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Amnesty, Forgiveness and Justice in Mexico, Can They Coexist?

October 9, 2018 | In Mexico, we have been talking a lot about amnesty in recent months due to the "amnesty" policy which the new government led by the next President of the Republic Andrés Manuel López Obrador plans to implement when they take office on December 1. It represents a brave and different treatment to the issue of violence, a true attempt to achieve social reconciliation in a broad sense, a solution to face the pain and heal the fractures left by violence. The question arises whether it is possible for people and communities that have suffered the horrors of crime can forgive those who have filled their lives with so much pain. Read more »

Racial Reconciliation with Austin Heights Baptist Church

Racial Reconciliation with Austin Heights Baptist Church

September 28, 2018 | Austin Heights Baptist Church (a BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz Partner Congregation) and Zion Hill First Baptist Church in Nacogdoches, Texas, have enjoyed a partnership more than 48 years. They have worked hard at growing this partnership and friendship. On Friday, Sept. 21, the two congregations came together to co-sponsor a panel discussion and dialogue on telling stories of life during segregation in Nacogdoches. And on Saturday, Sept. 22, an all-day event was held at Austin Heights and was co-sponsored by the Region VII Anti-Racism Network of the Episcopal Church, USA. Read more »

Mexico and its Founding Rupture

September 28, 2018 | The candidate elected for president of Mexico has labeled his next government as "the fourth transformation", assuming that there were three other specific events in the history of Mexico that radically transformed it (Independence, Reform and Revolution). This is an ambitious idea that aims to make Mexico a more democratic, more inclusive, less unequal country with greater growth without losing financial stability. This moment presents an opportunity to allow Mexicans to obtain from their homeland everything they need to be happy, to eradicate inequality and poverty by eliminating their causes, to pursue a vision that raises peace and prosperity as the fruits of justice. It is not easy to achieve these objectives considering the state of the country near the end of the Enrique Peña Nieto’s current government. What Mexico is about to experience is a "founding rupture". What is this? Read more »

Trauma, resilience, racism: thoughts on moving forward

Trauma, resilience, racism: thoughts on moving forward

September 27, 2018 | How often do you notice complete invisibility in others? It’s painful for me as a white person to recognize this reality. It’s even more painful to know that, until relatively recently, I hadn’t noticed it. It’s painful to begin to think through the tangled national history that brought us to this place... I have choices as to what to do with all that pain. I can dismiss, deny, diminish or discount it. Or I can hold it and let it change me and my behavior... If you let those stories change and shape you, you can help to write a new story of healing. Read more »

Registration open for the 2019 Global Baptist Peace Conference

Registration open for the 2019 Global Baptist Peace Conference

September 25, 2018 | Registration is now open for the 6th Global Baptist Peace Conference that will take place in Cali, Colombia from 15-20 July on the campus of the Baptist University of Cali (Unibautista). The conference theme, Peace in Our Land: Toward a World without Violence, will provide an overarching guide for a week filled with thought-provoking workshops and activities; inspiring leaders who are all devoted to the work of peacemaking; and challenging, age appropriate programming on a variety of ways to practice peace. Anyone interested in peacemaking should attend! Read more »

Passionately Pursuing Peace

August 31, 2018 | Check out the latest blog post from member Leroy Seat. In this piece called "Passionately Pursuing Peace," Leroy discusses several Baptist organizations and individuals who are working for peace around the globe (and you might even learn a little history of BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz!). Read more »

Allies & Accomplices

August 2, 2018 | The experiences of many of the multiple forms of oppression are a lot like prisons. Allow me now to take you back to the scripture again. Paul and Silas were freed because an earthquake shook the foundations of the prison which freed them from their prison doors and chains. Let me ask you this. What earthquake(s) do we need in order to shake the foundations of white supremacy? Read more »

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