January 14 – May 31, 2019
BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz gathers, equips, and mobilizes peacemakers to witness to God’s peace rooted in justice and work together until it comes. We have members from across Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the United States who are committed to the work of peace and justice. This section is dedicated to the peacemakers in our midst who are doing the word of peace in communities throughout our four member countries and the world. We hope this will give you an idea of who we are and get to know a little about some of the incredible people we get to call friends.
If you are not yet involved and would like to be, click here to learn more about ways to become a member and join the movement for peace rooted in justice. We look forward to getting to know you!
Originally from South Dakota, Jodi Spargur lives in Vancouver, BC (a city on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations). Jodi has an MDiv degree from Regent College in Vancouver and currently runs Healing at the Wounding Place, a movement seeking to catalyze justice and healing between church and Indigenous peoples. She formerly pastored God’s House of Many Faces, a church with a large Indigenous population. During the 2017 Summer Conference of the BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz, we interviewed Jodi about her work alongside Indigenous people. Keep reading...
Deb Norton & Jonathan Sledge
Deb Norton and Jonathan Sledge are longtime members of BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz who live in Raleigh, NC. They are members of Pullen Baptist Church, a BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz Partner Congregation. Deb works as a medical doctor in Raleigh and both are involved with AMOS Health & Hope, an organization ran by missionaries Drs. David & Laura Parajón, that "exists to improve the health of impoverished communities in Nicaragua by working alongside them in health, education and development." As both were children of missionaries, Deb and Jonathan have traveled for much of their lives. Deb grew up in Kenya and the midwest United States while Jonathan spent his childhood in Peru and Louisiana. Both have lived in Raleigh for about 30 years. Keep reading...
Stories of Peacemakers
|Standing with Standing Rock -by Stacey Simpson Duke||
Reflecting on the Past to Change the Future Journey -by Paw Say Ku
Miracle -by George Williamson
The Seed of our Highest Hope -by Rev. Javier Ulloa
The Role of the Church in Times Such as These -by Mary Hammond
Conflict Transformation Training in the Rift Valley, Kenya -by Boaz Kiebarak
What They're Saying
"BPFNA does great peace and justice work all around the world, working with both Baptists and non-Baptists. It's a great support organization also for those on the front line of peace and justice work."
"BPFNA has been instrumental in educating our community and churches regarding issues of Peace and Justice. It has been a great resource in providing workshops. It has been very helpful In keeping us informed about current issues of peace and justice and inspiring us in productive activities. Many of our members have received inspiration and skills by attending the annual 'Peace Camp' and other events."
“The support of BPFNA has been invaluable and has helped the Hispanic Summer Program bring scholars who have taught courses with a very needed focus on peace making. [BPFNA Board President] Mayra Picos-Lee was just a delight this year and as a pastoral counselor very helpful.”
"Grateful for your vulnerability, honesty, and courage. It’s contagious."
“Waging peace is not easy work, and to be in the presence of those with similar values and goals will feed and renew my tired spirit.”
“We are always honored to be known as part of the BPFNA.”
“Delighted to be your partners in peace!”
BPFNA Members in the News
50 years after ‘Beyond Vietnam’: What’s changed? -from Amy Butler (Baptist News Global)
There is nothing too good for the poor -from Greg Jarrell (Baptist News Global)
|Needham church sign welcomes Muslims, immigrants, all neighbors -from Wicked Local Needham||
Muslim justice: A Christian imperative for the Trump years -from Cody Sanders (Baptist News Global)
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