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An Interview with Lem Arnold

September 5, 2017 | "Once someone tells you their gender identity there’s really no other question that needs to be asked. It’s interesting to get people to grasp that and to realize that sexual orientation is something completely different." Read more »

What Can I Do to Get Involved with Peace and Justice Work?

September 1, 2017 | Our host church's mission statement is "Actively Faithful, Faithfully Active" -- and we love that succinct summary! In that spirit, here are some ways to be faithfully active right now. Remember, we are not asking that you attempt to do them all, but we are hoping you'll take action. Read more »

An Interview with Luz Amparo

An Interview with Luz Amparo

August 29, 2017 | "We think that one of the best ways to start building peace is through the empowerment of women and through raising awareness. We try to train women to see their bodies as territories of peace." Read more »

To Life: A Poem

August 28, 2017 | This is a poem dedicated to all who are present to peace in the heart of Mexico. Written while breathing the mountain air of Camp Mazahua on my last day of the conference of The Baptist Fellowship of Peace in San Felipe del Progreso, México. Read more »

Arropándonos con Esperanza / Clothing Each Other With Hope

Arropándonos con Esperanza / Clothing Each Other With Hope

August 22, 2017 | From July 17-22, BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz held its first Summer Conference in Mexico. The theme for the week was “¿Cuando te Vimos Desnudo?: Arropándonos con Esperanza” or “When Did We See You Naked?: Clothing Each Other with Hope.” Over the week, 217 people representing 12 countries gathered to explore community through the lens of vulnerability; how do we become unafraid to share our vulnerabilities with one another and what does it look like to stand with and offer protection to the most vulnerable in our communities, countries, the world? Read more »

Charlottesville: Responses, Resources, and Action Items

Charlottesville: Responses, Resources, and Action Items

August 17, 2017 | As part of our mission to raise the visibility of peace-making, justice-seeking work, we offer these resources from people and groups who are responding to the events that took place in Charlottesville, VA the weekend of August 11-13, 2017. We know there are literally thousands of resources available and so we've sifted through to offer you what we think are some of the best of the best to challenge, push, inspire and equip you and your churches and organizations in your own work against the evil of White Supremacy.  Read more »

Salsa and Solidarity: Reflections from the 2017 Bautistas por la Paz Summer Peace Camp

Salsa and Solidarity: Reflections from the 2017 Bautistas por la Paz Summer Peace Camp

August 14, 2017 | This was a historic gathering and a transformative week of living, learning and worshiping together. All services and workshops were conducted in Spanish with interpreters provided for the non-Spanish speaking attendees. It was an immersion experience for many participants coming from the North. We were invited to consider faith through the lens of a culture that values ‘we’ over ‘I’. Read more »

The Practice of Peace in Deeply Divided Times

The Practice of Peace in Deeply Divided Times

July 14, 2017 | These are hard times to talk about peace for those of us who happen to live in the United States. It has always been hard for Americans with a modicum of sensitivity to join in global conversations of peace with those from other North American and global locations given now more common negative perceptions of the US across the globe. American peace activists and rights workers are used to critiques of US government and culture, because we know where we live, the United States, and the reality of all of us tacitly benefiting from the spoils of empire. We are in even more awkward spaces now, both within and outside of country, in the pursuit of peace. Our usual pithy pronouncements are not good enough. We find them flaccid or arid in the face of current national and global circumstances. What is there to do? Read more »

Lunch with the Law

Lunch with the Law

July 13, 2017 | For three hours every Thursday, a group calling ourselves Mujeres Unidas en Fe (Women United in Faith) gathers at a church on the other side of the mountain from my home in western North Carolina. Ten Spanish-speaking women and an equal number of us English speakers share Bible study, exchange language lessons, and enjoy a potluck lunch. At the first meeting I attended in mid-January, we crowded into the kitchen while Carmela gave us a lesson in making mole verde. Beatriz moved among us with a photo album from her daughter Gabriela’s quinceañera, the 15th birthday celebration that is both religious ceremony and party—a very big event in Mexican culture. Laughter and animated conversation were abundant. A week later, the mood was starkly different. The executive order calling for increased raids against undocumented persons had come out of the White House, and North Carolina was among the states targeted in the crackdown. A sense of terror hung in the air. Read more »

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