logo

News

Crossing Borders of Belonging

Crossing Borders of Belonging

June 22, 2015 | My husband Stan and I crossed the border to come to Cuba July 1, 2014. We are living in Matanzas, teaching in the Evangelical Seminary and working with the Fraternity of Baptist Churches in Cuba as well as with the Kairos Center in Matanzas... We have found that we belong here in Cuba as much as we belong any place in the world. I still haven’t figured out how that can be, with our language, cultural and class differences, but it has been a pleasure to try and figure it out. At present, I chalk it up to God’s grace and peacemaking that happened while I wasn’t looking, the majority of the peacemaking work being done by my Cuban sisters and brothers. Read more »

Responses to Charleston

Responses to Charleston

June 22, 2015 | On Wednesday, June 17, 2015 a white gunman walked into a historic black church in Charleston, SC and open-fired, killing nine people, "and in the process, shattered lives and any remaining illusion that there are spaces where black lives are protected in the United States" (Rolling in Sackcloths and Ashes, Bailey). Known as "Mother Emanuel," the Emanuel AME Church's congregation was formed in 1791 by free and enslaved African Americans. It was the first AME church in the South and is the oldest AME church in the US. Read more »

Eschatology: Theology in History, Promise of Justice, and Peacemaking

Eschatology: Theology in History, Promise of Justice, and Peacemaking

June 17, 2015 | BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz Board President, Rev. Dr. Amaury Tañón-Santos, recently taught a course at the Mayan Intercultural Seminary (SIM) in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. The following is a report from Dalia Juárez Fernández, the General/Academic Coordinator of SIM, on the success of the class (in both Spanish and English).  Read more »

Border Song

Border Song

June 15, 2015 | The first time I came to Cuba, I heard a baptist church choir singing what I later learned was something of a Latin American anthem during the 90s, Danos Un Corazón. The chorus translates, give us a heart big enough to love, strong enough to struggle. I knew no Spanish, but I felt a great deal of resonance in the line of a verse someone translated for me: gente nueva, amando sin fronteras/new people, loving without borders. My theological/ethical education had as a centerpiece this idea of crossing borders, of tearing down the walls that divide us as a people. That’s what I was doing there in that Havana church in 1998, and I felt some sense of pride. But after 20 of these short-term border crossings into Cuba, and 9 months into a longer stay, I am beginning to question the wisdom of my progressive theological value, of this utopian quest to love “without borders.” Read more »

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

June 10, 2015 | This page is dedicated to the Black Lives Matter Movement and the pieces we have received from those in the BPFNA community in response to the events happening around the U.S. As always, if you have written something you'd like to share (on Baltimore, the larger issues involved, or other issues of justice) we'd love to have a copy. Read more »

The Seed of our Highest Hope

The Seed of our Highest Hope

June 9, 2015 | I dream with a Christian movement committed with the proclamation of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, with its message of peace, justice, dignity, hope and life for all; with a prophetic movement that has the courage to live and die for a better future for all humanity. We have to convert our lives into the seeds of highest hope! Read more »

Choosing to Live in the Borderlands

Choosing to Live in the Borderlands

June 8, 2015 | I choose to live my life in the borderlands. Elijo vivir en la frontera. There are so many circumstances that I chose or were chosen for me that have left me in this space. I am committed to using my privilege to walk alongside those on the other side of the border. Geographically, nationally, physically.... I will not let those borders keep me from pursuing social justice. Read more »

BREAKING NEWS: Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Jr. announced as Keynote Speaker at the BPFNA Peace Breakfast at the ABC Mission Summit!

BREAKING NEWS: Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Jr. announced as Keynote Speaker at the BPFNA Peace Breakfast at the ABC Mission Summit!

June 8, 2015 | Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Jr. will be the Keynote Speaker at this year's Peace Breakfast at the American Baptist Churches Mission Summit in Overland Park, KS. The breakfast will be at 7 a.m. on Sunday, June 28. Rev. Smith is the senior pastor of Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, CA. He will speak on The Black Lives Matter Movement: A Call to Christian Action and will connect this issue with other national and international issues that deal with oppressive structures of dehumanization. Read more »


Peacemaker Fair Trade Project Meet Our Members Donate to BPFNA Buy Resources