January 25 – January 25, 2018
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly
Friday, June 30 2017
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Keynote Speaker: Rev. Hon. Wendell Griffen
Our Keynote Speaker will be the Rev. Hon. Wendell Griffen who will speak on the topic of The Fierce Urgency of Prophetic Hope.
- What does it mean to be a “prophetic follower of Jesus”?
- How will lessons in Scripture and across human history inform our action in the world?
- How can we speak of hope in a time of deep division—a time too often defined by racism, misogyny, materialism, militarism, religious nationalism, and xenophobia?
Wendell Griffen has served as Pastor of New Millennium Church since its inception in May 2009. New Millennium Church (www.newmillenniumchurch.us) defines itself as "inclusive, progressive, and welcoming followers of Jesus Christ" based on the belief that social justice is at the heart of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is also Circuit Judge of the Fifth Division, Sixth Judicial District, for the State of Arkansas, a position he has held since January 1, 2011. Griffen is also Chief Executive Officer of Griffen Strategic Consulting, PLLC (www.griffenstrategicconsulting.com), a consulting practice focused on cultural competency and inclusion. Reverend/Judge Griffen grew up in rural southwest Arkansas near Delight (Pike County), and attended racially segregated schools until 1965. He graduated from Delight High School in 1968 and from the University of Arkansas in 1973 (Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, and Distinguished Military Graduate). After serving three years as an Army officer, Griffen received an honorable discharge in 1976 and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for leading race relations and equal opportunity efforts within the 43d General Support Group at Fort Carson, Colorado. In 1979, he received a degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1979 (Juris Doctor), where he was Associate Editor of the Arkansas Law Review. He has also been awarded the Doctor of Divinity degree by Arkansas Baptist College (May 2001) and by Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Shawnee Mission, Kansas (May 2016). Since 1979, Griffen has actively devoted himself to law, public policy, and ministry. He was the first person of color to become an associate and later a partner in a major Arkansas law firm (Wright, Lindsey, and Jennings in Little Rock). For almost two years, he was Chairman of the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission by appointment of then Governor Bill Clinton. He pursued seminary extension studies through Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and was ordained in May 1988 after being called to his first pastorate. From January 1996 to December 2008, he served as a Judge on the Arkansas Court of Appeals. Then Griffen taught administrative law, constitutional law, criminal procedure, and a seminar he developed on law and cultural competency as a Visiting Professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law before being elected Circuit Judge for the Sixth Judicial District, Fifth Division, in Arkansas, his current post. Inspired by the gospel of Jesus, Griffen regularly speaks and writes about legal ethics and professionalism, religion and social justice, cultural competency and inclusion, and public policy. His sermons and other essays can be found on the websites of New Millennium Church, Ethics Daily (www.ethicsdaily.com), and on his blogs, Justice Is a Verb! and Wendell Griffen on Cultural Competency. His February 2017 book, The Fierce Urgency of Prophetic Hope, is published by Judson Press. Reverend/Judge Griffen is married to Dr. Patricia Griffen, a clinical psychologist in private practice, and they are parents of two adult sons.
American Baptist Churches-USA
Biennial Mission Summit
June 29-July 2, 2017
Portland, OR USA
BPFNA events at the ABC-USA Mission Summit
Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience Workshop
Thursday, June 29, 2017
9 AM - 4 PM
Trainer: LeDayne McLeese Polaski
Cost is $50
We all come from broken homes.
In our own way we are each shattered pieces.
Remember though, mosaics are made from broken pieces
and they are still works of art.
Trauma and loss are part of every human life. As church leaders, we have our own traumas, accompany parishioners through traumatic events, work with people in various stages of the trauma cycle, and lead organizations with their own stories of corporate trauma. Unaddressed, these experiences can lead to an endless cycle of violently acting in against ourselves and acting out against others. When we address our personal and shared traumas and losses, we are better equipped to break the cycle, find healing for ourselves and strengthen our relationships.
In this workshop, we’ll explore:
- The types of trauma
- The impact of trauma
- Acting in and acting out cycles
- Breaking free of the cycle
- Memorializing our losses
- Imagining a hopeful future
Peace, Justice, and Fun
Friday, June 30, 2017
A lively, late-night concert featuring the music of Steve Gretz and Leslie Lee. Leslie and Steve, who wrote the song One Great Hour to Share, have performed often for BPFNA member churches around the country. Click here to check out their website.
"Clothing Each Other In Hope"
Sunday, July 2, 2017
Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Cheryl F. Dudley
The Rev. Dr. Cheryl F. Dudley serves as the Regional Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Metropolitan New York. Dr. Dudley is an ordained American Baptist minister and has lived in NYC since 2006. She holds degrees from Pomona College (BA), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and a DMin. in Executive Leadership from McCormick Theological Seminary. Dr. Dudley has been in involved in pastoral, community, as well as global and philanthropic ministries for many years. She has served as the Senior Partner of her own consulting group; Global Religions Director of the Arcus foundation; Senior Advisor to the President of Church World Service; Associate Executive Director of Church in Community Transformation, American Baptist Home Mission Societies; Acting Director of African American Studies at Bradley University; and, Executive Director of Peoria Friendship House, as well as on the pastoral staff of several churches in Illinois and Pennsylvania. She has served on several national and international boards and committees. She is a member of Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City. In this new era for the region, Rev. Dudley is interested in strengthening our sense of collective community for mission, witness and purpose within the greater New York City area. “In this time of decline and suspicion about many institutions, even and sometimes especially churches, we have an obligation to be faithful in fresh, consistent and surprising ways, even in our hard edged city. In the midst of the hard edges, there are people with soft hearts and open spirits who are hungry for God. We need to do best we can to feed their hunger.” Cheryl has been a member of the BPFNA since the second Gulf War, and served on the BPFNA Board from 2008 – 2014. During that time, she served as the President of the Board for three years, and as the co-chair of the long-range planning committee. Cheryl counts her time on the BPFNA board as part of the most transformative time of her adult life.