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When Justice and Peace Kiss

December 8, 2014 | The incidents in Ferguson and New York have not only highlighted longstanding racial tensions, but have also laid bare the disparities facing black citizens throughout our country. While these cases raise questions about the prevalence of racial profiling and police misconduct, they also reach far beyond that, stressing ongoing issues of economic inequality, housing discrimination and unequal access to adequate education. And it rises from the deep fear and despair that clings to walls of inner-city tenements, and reeks from the tar paper shacks that still dot the Old South. Read more »

Being There for Kids in Foster Care: My Vocation as a Peacemaker

Being There for Kids in Foster Care: My Vocation as a Peacemaker

December 1, 2014 | The following story is part of the Vocation of Peacemaking series where we asked members and friends of the BPFNA to write brief essays on their peacemaking work. Each story is a wonderful reminder that there are as many ways to live a life of peace as there are people, and that we can act for peace in real and important ways wherever we find ourselves. This essay comes from Sterling Oliver who has been a Guardian ad Litem (a court-appointed, trained volunteer who advocates for abused and neglected children) for more than four years. Read more »

New Eyes: A Call to Action

November 26, 2014 | A reflection on Ferguson from Reverend Kadia A. Edwards, a BPFNA member and member of the BPFNA Board of Directors, elected to represent the Youth and Young Adults. Read more »

Responses to Ferguson

Responses to Ferguson

November 25, 2014 | In the aftermath of the non-indictment in Ferguson, here are some reflections you may find helpful. If you have something to share with the BPFNA network, PLEASE send it to us so we can share it. Read more »

Responses to President Obama's Speech on Immigration

November 24, 2014 | We are grateful for the many people and many churches in so many places speaking for and acting for justice. Here you'll find some of the most thoughtful responses we've seen to President Obama's speech on immigration. Keep watching for more information and resources on this topic and more. Read more »

Building a Culture of Peace: The Vocation of Peacemaking

Building a Culture of Peace: The Vocation of Peacemaking

November 24, 2014 | The following story is part of the Vocation of Peacemaking series where we asked members and friends of the BPFNA to write brief essays on their peacemaking work. Each story is a wonderful reminder that there are as many ways to live a life of peace as there are people, and that we can act for peace in real and important ways wherever we find ourselves. This essay comes from Luis G. Collazo, a retired religion and ethics professor at the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico and pastor in the Baptist Churches of Puerto Rico. Read more »

Four Days in the Life of the BPFNA

November 21, 2014 | Peace, we know, is rooted in justice. We are beyond grateful for our dear friends and colleagues who work for it. See what some of your fellow peacemakers have been up to - just within the last four days! Read more »

November 20 declared a World Day of Fasting, Prayer, and Action

November 20, 2014 | Today (Thursday, November 20) has been declared a WORLD DAY OF FASTING, PRAYER AND ACTION IN SOLIDARITY WITH Ayotzinapa. This day will remember the 43 missing (almost certainly murdered) students and call for justice. In solidarity, we share these two pieces promoting truth-telling and "the legitimate demand for justice in the spirit of peacemaking and nonviolence, so urgent and necessary in our country." We stand with all those acting in creative and courageous ways for real peace in the midst of deep violence. Read more »

Elderspirit: Our Vocation of Peacemaking

Elderspirit: Our Vocation of Peacemaking

November 17, 2014 | The following story is part of the Vocation of Peacemaking series where we asked members and friends of the BPFNA to write brief essays on their peacemaking work. Each story is a wonderful reminder that there are as many ways to live a life of peace as there are people, and that we can act for peace in real and important ways wherever we find ourselves. This essay comes from Linda and Bill Mashburn, long-time BPFNA members who recently moved to a retirement community in Abingdon, VA. Read more »


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