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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 »

An Update from the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico

December 11, 2017 | With Hurricane Maria on September 20, we entered a different level of emergency as whole communities, communications, water, electrical network, as well as transportation avenues were completely wiped out in the whole island. Without electricity and water, with blocked streets, fallen bridges, etc., and telecommunications down (only 240 towers were standing from 1,600), 3.4 millions of people were left without communication and rapid response from governmental agencies was greatly hindered. The Seminary was a site of utmost destruction with fallen tress blocking all entrances and debris all over. The campus, chapel, and student housing suffered the most damage. The water affected offices and classrooms but we were most concerned over humidity in the library endangering books and treasured archives. For now, all the classes are being given on Saturdays at the Interamerican Metro University facilities while we work out cleaning up and repairing our campus. Read more »

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