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Interfaith Coalition Issues Statement on Parkland School Shooting and Call to Action

February 19, 2018 | On Wednesday, February 14, seventeen lives were taken from this Earth at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. We mourn this loss of life, and the transformation of a place of learning and community into a site of death and destruction. To the dead, the injured, and the hundreds of family members, friends, and communities that are grieving, we commit our prayers and our tireless action to prevent gun violence. The shooting in Parkland is the 30th mass shooting since the beginning of the year, six weeks ago. No other country in the world tolerates this level of deadly slaughter. Gun violence shames this country daily. Read more »

Reading the Bible in Rome: A Pastoral Letter at the Beginning of a New Year

Reading the Bible in Rome: A Pastoral Letter at the Beginning of a New Year

January 10, 2018 | Not too long ago, I got an email from my colleague Katie Cook that simply said, “I know too many people.” I knew exactly what she meant. Everywhere in every way people we know and love are threatened, are dying. Hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires; the end of DACA; a rising tide of white supremacy encouraged and embraced by our own empire; tax policies with the purpose of creating poverty so as to insure wealth; women and girls abused on the streets, in our workplaces and in our homes; a state with an unchecked mandate to imprison and execute; the termination of protective status for immigrants from Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador. Everywhere we look we see the same violent brew of religion and state willing to offer up any “other” for sacrifice. The veil has been pulled back and the ugliness revealed. Of late, all my Bible reading feels likes reading the Bible in Rome.  Read more »

Why We Worked for Indigenous Peoples' Day in Oberlin

Why We Worked for Indigenous Peoples' Day in Oberlin

January 1, 2018 | In 1992, Berkley, CA, became the first city in the United States to reject Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day. Twenty-five years later, as of Oct. 9, Time reports a list of 55 cities which have done the same—as well as three universities, three states, two cities which celebrate both, and South Dakota, which replaced Columbus Day with Native American Day in 1990. More communities are considering the same, including Washington, DC itself. As of October 2017, Oberlin, OH, is on the list, and Cindi and Jeriel Byron-Dixon can tell you why. Read more »

Away Put the Stranger

December 22, 2017 | Original lyrics for a National Homeless Memorial Day service Hymn by longtime BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz member Greg Thomas.    Read more »

Practicando Amor Valiente

Practicando Amor Valiente

December 21, 2017 | 2017, aunque bastante difícil, ha sido también testigo del nacimiento de vida nueva para nuestra organización de maneras que no habíamos experimentado antes. La agonía y la intensidad de este año han llegado con giros inesperados y sorpresas asombrosas en un camino muy difícil que a fines del 2016, solamente anticipaba más dolor, polarización y violencia en los Estados Unidos y en todo el mundo. ¡Aquí es donde yace el verdadero milagro! En un año en que nuestras estructuras políticas han demostrado nuevamente sus limitaciones para promover una transformación social duradera para la paz enraízada en la justicia, personas de fé de todos los rincones del mundo, con diversos antecedentes, perspectivas espirituales, religiosas y teológicas, se han movido a la acción devota y valiente de maneras muy creativas. Nuestra organización de pacificadores y pacificadoras, BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz, ha sido uno de estos grupos. Read more »

An Open Letter to US President Donald Trump

December 21, 2017 | An open letter to US President Donald Trump from BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz Founding President George Williamson. Written at our 2017 Summer Conference, the letter was also signed by 97 Conference attendees. Read more »

Una carta abierta al Presidente Donald J. Trump

December 21, 2017 | Una carta abierta al Presidente Donald J. Trump de George Williamson, Presidente fundador de BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz. Escrito en nuestra Conferencia de Verano 2017, la carta también fue firmada por 97 asistentes a la Conferencia. Read more »

Practicing Courageous Love

Practicing Courageous Love

December 21, 2017 | 2017, as difficult as it has been, has borne witness to the birth of new life for our organization in ways that we have not experienced before. The agony and intensity of this year has come with unexpected turns and amazing surprises on a very difficult road that, at the end of 2016, mostly predicted more grief, polarization and violence in the US and throughout the world. Here is where the real miracle lies! In a year when our political structures have again proven their limitations at promoting long lasting social transformation for peace rooted in justice, people of faith from all corners of the world, from varying backgrounds and different spiritual, religious and theological perspectives have been moved to prayerful and courageous action in very creative ways. Our organization of peacemakers, BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz, has been one of these groups. Read more »

10 Great Things to Give for the Holidays

December 13, 2017 | You work for peace rooted in justice! Shouldn’t your gift-giving do the same? Here are 10 gift-giving ideas for lovers of peace and justice. We’ve focused on grassroots efforts led by people we know so that you can be positive that your gift will matter and will be used wisely and well. Read more »

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