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BPFNAers join with The United Church of Christ as plaintiffs in lawsuit against North Carolina marriage laws

BPFNAers join with The United Church of Christ as plaintiffs in lawsuit against North Carolina marriage laws

May 6, 2014 | On Monday, April 28, the United Church of Christ (UCC) filed a lawsuit in North Carolina arguing that North Carolina’s marriage laws limit ministers’ choices and restrict the freedom of religion guaranteed in the First Amendment, thereby making these laws unconstitutional. While the UCC is the only denominational plaintiff, the suit includes a number of members from other faith traditions. Two of these just so happen to be friends of the BPFNA, Nancy Ellet Allison and Nancy Petty (pastor at BPFNA Partner Congregation Pullen Memorial Baptist Church). Read more »

High Ideals and Hard Teachings: The Church’s Tradition of Evading Jesus

High Ideals and Hard Teachings: The Church’s Tradition of Evading Jesus

May 1, 2014 | Gandhi read the Sermon on the Mount when he was young, and I think it influenced his development of the strategy of nonviolent direct action. It was a basis for his whole life. He said, "The Sermon on the Mount went straight to my heart," and was especially delighted in the section which begins: "But I say unto you, that you resist not evil; but whosoever smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also." He wrote, "A life based on Christian truth was precious and indispensable to me, [but] the Church offered me rules completely at variance with the truth I loved." Read more »

Conflict Transformation Training at the Baptist Convention of Malawi

Conflict Transformation Training at the Baptist Convention of Malawi

April 29, 2014 | From April 18-19, 2014, Lancelot (Lance) Muteyo, director of training and advocacy for the Pan African Peace Network, held a Conflict Transformation session at the Baptist Convention of Malawi (BACOMA). BACOMA is the largest association of Baptists in Malawi and among the most influential in Southern Africa. No one from BACOMA had previously been trained in Conflict Transformation. Read more »

A Reflection on Urban Peacemaking

A Reflection on Urban Peacemaking

April 10, 2014 | It is 4 p.m., Thursday, March 27. I am nervous, slightly apprehensive. Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church is hosting a call-in tonight. Already the police are in front of the church directing traffic, making sure the location is secure. It is always a little startling to walk up the street to the church and see all the police cars. Read more »

Peace Prayer

Peace Prayer

March 25, 2014 | A Peace Pole was unveiled at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC on March 24, dedicated to Fr. David Valtierra, former chaplain of the campus Newman Center. BPFNA Operations Coordinator Evelyn Hanneman offered the following ecumenical prayer at the dedication service. Other prayers were offered by a Catholic priest and a Native American in the Catawba language. This Peace Pole joins over 100,000 of them in 180 countries around the world. Many are at Baptist churches. Read more »

Baptist Peace Fellowship board approves 2014 projects

March 24, 2014 | Members of the World Peace Networks (WPN) and Local Peace Networks (LPN) committees affirmed the following projects and focuses for 2014 at the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America’s (BPFNA) board meeting in February 2014. LPN focuses on projects within the BPFNA’s four member countries (Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the United States) while WPN focuses on projects outside of North America. Read more »

Giving the Devil His Due & Caiaphas/Nicodemus Dialog

Giving the Devil His Due & Caiaphas/Nicodemus Dialog

March 7, 2014 | We're pleased to share these two original dramatic pieces written by BPFNA Partner Congregation Pastor Greg Thomas. "Giving the Devil His Due" tells the story of the Temptation from Satan's point of view. "Caiaphas and Nicodemus" imagines the conversation at the emergency meeting of the  Sanhedrin held before Jesus' betrayal. Thanks to Greg for sharing these pieces. You are welcome to use them -- simply be sure to credit Greg. Read more »

Este lado tambien hay sueños:

Este lado tambien hay sueños:

March 5, 2014 | BPFNA board member Nathan Watts participated in a recent immersion experience in Tijuana, Mexico with help from our Baptist Fair Trade Project Scholarship Fund. The trip was planned and led by fellow board member Mayra Picos-Lee and hosted by board member Adalia Gutiérrez-Lee and her husband Ray Schellinger. These are Nathan’s reflections on the experience. Read more »

The Rising of Boaz Keibarack

The Rising of Boaz Keibarack

March 4, 2014 | As long as history can recall, the Turkana and Pokot ethnic groups have organized cattle raids against each other. Conflict began as a result of livestock theft, and the two groups have since been through numerous periods of war. The escalation of violence between Turkana and Pokot communities shows no sign of ending, and it is becoming increasingly destructive and less manageable. However, after attending a Conflict Transformation training led by Dan Buttry, a young man named Boaz Keibarack found the tools needed to go into these villages and conduct peace talks between the two warring groups. Read more »


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