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Playing for Our Lives: Postcard 2 from Uganda

Playing for Our Lives: Postcard 2 from Uganda

December 12, 2015 | The Big Wind Blows, if you watch it without sound, looks like a silly children’s game – the one-fewer-chair-than-kids kind. There’s a stack of cards in the middle of the circle. I start out with the one on top; it’s meant to be easy, comfort-zone stuff. Read more »

Proud to be a Girl: Postcard 1 from Uganda

Proud to be a Girl: Postcard 1 from Uganda

December 11, 2015 | A classroom full of girls, Primary Four to Primary Seven, all dressed alike in sky-blue jumpers, the uniform of Atratraka Primary School, Chiro Town, a few hundred metres from the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The first of a few classes today, it would seem, and I am feeling a bit over my head. Read more »

BPFNA Board selects projects to receive Gavel Peace Fund grants for 2016

November 10, 2015 | At the October 2015 meeting, the BPFNA Board of Directors approved projects to receive Gavel Memorial World Peace Fund grants in 2016. The Gavel Fund was established by a bequest from Victor and Eileen Gavel to support peacemaking projects around the world. The Fund has been typically focused on work outside of North America, and a new Gavel Fund application process was approved in May 2015 to make it more open to partners within the continent. Read more »

I Pray With My Eyes Open

I Pray With My Eyes Open

October 26, 2015 | When I began professional ministry as a young single minister, on Sunday mornings all I needed were my keys, my wallet, and my Bible. Flash-forward six years, and I was packing a bag with diapers, wipes, bottles, a change of clothes for my baby, and an extra blouse in case I was spit up on. I never imagined that twelve years later I would live next door to the church yet still be packing a diaper bag, a lunch, and an iPad to take with me on Sunday mornings. Read more »

A Border Already Crossed

A Border Already Crossed

October 12, 2015 | Recent studies suggest that one out of four adults suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder. That equates to 50 million people in the United States, with 12 million falling in the "serious or chronic" category. This is equal to the percentage of the US population diagnosed with cancer, heart disease, HIV, AIDS, and diabetes combined. Mental illness is a part of the human condition. It always has been and always will be. To ignore these individuals — to pretend they are "out there" rather than "right here" — is to create a non-existent border. This is the land in which we live. Read more »

Help BPFNA Colour the Dove!

Help BPFNA Colour the Dove!

October 7, 2015 | BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz (BPFNA) launches its 2nd annual Colour the Dove campaign with the goal of raising $6,500 for #GivingTuesday. The campaign will run from October 7 and end on December 1, the official #GivingTuesday 2015 date.  Read more »

Crossing Borders for Earth Justice

Crossing Borders for Earth Justice

October 5, 2015 | As both a pastor and a career violinist in the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, I was not looking for more to do. I joined this movement because my frequent words of apology to my own children for the wreck of a planet my generation seemed to be leaving them began to ring hollow. The scientific consensus on our global crisis of climate was in. My faith included a call to serve and preserve the creation (Genesis 2:15). It was past time to act to help ensure that, at the end of the day, people of faith have done their part to safeguard creation and all of its inhabitants for generations to come. Read more »

Crossing Borders with Vocal Work

Crossing Borders with Vocal Work

September 28, 2015 | Ever been asked to step outside your comfort zone? You may recall some inner dialog before making your choice. After a transgendered coworker requested help learning the speech and nonverbal behaviors of another gender, I first questioned my abilities, capacity, and lack of experience. Then I remembered 1 Peter 4:10-11: “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.” Using this command as my staff, I took my first, stumbling steps, over the border. Read more »


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