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The Making of Radical Christians

January 16, 2012 | Like most liberal to progressive mainline Protestant Churches in the beginning of the twenty-first century, Old Cambridge Baptist Church in Harvard Square has had its issues with membership growth and sustainment in the last few years. OCBC, a Partner Congregation with BPFNA, has a history of being one of the most progressive churches in the area for several decades. The church participated actively in the anti-war movement in the sixties and seventies, and became a sanctuary church in the eighties. It paved the way for women’s ordination in the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts, and has, as well,  for the social and ecclesiastical rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. Read more »

Folding the Pain of the Past into Hope for the Future

Folding the Pain of the Past into Hope for the Future

January 16, 2012 | It is said that anyone making a Senbazuru (one thousand origami cranes) will have a wish come true. In honor of the tenth anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, we at First Baptist Church in McMinnville, Ore., created a Senbazuru, hung it from the rafters in our sanctuary in the days before 9/11/11 and, with this act, noted our wish (prayer) for peace. Read more »

Remembrance, Reverence, Resilience

Remembrance, Reverence, Resilience

January 16, 2012 | With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaching, I had hoped for a way to commemorate the individual and collective loss and grief of those days. But I was also aware of my longing to redeem that time, in some measure, by providing a chance to focus, as well, on the incredible response of individuals and the ensuing examples of the triumph of the human spirit, which continued to create, imagine, love, and observe the daily routine, in the midst of what was often unspeakable shock and grief. Read more »

Waiting for Superman: Education as a Justice Issue

January 16, 2012 | Part of our Mission Statement at Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church in Oakland, Calif., is "to do justice, love, kindness and walk humbly with God." One of the ways we strive to reach out to our community is through our Lakeshore Local Organizing Committee (LOC), which works hand in hand with Oakland Community Organizations – a congregation and school based community organizing effort representing over 10,000 families. Read more »

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