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Clothing Swap Ministry

December 16, 2013 | We live in one of the poorest areas in the state. In our little town we have more than our share of poverty, homelessness, and food insecurity. The shelters are always filled, and the need is great. Read more »

Cutting Through the Clutter

August 29, 2013 | We know that most churches have a different pace over the summer – you can see it as “down-time” – or you can use it as an opportunity to try something new. Here’s an inspiring story of how one church used summer to do some deep exploration of personal lifestyles and decision-making. Read more »

Chestnut Hill Church Lawn Dressed in Heartbreak

Chestnut Hill Church Lawn Dressed in Heartbreak

May 9, 2013 | MOVITA Johnson-Harrell tried to get away. "The summer of 2007 . . . I turned to my husband and said: 'My sons will not become statistics on the streets of Philadelphia. It's time to go,' " Johnson-Harrell said Monday. She moved her family to Lansdowne to keep her children from the city's violent gun culture. Despite the move, in June 2011, Johnson-Harrell buried her 18-year-old son, Charles Johnson. He was shot in East Germantown in his car, a victim of mistaken identity, waiting for his sister. Read more »

David and Bathsheba - Or Not

David and Bathsheba - Or Not

May 9, 2013 | We then went over to another table on which stood a birdcage, out of which we took a tea-light, which we lit from the Christ-candle lit at the beginning of the service, to represent the liberation of refugees from the “cage” of regulations and restrictions which confines them. Beside the cage stood a lino-cut (Joy is an outstanding artist) of a woman and child in a small boat, the woman with her head covered. Is she a Muslim? Or perhaps we are seeing here Mary and Jesus, who at one point were also refugees. Read more »

Making a Difference in a Day

May 9, 2013 | We sometimes think that acting for peace rooted in justice has to be complicated – a big new project or program – but as you’ll read in this issue a one-time or once-a-year event can have a powerful witness and lasting impact. BPFNA Partner Congregations, member churches and other friends are among those congregations making a difference in a day. Read more »

Worship piece based on "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"

November 19, 2012 | Letter from Birmingham Jail or Letter from Birmingham City Jail, is an open letter written on April 16, 1963, by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an American civil rights leader. King wrote the letter from the city jail in Birmingham, Alabama, where he was confined after being arrested for his part in the Birmingham campaign, a planned non-violent protest conducted by the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights and King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference against racial segregation by Birmingham's city government and downtown retailers.   Read more »

Season of Peace

November 19, 2012 | All of you who walked in darkness who have known the fear of night-- Now rejoice and sing with gladness; come and see the wondrous light! God has turned your tears to songs, lifting burdens, righting wrongs. God sent us a tiny boy bringing hope and peace and joy. In one little baby’s birth, God knelt down to love the earth. Read more »

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