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In Solidarity with Refugees

While the Alliance of Baptists' board of directors was meeting Sept. 26-28, our nation's Administration continued on its trajectory of turning its back on refugees seeking safety, shelter and hope with the announcement of the lowest cap on refugee resettlement in recent history. Heartbroken and devastated by the announcement, the board released a statement condemning "..in the strongest terms the Administration's recent decision on moral and biblical grounds." 

Simultaneous to the announcement, the church universal was preparing for the celebration of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Observed annually on Sept. 29 since 2014, the emphasis is an occasion for the church to express concern for many different vulnerable people on the move, to pray for the challenges, and to increase awareness about the opportunities that migration offers.

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Journey to Tbilisi

This past June I had the opportunity to travel to Tbilisi, Georgia, with a delegation from the Alliance of Baptists to meet with Bishop Malkhaz Songulashvili. The bishop had recently spoken at my home church, Broadway Baptist in Fort Worth, TX, and after describing the ways in which the Yazidi people are continuously targeted for genocide by the Islamic State, he threw down a challenge which rocked me to my heels by saying, "You need to come and meet these brave people and hear their stories for yourself."

I was thrilled at this opportunity to meet with the bishop again. What I wasn't thrilled about was coming face to face with these brave people whose stories I knew would be difficult to listen to and absorb. But I did go, I did listen, and everything I learned was riveting.

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Surprised by Joy

The word "joy" is not often found in a report of three long days of board meetings. As you can see, however, it's in the title of this summary of the fall meeting of the Alliance Board of Directors. 

The board met at Baptist Church of the Covenant in Birmingham, Ala., September 26-28 to further the work of the Alliance, focusing primarily on our shared goal of becoming an anti-racist organization. "It was a critical moment for the Board of Directors," said president Michael-Ray Mathews. "We deepened our commitment to pointing the Alliance in the direction of becoming an anti-racist organization devoted to racial equity and healing in every aspect of our shared life and
ministry."

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