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Model Ministries

Ahead of the Curve?

November 15, 2018 | As a progressive Baptist community of faith, most of us believe that Royal Lane is an early adopter when demonstrating Christian love and justice in the community. We have long been members of the Alliance of Baptists, North Dallas Shared Ministries, and Baptist Peace Fellowship. We collect food and funds for the underprivileged of Dallas each month and maintain housing on the property to provide for those most in need. We participate in community-wide discussions regarding immigration, racial justice, and mental health. We believe in inclusion and diversity and extend hospitality to all people including LGBTQ individuals. Within the church, we differ from the public sphere in that we can dialogue through different perspectives and disagree while still sitting together in the pew and collaborating together to achieve shared congregational goals. By Baptist standards, it would seem as though we are ahead of the curve with regards to implementing Gospel values. While we appear to be early adopters by modern standards, how would Jesus judge our actions Read more »

This Sunday...and Every Sunday

August 22, 2018 | This Sunday white supremacists will gather, but there will be another gathering happening that is more powerful than theirs. It will be a gathering that has happened every Sunday since 1862 in the heart of this nation's capital. It will be our gathering for weekly worship where we will lift up songs from different cultures, pray in languages not of our own, be shaped by preaching from the liberationist tradition, and ask the spirit of the Lord to lead us in ways that move us from the death grip of white supremacy to the liberating and life giving hand of God. Read more »

Participating in the Baptist-Muslim Dialogue

May 22, 2018 | First Baptist Church in Dayton, OH hosted Dr. Roy Medley, retired General Secretary of our ABC USA, in 2017. Roy has been instrumental in interfaith meetings. Roy asked if FBC Dayton would like to take part in the next phase of Baptist-Muslim dialogues that were happening in Green Lake, WI. FBC Dayton Associate Pastor Jason Alspaugh and Lead Pastor Kent Berghuis went to the Green Lake Conference Center in Wisconsin from April 16-19. There were speakers representing both Baptist and Islamic perspectives, and dialogues back and forth. This story is taken from two different articles printed in the First Baptist Church Dayton newsletter, The Courier - one before the dialogue and one with reflections on the dialogue.  Read more »

Partner Congregations speak out against gun violence

February 28, 2018 | Several Partner Congregations have spoken out against gun violence in response to the most recent mass shootings in Parkland, Florida and Las Vegas, Nevada including First Baptist Church of Palo Alto (Palo Alto, CA), Highland Baptist (Louisville, KY), University Baptist (Minneapolis, MN), and Lakeshore Ave Baptist (Oakland, CA). Read more »

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