Postcard from Saint John, New Brunswick: BPFNA at the Atlantic Baptist Fellowship Assembly
October 5, 2008 | bpfna
from Bob Spinks, BPFNA Networking/Development Coordinator...
I've had the happy privilege of representing the BPFNA this weekend at the Fall Assembly of the Atlantic Baptist Fellowship (ABF). The ABF describes itself as "a voluntary association of churches and individuals who espouse freedom and ecumenism among Baptists, Christians, and all people." Just by their declaration of purpose, I knew that I would be among like-minded friends. I found that we had much in common and that we shared many concerns. The assembly was held at the historic Germain Street United Baptist Church (dating back to 1818 and the oldest Baptist church in the city) in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.
I was particularly pleased by the warm welcome and gracious words of support for the BPFNA that I received from Wayne Dryer, pastor of the host church. There was also an equally warm welcome, and from-the-pulpit complimentary remarks about the BPFNA, from David Ogilvie, pastor of the Port Williams (Nova Scotia) United Baptist Church and the president of the ABF.
An interesting and thought provoking program was presented by Eric Tsuz-King, administrator of EnerGreen Builders Co-op in Sackville, NB, who is active across Atlantic Canada in community development, social justice, and environmental sustainability. His theme was "Living with Respect and Hope in God's Creation." He offered an historical and theological review of environmental activism, as well as discussion of practical implications for dealing with the current ecological crisis. The program was well received and appreciated by the entire gathering.
I was honored to speak on behalf of the BPFNA and grateful for the support of our members and friends whose generosity allowed me to attend.
October 5, 2008