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What do you do?

May 4, 2015 | Coming into this experience, I had one solidified goal in mind: to actually do something about human trafficking. In the sermon I gave at the beginning of my time at Underwood, I asked, “What do you do?” It was through a weekly discussion on the issue of human trafficking that I hoped to serve as a guide to answer this question. I presented the issue of human trafficking as a result of desperation, and a solid core of congregants participated faithfully. The conversation started by informing the group about the forms human trafficking can take around the world and within the community, and spanned all the way to coming up with creative ways to address different sources of desperation through partnership and by a means of their own creation. I can't wait to see where they go from here. Read more »

Prayer & Politiks

March 31, 2015 | We have mentioned before our Founding Director Ken Sehested’s excellent new blog and website Prayer & Politiks. Now, here’s a great idea from our friends at Circle of Mercy of how to incorporate Prayer & Politiks into your church life. Though this was a Lenten practice, it would clearly be used at any time of the year. Read more »

The Many Ways We Seek Peace

March 31, 2015 | Our Partner Congregations do an amazing job of seeking peace in many forms in many ways. Of late, we’ve been especially moved by these efforts to make prayers for peace specific and meaningful. Read more »

Selma Hand in Hand

January 23, 2015 | On January 7th 2015, at the invitation of Rev. Dr. Wayne E. Croft, Sr., pastor of St. Paul’s Baptist Church, West Chester, members of the Baptist Church of West Chester and First Baptist Church of Kennett Square joined with members of St. Paul’s Baptist Church to view the film Selma at a local movie theater as part of #SELMAHandinHand. Read more »

Dancing, Singing & Fighting our way toward Food-Justice

January 23, 2015 | I admit I tend to veer away from what I call ‘superficial’ interfaith dialogues. The kind where ‘faith leaders’ discuss their different views on, say, ecology. Often it comes down to ‘we are all so similar’ or ‘we all think the earth is important and we all have some aspect of our faith which is difficult to deal with as it relates to earth care'... But I don’t find these panels and talks helpful. So we agree the earth is important. Duh... But this Thanksgiving was neither a panel discussion nor a bunch of folks sitting around eating food. We gave thanks and shared our traditions through sound and silence, dance and martial arts. Read more »

American Baptist Women’s Ministries - Crisis at the Border

November 11, 2014 | The issue of "Unaccompanied Alien Children," or UACs (the official name for unaccompanied children arriving in the U.S.) needs our voice. It can be difficult to sort through the information, especially given the polemic nature of the arguments. The following will provide some easier-to-digest informational resources to help you know how you can be a voice on behalf of the voiceless. You will also find ways you can contribute to needs. Read more »

45 Days, A Story of Redemption

November 10, 2014 | In 1978, Oakhurst Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA became involved in the case of Mosie Harriell, also known as Charles Harris. Harris had served 25 years of a life sentence before escaping from prison. He was found and re-arrested in Atlanta ten years after his escape. Convinced that he was a changed man, the congregation offered their building as security for his bond and  became instrumental in the events that followed. Read more »

Thinking Ahead for Our Christmas Offering

November 10, 2014 | The Board of Outreach is hard at work and, now in this pre-holiday season, is considering how we might choose a local cause that would most benefit from our Christmas offering. This year we are looking to seek donations for a special kind of need. Instead of addressing immediate needs, we want to look for opportunities to address systemic needs; that is, needs that are caused by fundamental root problems that result in those shorter term immediate needs. Addressing a systemic need could result in benefits that continue over time. Read more »

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