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Developing Empathy – How Crossing One Border Was Just The Beginning

Developing Empathy – How Crossing One Border Was Just The Beginning

August 10, 2015 | “I know how you feel” is one of the most dangerous phrases any one person can say to another. We may know how we have felt or how we suspect we would feel in a similar situation, but we seldom fully know how another person feels. I have the privilege of serving as Senior Pastor of Lake Avenue Baptist Church (LABC) in Rochester, New York. In recent years LABC has seen an incredible influx of refugees from Burma. I have crossed a border to the United States. Our friends from Burma have crossed many borders to get here. I have faced some challenges. The difference is that I am a highly educated, English speaking, Westerner coming from a country that despite it’s differences still is similar enough for me to navigate the system. Our Burmese friends have different challenges. I would never say “I know how you feel” to our Burmese friends. I do not. Read more »

Crossing Borders: My Experience with People with Different Abilities

Crossing Borders: My Experience with People with Different Abilities

August 3, 2015 | For the past two and a half years, I have worked as a caregiver in West Virginia and North Carolina. My experience with people living with disabilities has flipped my worldview on its head, both socially and spiritually. I know how little I understand God’s ultimate plans. These experiences have strengthened my understanding of the humanity of all people and my belief that we exist to create a community that allows each of us to reach our fullest God-given potential—a community where all of us can teach and learn from one another. As a caregiver, I have learned that I must embrace and open my heart to being taught just as much, if not more, than I teach. Read more »

¿Por qué estoy emocionado de trabajar en BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz?

¿Por qué estoy emocionado de trabajar en BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz?

July 28, 2015 | Mi nombre es Hortensia Azucena Picos-Lee. Soy originaria de México y crecí en Tampico, Tamaulipas, que es una ciudad situada en el noreste del país. Tengo una licenciatura en Ciencias de la Computación del Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Tamaulipas (IEST) en Tampico, y a lo largo de los años he desarrollado experiencia profesional como editora técnica en español para varias organizaciones. Lo más importante, soy una mujer cristiana, que al igual que todos/as nosotros/as, fue creada por Dios con el propósito de servir a Dios ya los demás. Esto significa que como cristiana, el servicio no es opcional para mí, sino es en el centro de mi vida cristiana, porque Jesucristo vino a servir a los demás. Read more »

Crossing Borders: Lessons from the Edges

Crossing Borders: Lessons from the Edges

July 27, 2015 | “When your mother and I moved to New Mexico, we determined we’d be different from those English outsiders," [Dad told us three siblings]. "We’d learn from native peoples here, people whose forebears were beaten for speaking their own languages and pressured by outsiders to ‘convert’ from their own religion/cultures.” So we three kids joined Mrs. White’s tiny after-school Spanish class at Montezuma School (it being impractical to find teachers of Tewa, Tiwa or Navajo). That was the first border I recall crossing.    Read more »

Crossing Internal Borders

Crossing Internal Borders

July 20, 2015 | The borders that we cross need not be another country, maybe they ought to be the borders that we impose on each other, judging them because of their race, their gender, their identity, their religion, their class. And while we might feel good about traveling to a foreign country to learn from another culture, we have even more responsibility to examine our own blinders even within our own community. Maybe the border we need to cross is the border between fear and hope, between courage and grace, between being right and being curious. Read more »

Join Us for a BPFNA Delegation to Ferguson!

July 11, 2015 | APPLICATIONS DUE BY JULY 17! A small group of 6-8 persons who commit to serve in this working group will be selected to participate in BPFNA’s delegation to Ferguson. This delegation is in response to the national call issued by Ferguson Action for participation in a week of training, education, and direct action during the anniversary of Michael Brown’s murder. Read more »


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