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    Trouble the Water: Alliance of Baptists’ Racial Justice & Multiculturalism Community Releases New Bo

    April 12, 2017


    Trouble the Water: Alliance of Baptists’ Racial Justice & Multiculturalism 

    Community Releases New Book

    WASHINGTON—The Racial Justice and Multiculturalism Community of the Alliance of Baptists is proud to announce the publication of its new resource, Trouble the Water: A Christian Resource for the Work of Racial Justice (Nurturing Faith, 2017), edited by Michael-Ray Mathews, Marie Onwubuariri and Cody Sanders.

    Editor and clergy organizer at PICO, Michael-Ray Mathews said, “Trouble the Water transcends our particular faith community in calling us to greater awareness and action in the ministry of racial justice.”

    Trouble the Water is a resource for individuals and congregations that would take seriously the ever-increasing necessity of work toward racial justice while attending to the intersections of our identities and the intersecting nature of oppression, injustice and violence,” said editor Marie Onwubuariri, regional executive minister at American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin.

    The resource was funded by a generous grant from the Arcus Foundation and first took shape through a retreat of Alliance pastors and ministry leaders in Asheville, N.C., who dreamed, planned and discerned together the type of resource congregations most needed in the current era.

    Editor Cody Sanders, who pastors Old Cambridge Baptist Church, Cambridge, Mass., said, “Trouble the Water is deeply rooted in the Christian tradition and evidences the flavors of peace-and-justice Baptists in particular. It is a project in keeping with the mission of the community in which we are situated: the Alliance of Baptists.”

    Contributors include: Michael-Ray Mathews, Ben Sanders III, Wendell Griffin, Jennifer Harvey, Miguel A. De La Torre, Marie Onwubuariri, Malu Fairley, Wlliam Kondrath, J. Manny Santiago, Jennifer Davidson, LeAnn Snow Flesher, Donna E. Allen, Tammerie Day, Melissa W. Bartholomew, Charlotte Y. Williams, Deborah DeMars Conrad, Isabel Docampo, LeDayne McLeese Polaski, Kadia Edwards, Ashlee Wiest-Laird, Dennis W. Wiley, Christine Y. Wiley, Jim Hopkins, Douglas Avilesbernal, Leslie Withers, Mark Reeve and Jonathan Spencer.

    All attendees of the 30th anniversary Annual Gathering of the Alliance of Baptists, April 28-30, 2017 at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church will receive a copy. 

    It is now available for purchase on Amazon and Nurturing Faith websites.

    About the Alliance of Baptists The Alliance of Baptists began in 1987 as a prophetic voice in Baptist life. Today, we are a faith community comprised of male and female laity and clergy, people of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, theological beliefs, and ministry practices. We are Christians knit together by love for one another and God, combining progressive inquiry, contemplative prayer and prophetic action to bring about justice and healing in a changing world.


    Leah Grundset Davis, communications specialist,