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Centering New Voices

February 12, 2019 | In a momentous board meeting in 2014, we agreed to affirm the name “Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America” as an important part of the history that grounds us while beginning to refer to ourselves as BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz. We acknowledged this as an aspirational move – reflecting not so much who we already were but who we wanted to become. The journey continues with disparate voices in different places in diverse ways all calling us to continue to move out of the Center which has been our home and into something wholly new, centering voices and perspectives previously marginalized. 2019 will be a crucial year in this journey! YOU are crucial to this journey! Read more »

Meet Our New Board Members!

January 22, 2019 | Join us in welcoming four new members to our board of directors as well as one returning member serving a second three-year term. The BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz membership overwhelmingly chose to affirm our 2018-2019 slate of candidates. Newly-elected board memebrs include Rev. Jaime Escobar (New York, NY), Verónica Garibay-Bravo (Querétaro, México), Rev. Gail Hill (Chico, CA) and Rev. Jessica Torres-Torres (Scottsdale, AZ). We also welcome back Rev. Anita Peebles (Seattle, WA) who was elected to serve a second three-year term. We also welcome Melissa Schellinger Gutierrez as our newest Youth and Young Adult (TYAYA) Representative. The TYAYA Reps are elected by the youth and young adults each year at Summer Conference. Read more »

Here are some easy ways to increase the impact of your gift

January 15, 2019 | We are deeply grateful to everyone who gives to support our work of gathering, equipping and mobilizing peacemakers throughout the world. Your generosity changes —and even saves—lives. If you’d like to increase the impact of your gifts, here are some options to consider. Read more »

Engaging Together in the Complexities of Religion, Social Conflict and Peacebuilding

Engaging Together in the Complexities of Religion, Social Conflict and Peacebuilding

January 4, 2019 | Thanks to the generous support of BPFNA, I had the honor of presenting a peacebuilding course during the 2018 Hispanic Summer Program. The title of the course was “Religion, Social Conflict and Peacebuilding.” I was interested in expanding appreciation of religious peacebuilding studies within the Latinx theological and ministerial community. [The course] highlighted topics such as theories of conflict analysis, scholarly approaches to peacebuilding and religious peacebuilding, the contribution of truth commissions and trials, religious meanings and components of reconciliation processes, the involvement of civil society and the global justice movement in peacebuilding, the characteristics of interreligious dialogue for peacebuilding, feminist critical approaches to peacebuilding, and the constructive function of religions for a spirituality of solidarity, peacemaking and reconciliation. Read more »

To everything there is a season

January 3, 2019 | After 20 years, my season at BPFNA comes to an end. BPFNA has offered me a variety of growth opportunities as well as time spent with people dedicated to working for peace rooted in justice in North America and around the world. Read more »

A year like no other!

December 27, 2018 | My dear friends, there are a lot of new and exciting changes happening in 2019, and many of them are the result of the faithful witness of many people over the years. 2019 is going to be a year like no other year in the life of BPFNA~Bautistas por la Paz!  It is going to be a year of movement, changes, dislocation and relocation that will indeed grow our commitment for peace and justice throughout the world! It is a year that is going to be as exciting as it may be scary because we are daring to go where we have not gone before as an organization. [But] God is calling us to be a community of people who are moved into risky action by the depth of our hearts. Read more »

A reflection on the Migrant Caravan

December 12, 2018 | Recently we have been listening a lot in Mexico, thanks to the information disseminated in the media and social networks, about the phenomenon of the migrant caravan that began its journey through Mexico from October 2018, with the objective of reaching The United States of America. A contingent of approximately 8,400 people, mainly from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, left Central America and have been traveling through Mexico to go to the United States of America. This form of mobilization of migrants from Central America is not something new at all, for at least ten years these types of mobilizations have been carried out in caravans organized by groups of activists in southern Mexico, in a time close to the Easter time. But this mobilization has attracted the attention of the Mexican media and the United States, due to the situation of the arrival of Donald Trump to the presidency of the latter country in 2017 and the harsh measures that he has announced will apply to the members of this caravan who intend to cross the border. Read more »

Immersion in Tijuana

Immersion in Tijuana

December 12, 2018 | When I decided to participate in the Immersion in Tijuana 2018 experience, I had no idea of what it will mean to my life. I have never had to live the wretched experience of having to abandon my family or my country in search of “better” opportunities. It would be very difficult for me to uproot myself from my family. There were plenty of experiences lived in this immersion, yet I would like to highlight some that impacted my life the most. Read more »

New books from our members

December 10, 2018 | Here we feature a couple new books from BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz members Greg Jarrell (A Riff of Love) and Martha Kearse (The Sun is Up).  Read more »

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