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Iraq pilgrimage reflects interfaith commitment

Posted on Dec 03, 2018

The Alliance remains grateful for the witness of Bishop Malkhaz Songulashvili with the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia, an Active Hope ministry partner. 

He and his colleagues stay on the front lines of justice, advocacy and interfaith work in the Republic of Georgia and throughout the region.

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Churches change

Posted on Dec 03, 2018

Churches change about every seven years.

That’s what a long-term pastor told me 30 years ago while I was in seminary. Rick was a visiting fellow on campus as part of his third sabbatical. For 21 years he had served his congregation and was using the sabbatical to prepare for another seven years. 

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Alliance welcomes new church partners

Posted on Dec 03, 2018

The gifts and resources of the Alliance are expanding with the addition of six new congregational partners in recent months. And, the list keeps growing every day! 

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Speak out against 'public charge' rule change

Posted on Nov 18, 2018

It will only take a few minutes to submit your comments, and it's important that you do so given the current administration's proposed rule that would drastically reshape who we welcome as newcomers to our society. The proposed rule would reshape immigration policy by expanding the definition of who is considered a "public charge," threatening millions of families - many of our neighbors.  

The Nuns on the Bus have made it really easy to express our concerns, and we have until Dec. 10 to take action. Submit your comments today opposing the "public charge" rule, and be sure to personalize them with your own faith convictions and stories of people you know and love who will be impacted by the change.

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Oakland’s Lakeshore Avenue Baptist partners with nonprofit to bring solar to the church

Posted on Nov 18, 2018

In an effort designed to contribute "to greening our world," Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church in Oakland, Calif., has launched a crowdfunding campaign to solarize its building. 

The church, an Alliance of Baptists congregational partner, has joined with RE-volv 'Solar Champions' to raise $40,000 for the 19.5 kW solar array it needs. Once in place it will save the church more than $143,000 during the lifetime of the system and stop more than 1 million pounds of CO2  from being emitted into the atmosphere.

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Kevin David Rose

Posted on Nov 01, 2018

The Alliance family joins congregational partner Cumberland First Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Ind., in mourning the loss of Kevin David Rose, who served the church for 30 years as minister of discipleship and mission.  

A hallmark of Kevin's ministry included guiding people to find their own story within God's story. Kevin's creativity for teaching and facilitating this faith story intersection impacted many people. His ministry leadership will be remembered and treasured by those who learned from him – children, youth and adults. This singer, painter, writer, storyteller and lover of theater and travel was adept at sharing the gospel message with relevance and passion. His unwavering commitment to living in the questions of faith—not the solace of easy and pat answers, will always be valued.

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Prime time to make a difference

Posted on Nov 01, 2018

Working for a seminary gives me several perks. I worship regularly with peers and colleagues fine-tuning their skills for ministry. I hear call story after call story of ways in which God is moving and good things are happening in the kin-dom at hand. I also have access to a network of people who discuss the many ways we can give to nonprofit institutions to ensure their financial future.  

You've probably heard that the new tax code includes changes to charitable giving deductions. If you're like me, the idea of having to learn a new way to be charitable is intimidating. Although it's true some things have changed, it's also true an easy and beneficial way to give to nonprofits has stayed the same. Specifically, I'm talking about contributing appreciated stocks, bonds or mutual funds.

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Alliance offers condolences, issues call to act

Posted on Nov 01, 2018

In light of recent events targeting Jewish and African American people in Jeffersontown, Ky., and Pittsburgh, Pa., we - the Alliance of Baptists - are once again compelled to express our shared pain and solidarity with oppressed peoples and communities.

We offer condolences to the families of the 11 individuals killed Oct. 27 at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue – Joyce Fienberg, Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, Cecil Rosenthal, David Rosenthal, Bernice Simon, Sylvan Simon, Daniel Stein, Melvin Wax, Irving Younger – and to the families of two killed Oct. 24 at a Louisville, Ky.-area Kroger store – Maurice Stallard and Vickie Lee Jones.

We deplore these acts of violence and the narratives that give rise to these acts.

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JUSTSEX Conference underway in Nashville

Posted on Oct 23, 2018

The Spirit of a living, loving and life-affirming God could be felt throughout the rooms welcoming the inaugural Alliance JUSTSEX Conference that kicked off Thursday, Oct. 18 in Nashville, Tenn.

Everything from specially written worship songs to the initial plenary talk focused on the ways in which a triune God embraces and loves the wholeness of human beings, especially in their sex and sexuality. It was all experienced by some 70 participants who gathered at the Scarritt Bennett Center to have an honest, faithful conversation designed to give Christians the tools, language and courage to talk openly about sexuality in homes and churches.

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Conference to help attendees deepen resourcing for being awake human beings

Posted on Oct 23, 2018

As I continue to watch the news and reflect on what's happening in our world, I find myself feeling angry, depressed and some days deeply despairing. I continue to feel anger that as a white woman I am tied to a whole lot of other white women who seem to see the world as radically different than I do. It has been difficult at times to know how to engage or respond to some of what I'm hearing, and it's been hard to know where to look for or enact hope.  

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