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Training of Conflict Transformation Trainers

Training of Conflict Transformation Trainers

August 20, 2015 | In June 2015, BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz sponsored a 10-day Training of Conflict Transformation Trainers at the International Hope Center in Hamtramck, MI. The training was led by Dan Buttry and focused on conflict analysis, conflict resolution, personal conflict styles, diversity in conflict, power issues, and more. Twelve people participated and came from the US, Syria, Sri Lanka, Holland, and Myanmar/Burma. Read more »

Oak Ridge Hiroshima Demonstration

Oak Ridge Hiroshima Demonstration

August 19, 2015 | Oak Ridge, Tennessee is the “birthplace” of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 because all the highly enriched uranium fuel for Little Boy was manufactured there. In fact, Oak Ridge's Y-12 plant currently produces all the thermonuclear cores for refurbishing all of the U.S. nuclear warheads. So it seemed important to about 150 people to gather in Oak Ridge on Saturday, August 8th to march to the Y-12 plant and hang peace cranes on its fence, trying to commemorate the death of 140,000 civilian Japanese and say “no” to the proposed spending of billions of taxpayer dollars to replace the aging plant. Read more »

Julian Bond - American Revolutionary

Julian Bond - American Revolutionary

August 18, 2015 | One of Julian Bond’s heroes, Frederick Douglass, died at 77 in his Washington, D.C. home, cared for by a loving wife and comrade. NAACP Chair Emeritus Bond died at 75. He leaves his loving wife, Pam, at their Washington home, along with his blood and Movement children, like me, across the nation, who have learned much from his example on the Long March for Justice. Read more »

Crossing the Border of History

Crossing the Border of History

August 17, 2015 | In April of 2013, I made a personal pilgrimage to Hiroshima and crossed many borders. But the greatest boundary I crossed was the “border of history.” The reason for my journey was to meet and interview a survivor of the Hiroshima A-bomb and lifetime peacemaker Hiromu Morishta (now in his 86th year). I wanted to hear and record his story of the day the Bomb dropped. It is crucial that we preserve such accounts. Like many in the BPFNA, I believe we can never lose sight of the human face of violence and war in our witness for peace and justice. Read more »

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 »


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