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Sin & grace, learning & breakthrough: a story of recovery for us all

June 1, 2016 | In his autobiography, Born in Sin, Upended in Grace: A Memoir, George Williamson reflects on his birth into a household that was on the wrong side of major social-moral issues of the twentieth century: racist, militarist, misogynist, homophobic, anti-Semitic, nationalist, elitist, and environmentally profligate. Over the course of the memoir, Williamson writes with a fierce passion about the ways he was catapulted from these “sins,” as he calls them, into “grace” – his recovery – by the signature social movements in the latter half of the twentieth century. Read more »

La justicia ante la crisis en Puerto Rico

La justicia ante la crisis en Puerto Rico

May 24, 2016 | Abordar la crisis económica en Puerto Rico debe ocupar un espacio importante en la vida de la iglesia. La consecuencia de las decisiones económicas de las últimas administraciones ha sumido a Puerto Rico en una de sus peores crisis, no tan sólo económicas, sino también sociales e incluso espirituales. Actualmente, Puerto Rico cuenta con una deuda de US$72.000 millones. Como iglesia tenemos que levantar la voz al unísono para afirmar y exigir la justicia ante la crisis y presentar de forma clara los actores que nos llevaron a esta crisis.  Read more »

Too Much of a Good Thing: A Transgender Challenge for Pentecost

May 23, 2016 | This story from Genesis is confusing and confounding. There isn’t a picture in our scriptures, anywhere, that depicts people who seem to have gotten their act together any better than this text. Just imagine: The people had one language and the same words. No communication barriers. They had migrated together, and had settled, in order to build community. They knew their strength was in numbers. They didn’t want to be scattered so they stopped, to build the first city in the world! Yes, God could see what a good thing it was – but God also knew that too much of a good thing. God also knows, looking across human history, that we have never been able to handle too much of a good thing. Read more »

Meet the 2016 Summer Conference Leadership!

Meet the 2016 Summer Conference Leadership!

May 18, 2016 | Summer Conference will be here before you know it! And we have some great leaders coming for the week. Recently we were able to speak with some of them to learn more about them, their work, and their passion for social justice. Read more »

Being Chameleons

Being Chameleons

April 26, 2016 | One of the excitements and joys and terrors (!) of leading trainings is that you NEVER really know what's going to happen. I walked in with a version of the standard "lesson plan" I have used for the past several years to teach about transforming conflict. I tweak it and update it, but I use the same basic tools and concepts over and over. There were about 20 of us. Of that, 18 were born outside the United States and are either here as students or as immigrants. The discussion of conflict types (the first big tool we get to) fell apart (or broke open!) almost immediately. Read more »

A New Online Master of Theological Studies in Latino/a Ministries Program from Palmer Theological Seminary

April 8, 2016 | Palmer Theological Seminary is excited to announce a new Online Master of Theological Studies in Latino/a Ministries program which will be offered in Spanish. This 36 credit hours program is a fully accredited degree that prepares women and men in pastoral ministry and/or church leadership through a series of courses in the areas of biblical studies, theology and practice of ministry in a manner that is contextualized to the needs of Latino/a communities. Read more »

Do Not Be Afraid: Changing the Narrative in the Midst of Racial Conflict

Do Not Be Afraid: Changing the Narrative in the Midst of Racial Conflict

March 30, 2016 | On Saturday, March 19 at St. John's Baptist Church in Charlotte, BPFNA held its first Conflict Transformation training specifically focused on racial justice and changing the narrative in the midst of racial conflict. Called Do Not Be Afraid, the theme for the training was inspired by a quote from civil rights champion John Lewis, “If we want to build the beloved community, we cannot be afraid.” Read more »

Maundy Thursday 2016: North Carolina and the Politics of Death

March 24, 2016 | I’m sitting in the Des Moines airport. Having finished two days of workshops at Graceland University, I am headed home to Charlotte, my beloved home of twenty-plus years. I call my husband to let him know the flight is on time, that I think I’ll be able to make the Maundy Thursday communion service at church tonight. With a heavy sigh he says, “It was a bad day in North Carolina yesterday.” I ignore him. Read more »


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