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Responses to Orlando

Responses to Orlando

June 14, 2016 | BPFNA has assembled a variety of responses, statements, articles, and worship resources around the horrific shooting that happened in Orlando, Florida. If you have something to add, please send materials to Allison at allison@bpfna.org. Read more »

#026260

June 13, 2016 | There are numbers embedded in our lives. Like you, I have a Social Security Number, a phone number, a zip code and a birthday. And I’ll never forget 4515, the house number on Hickory Street in Omaha where our family lived. Two months ago I added a new number -- 026260. You see, a year ago I joined PEN, a national organization for writers, and noticed on their website a program that matched members with a prisoner who wanted to improve his or her writing. I filled out an application, but heard nothing for several months. One day a letter came. PEN had a match for me, Steven Thomas.  Read more »

Sin & grace, learning & breakthrough: a story of recovery for us all

June 1, 2016 | In his autobiography, Born in Sin, Upended in Grace: A Memoir, George Williamson reflects on his birth into a household that was on the wrong side of major social-moral issues of the twentieth century: racist, militarist, misogynist, homophobic, anti-Semitic, nationalist, elitist, and environmentally profligate. Over the course of the memoir, Williamson writes with a fierce passion about the ways he was catapulted from these “sins,” as he calls them, into “grace” – his recovery – by the signature social movements in the latter half of the twentieth century. Read more »

La justicia ante la crisis en Puerto Rico

La justicia ante la crisis en Puerto Rico

May 24, 2016 | Abordar la crisis económica en Puerto Rico debe ocupar un espacio importante en la vida de la iglesia. La consecuencia de las decisiones económicas de las últimas administraciones ha sumido a Puerto Rico en una de sus peores crisis, no tan sólo económicas, sino también sociales e incluso espirituales. Actualmente, Puerto Rico cuenta con una deuda de US$72.000 millones. Como iglesia tenemos que levantar la voz al unísono para afirmar y exigir la justicia ante la crisis y presentar de forma clara los actores que nos llevaron a esta crisis.  Read more »

Too Much of a Good Thing: A Transgender Challenge for Pentecost

May 23, 2016 | This story from Genesis is confusing and confounding. There isn’t a picture in our scriptures, anywhere, that depicts people who seem to have gotten their act together any better than this text. Just imagine: The people had one language and the same words. No communication barriers. They had migrated together, and had settled, in order to build community. They knew their strength was in numbers. They didn’t want to be scattered so they stopped, to build the first city in the world! Yes, God could see what a good thing it was – but God also knew that too much of a good thing. God also knows, looking across human history, that we have never been able to handle too much of a good thing. Read more »

Meet the 2016 Summer Conference Leadership!

Meet the 2016 Summer Conference Leadership!

May 18, 2016 | Summer Conference will be here before you know it! And we have some great leaders coming for the week. Recently we were able to speak with some of them to learn more about them, their work, and their passion for social justice. Read more »

Being Chameleons

Being Chameleons

April 26, 2016 | One of the excitements and joys and terrors (!) of leading trainings is that you NEVER really know what's going to happen. I walked in with a version of the standard "lesson plan" I have used for the past several years to teach about transforming conflict. I tweak it and update it, but I use the same basic tools and concepts over and over. There were about 20 of us. Of that, 18 were born outside the United States and are either here as students or as immigrants. The discussion of conflict types (the first big tool we get to) fell apart (or broke open!) almost immediately. Read more »

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