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We are better together

We are better together

November 15, 2016 | We will come together as peacemakers from throughout Latin and North America with a wealth of experience in seeking justice in a vast array of contexts. We will learn from one another, challenge one another, encourage one another. We will share, rather than hide, our vulnerabilities, knowing that such sharing leads to a paradoxical strength. We will explore together how we live faithfully in the midst of empire, knowing that many among us have explicit experience in doing so with creativity and courage. We will find in our differences and in our commonalities a community that inspires and instructs.  Read more »

Many have described Summer Conference as a life-changing experience

Many have described Summer Conference as a life-changing experience

November 8, 2016 | Many who attend our annual Summer Conference describe it as a life-changing experience. And when asked why they return year after year, many mention the quality speakers and programming that continue to impact their worldview and work after returning home. Next year we will hold our first-ever Summer Conference in Mexico, and we are working hard to make sure that it will be a memorable experience for all who plan to attend. We’re particularly excited about sharing this experience with those from across Latin America who will be joining us for the first time. We know what an impact this week can have. Read more »

Standing in solidarity with Standing Rock: A statement from Emmanuel Baptist Church

Standing in solidarity with Standing Rock: A statement from Emmanuel Baptist Church

November 8, 2016 | The Standing Rock Sioux people say that they are “Defending the Sacred” as they oppose the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline which would transport fracked oil from North Dakota to Illinois. They are engaged in prayerful protest and non-violent resistance to protect themselves, their water and their land. As members and friends of Emmanuel Baptist Church and as Christians who seek to imitate the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, we stand in solidarity with our Lakota and Dakota brothers and sisters. Theirs is a movement for justice undergirded with prayer. We add our prayers for a just and peaceful outcome to this conflict as we also defend the sacred. Read more »

BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz launches #GivingTuesday campaign to raise money for Summer Conference leadership

BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz launches #GivingTuesday campaign to raise money for Summer Conference leadership

November 7, 2016 | From November 1-29, 2016 BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz will hold our third-annual #GivingTuesday Colour the Dove campaign with this year’s proceeds going toward costs to bring top-quality, multicultural leadership to our 2017 Summer Conference in Toluca, Mexico. The 2017 leadership will include Dr. Elsa Tamez, a liberation theologian from Mexico, as Bible study leader as well as Rev. Gerardo Oberman and Horacio Vivares from Red Crearte as worship leader and music leader. Based in Argentina, Red Crearte is a Latin American network that provides a space for the free, multilingual sharing of liturgical resources, many with a justice focus. Read more »

Crossing Religious Borders in the Bible Belt

Crossing Religious Borders in the Bible Belt

November 7, 2016 | Teaching at Belmont University in Nashville, a Christian institution situated close to music row and to Vanderbilt, is a job I cherish, and the most popular class I teach, one that focuses on world religions, is also my favorite course. It’s a class that provides me with the opportunity to cross the religious borders in town and to form relationships and friendships with people I may otherwise have never encountered. This is how I came to know the current resident scholar of the Islamic Center of Nashville. I invited him to come speak to my students about Islam, and he did so faithfully and repeatedly. He agreed to come every semester and spoke not only of Islam, but also shared details about himself and his experiences. Read more »

Meet Dr. Elsa Tamez

Meet Dr. Elsa Tamez

November 1, 2016 | Dr. Elsa Tamez is an internationally respected Biblical scholar and theologian. Born in Victoria, Mexico, Dr. Tamez currently resides in Costa Rica where she is on the faculty of the Latin American Biblical University in San José. She has previously taught at Vanderbilt Divinity School in the field of Latin American Liberation Theology and Harvard Divinity School in the area of World Christianity. Read more »

Views from the Charlotte Streets and Beyond: Race, Tension, and Hope

Views from the Charlotte Streets and Beyond: Race, Tension, and Hope

October 14, 2016 | I was with a group of clergy asked to serve as a buffer between the police and the marchers during some of the recent demonstrations in Charlotte to protest the killing of Keith Lamont Scott. Disruptions had occurred several nights in a row. Tensions were high. A Black Lives Matter (BLM) group and other concerned citizens had gathered in an area in Uptown Charlotte called Marshall Park to prepare for that night’s demonstration. Emotions were on edge but controlled. One of the BLM leaders looked in our direction and said: “Here are the preachers. Could you have a prayer for us?” Read more »

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