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The Role of the Church in Times Such as These

The Role of the Church in Times Such as These

March 21, 2016 | In times such as these, what does the Church need to look like? The Church can put its head in the sand and hold onto the familiar. Or the church can position itself with open arms and hearts, with daring and bold imaginations. The Church can brazenly, freely, fearlessly offer itself for the sake of this world which God fiercely loves. Read more »

Dates announced for the next Global Baptist Peace Conference

March 9, 2016 | Save the date for the sixth Global Baptist Peace Conference, which will be from January 29 – February 3, 2018 in Cali, Colombia. A theme is still to be determined. This international gathering will bring together Baptists from across the globe who are passionate about nonviolence, social justice, and strengthening the witness of Baptist peacemaking. Read more »

Members selected for BPFNA Working Group on Centering Black Lives

March 8, 2016 | In February 2016, BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz formed a Working Group on Centering Black Lives in Pursuit of Racial Justice. For at least one year, the group will assist BPFNA board and staff in its work to prioritize centering Black life in the organization in pursuit of liberation for all. Read more »

BPFNA Goals for 2016

March 3, 2016 | The BPFNA board and staff present to you our goals for 2016. Please pray for the success of this work as we go forward together to further fulfill our mission and better live into our four-nation identity. Read more »

Something in the Water: Privilege and Poison in Flint Michigan

February 18, 2016 | It must be something in the water, they say… When a common trend takes hold of a community. Like a bunch of women in the same church get pregnant at the same time; or an extended family has a big wave of weddings in one summer; or a bunch of houses in the neighborhood go on the market at the same time... In the instance of a small town in Michigan, it is not proverbial. It is no folksy appellation... It is cloudy; it is dirty; it is poison. And somebody, somewhere knew about it and did nothing... What’s in the water in Flint is the living embodiment of white privilege; and a living example of how real and present racism still is in our culture. Read more »

This Love

This Love

February 17, 2016 | The memories were as fresh as the pineapple and papaya on my breakfast plate at Casa Elinda in Santa Clara... I found a hunger for peace that brought people from their stories and wrapped them together in a deep love that knew not only one homeland. I had been afraid of this love when I arrived. Yet, this love called to me strongly... It was a love that called for me to recreate my life in its wonder, in its nonviolence, and in its hope. Read more »

¡Miren que bueno, que bueno es!

¡Miren que bueno, que bueno es!

February 10, 2016 | Swimming in a tidal pool with a freshwater spring bubbling up from below, jumping off coral formations and telling family stories. Listening to reggaeton while sitting on the Malecon. Barefoot salsa dancing. Stories were shared about the struggles of being a gay man in a machismo culture. Translating jokes from Spanish into English and back again. Digging deep into theologies of peace and justice. Talking about learning to be an ally in the #blacklivesmatter and Standing Up for Racial Justice work in the USA. Praying and walking and singing and worshipping and loving together. Read more »

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