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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 »

Supporting Climate Marchers

Supporting Climate Marchers

November 10, 2014 | One way in which we were honored to be able to participate in the march was by providing housing, which was in short supply for people coming in from out of town. Over the course of the weekend, we provided hospitality to a little over 200 people total. Read more »

Carbon Footprint Challenge

November 10, 2014 | As a member of an organization called Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light (one of 40 state chapters in the national organization Interfaith Power & Light, a religious response to climate change), I am always looking for ways to encourage people of faith to act to stop climate change. Last spring, UBBC offered the film series by Jim Wallis called "Justice for the Poor" and Ken Kline Smeltzer challenged us to think of ways that we could do something to help the poor. Read more »

CARE MORE, Car Less: What Really Matters?

November 10, 2014 | Recently Seattle has been touted as the fastest growing city in the US. We also may be “the slowest going!” Gridlock is not uncommon in Seattle, and although we have been known for being environmentally aware, our driving patterns don’t reflect that. So, when Earth Ministry, the Washington non-profit leader in engaging the religious community in environmental stewardship and advocacy, asked our congregation to participate in the CARE MORE, Car Less Pledge project, we decided to step up. Read more »

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