March 28, 2018 | President Trump's shameful pick to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, once ran a black site prison where she oversaw an operation in which human beings were tortured. The New York Times recently reported she ran the CIA’s first “black site” in Thailand where one detainee, Abd al-Nashiri, was severely tortured. She is the wrong choice to lead our nation’s leading intelligence agency. If Haspel is confirmed, we can expect more of the same immoral tactics. Read more »

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