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Help us to cross borders to create peace

Help us to cross borders to create peace

November 28, 2016 | This summer when we gather for the first time in Mexico, we imagine hundreds of conversations that will cross borders of language, faith, age, culture, setting, identity -- and hundreds of peacemakers going home renewed, refreshed, and ready for more informed and connected action. Your gifts will help us make the conference as transformative as possible.  Read more »

A report from Standing Rock (and actions you can take to support the work)

November 28, 2016 | During the six days I was in the Oceti Sakowin camp, I spent most of my time as a member of the Water Protectors Legal Collective, observing actions and helping with jail support. A part of my job was sitting with people and recording their experiences of police brutality. I recorded stories of police breaking ribs at peaceful sit-ins, repeatedly strip-searching young women, throwing elders in dog cages, destroying sacred ceremonial items, dragging indigenous young people from cars, and denying medical care or needed medicine after protectors were teargassed and beaten. It is clear that the military forces protecting DAPL intend to destroy this movement by any means necessary. Read more »

Standing with Standing Rock

Standing with Standing Rock

November 23, 2016 | “My good heart goes to your good heart.” These were the words of a Lakota woman at Standing Rock in early November, speaking to hundreds of clergy and people of faith who had come from all over the country to stand in solidarity with the Sioux Nation as they fight to protect their water and their sacred sites against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). I was so honored to be among those who gathered. Read more »

BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz board approves Gavel Fund projects for 2017

November 21, 2016 | The grant review committee of the BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz board of directors met in October to review applications submitted for 2017 funding from the Gavel Memorial World Peace Fund. The Gavel Fund, established by a bequest left by long-term members Victor and Eileen Gavel, goes toward supporting peacework all over the world for projects that serve to gather, equip and mobilize ordinary people for the work of peace rooted in justice.  Read more »

Christian Theology Professors Issue Statement on Trump’s Election

November 17, 2016 | As Christian academics, scholars, and teachers we abhor the President-elect’s rhetoric that has opened up public discourse and actions to discriminatory, hateful, and murderous words and actions so familiar to any student of US-American history and society. Some of our students fear for their lives, families, and convictions, and we join them in their concerns about the future of our country. Since election night, many hate attacks and crimes have already occurred all over the country. As Christian leaders, we condemn any verbal and physical attacks based on race, gender, physical abilities, politics, or religion.   Read more »

We are better together

We are better together

November 15, 2016 | We will come together as peacemakers from throughout Latin and North America with a wealth of experience in seeking justice in a vast array of contexts. We will learn from one another, challenge one another, encourage one another. We will share, rather than hide, our vulnerabilities, knowing that such sharing leads to a paradoxical strength. We will explore together how we live faithfully in the midst of empire, knowing that many among us have explicit experience in doing so with creativity and courage. We will find in our differences and in our commonalities a community that inspires and instructs.  Read more »

Many have described Summer Conference as a life-changing experience

Many have described Summer Conference as a life-changing experience

November 8, 2016 | Many who attend our annual Summer Conference describe it as a life-changing experience. And when asked why they return year after year, many mention the quality speakers and programming that continue to impact their worldview and work after returning home. Next year we will hold our first-ever Summer Conference in Mexico, and we are working hard to make sure that it will be a memorable experience for all who plan to attend. We’re particularly excited about sharing this experience with those from across Latin America who will be joining us for the first time. We know what an impact this week can have. Read more »

Standing in solidarity with Standing Rock: A statement from Emmanuel Baptist Church

Standing in solidarity with Standing Rock: A statement from Emmanuel Baptist Church

November 8, 2016 | The Standing Rock Sioux people say that they are “Defending the Sacred” as they oppose the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline which would transport fracked oil from North Dakota to Illinois. They are engaged in prayerful protest and non-violent resistance to protect themselves, their water and their land. As members and friends of Emmanuel Baptist Church and as Christians who seek to imitate the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, we stand in solidarity with our Lakota and Dakota brothers and sisters. Theirs is a movement for justice undergirded with prayer. We add our prayers for a just and peaceful outcome to this conflict as we also defend the sacred. Read more »

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