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Becoming an Ally

April 29, 2015 | It’s easier to be an ally to someone whom you know and love. It’s also easier to be an ally around the “little things” – like helping someone across the street or with packages they can’t carry. But the justice work of equity and inclusion can be difficult – especially when it is around difficult issues of race and sexuality. And often those who are marginalized and underrepresented feel they are the only ones educating others and fighting the battles of oppression and bias. They need allies. Read more »

BPFNA Members and Friends Receive ABHMS Ministry Awards

April 28, 2015 | Selected by American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) board of directors from nominations submitted by clergy and laypersons across the United States and Puerto Rico, a number of American Baptist clergy and lay leaders will receive awards for significant faith-based work. Many of them are members and/or friends of BPFNA! Read more »

Crossing Borders for Peace: A Conflict Transformation Training on the Border of Uganda and Kenya

Crossing Borders for Peace: A Conflict Transformation Training on the Border of Uganda and Kenya

April 28, 2015 | The training was held in the Amudat District also known as Karamoja cluster due to mixture of pastoralist grazing their livestock together. It borders Kenya in the West and Uganda in the North East. The region is populated by three tribe communities (Karamoja, Pokot and Turkana) located along the border of Kenya and Uganda. Karomoja tribes are the majority while Pokot and Turkana are minorities in the region. Access to pastures and water for the livestock of the minority groups have been minimalized by the majority group. This has caused daily conflict over sharing of the resources. Read more »

Vamos Todos al Banquete

Vamos Todos al Banquete

April 27, 2015 | "Let us go now to the banquet, to the feast of the universe. The table’s set and a place is waiting. I will rise in the early morning; the community’s waiting for me. With a spring in my step I’m walking with my friends and my family. God invites all the poor and hungry to the banquet of justice and good; where the harvest will not be hoarded so that no one will lack for food. May we build a place among us where all people are equal in love; For God has called us to work together and to share everything we have." Read more »

Crossing Borders In Times of Suffering

Crossing Borders In Times of Suffering

April 20, 2015 | In my work as a Chaplain and Pastoral Educator, I often encounter people in the halls of the hospital looking lost and bewildered. A hospital can feel like a strange and even hostile land to those whose lives have been interrupted with unexpected crisis. It is a self-contained community with a particular language, culture, and set of social norms that can be difficult to navigate for outsiders. Within this world there are structures that can be even more alienating for those who live on the margins of society. As chaplains, we are called to cross the borders that cause persons to feel unseen and unheard in this world of healthcare. Read more »

The Gospel Call to Cross Borders

The Gospel Call to Cross Borders

April 13, 2015 | During my childhood and adolescence I never imagined I could cross a border. This does not mean that I never dreamed of crossing borders. On the contrary, I spent many hours reading the Encyclopedia and the Atlas; learning the names of the nations of the world, the colors of their flags; leaning about their location and their capitals. I enjoyed dreaming that, someday, I will visit as many countries as it was possible. Read more »

El llamado evangélico a cruzar las fronteras

El llamado evangélico a cruzar las fronteras

April 13, 2015 | En mi niñez y temprana juventud, nunca se me ocurrió que podría cruzar una frontera. Esto no quiere decir que nunca soñé con hacerlo. Por el contrario, pasaba horas leyendo la enciclopedia y el atlas; aprendiendo los nombres de las naciones del mundo y el color de sus banderas; aprendiendo su localización y sus capitales.  Read more »


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