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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 »

Entering Unknown Lands

Entering Unknown Lands

June 1, 2015 | Every day I cross borders and enter unknown lands where the language, customs and religious practices are foreign to me. I am a hospital chaplain in Southeast Louisiana. Recently, crossing these borders has led me into patients’ rooms where there is a new diagnosis of HIV or AIDS, and the patients have had no previous idea they were ill. I am left wondering how we had crossed this border so long ago and, yet, here we are in 2015 with patients struggling with and dying of this disease after we worked so hard for so long towards education, treatment and advocacy for ourselves and our patients. It feels as if we never crossed that border at all. Read more »

BPFNA Hires Hortensia Azucena Picos Lee as Spanish Resource Manager!

BPFNA Hires Hortensia Azucena Picos Lee as Spanish Resource Manager!

May 26, 2015 | BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz welcomes Hortensia Azucena Picos Lee to the BPFNA staff as the Spanish Resource Manager! This is a new, part-time position that will focus on editing Spanish materials, translating English materials for Spanish-speaking audiences, and assisting fellow staff in communicating with Spanish-speaking partners and congregations. Read more »

On High Holy Days

On High Holy Days

May 25, 2015 | In 1996, I responded to a request from an older adult in the retirement community where I work as a chaplain to provide services for Rosh Hashanah. "The High Holy Days are coming soon. What are you going to do for us? Surely that was a part of your training." I laughed, but she was serious, so we embarked upon a series of discussions on how to make this a possibility for the handful of people who might come. Together Esther and I constructed two one-hour services to honor Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Signs went up in the community announcing the services and inviting people to attend. Read more »

Crossing the Borders of Difference and Joining Together as One

Crossing the Borders of Difference and Joining Together as One

May 18, 2015 | A congregation I once served was a merged congregation of a larger progressive congregation and a smaller conservative congregation. At the time of the merger, neither congregation was welcoming to lgbt people. When the time came for that discussion, it tended to be the remnant of the smaller congregation that was opposed to the decision to become Open and Affirming. Nevertheless, the whole congregation voted to cast its lot with those who were welcoming of lgbt persons and virtually no one left the congregation. Arriving several years later, however, I wasn’t sure how being out would play with those now older and more conservative folks. I knew they loved the church and would be polite, but I wondered how receptive they would be to me.  Read more »


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