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Annual award goes to Birmingham church

Posted on May 01, 2018

Baptist Church of the Covenant in Birmingham, Ala., received the Heart of the Alliance award on Saturday during the Alliance's 2018 Annual Gathering.  

The award was given to the congregation for its "steadfast commitment and significant contribution to the mission and ministry of the Alliance of Baptists," said Paula Clayton Dempsey, the Alliance's director of partnership relations.

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Alliance body selects new leadership; Adopts six bold statements

Posted on May 01, 2018

For the first time in its 31-year history, the Alliance of Baptists elected an African American person to lead its Board of Directors.  

Michael-Ray Mathews of San Jose, Calif., was elected to a two-year term as president of the board on Saturday during the annual meeting held as part of the Alliance's 2018 Annual Gathering April 26-29 in Dayton, Ohio.

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Revisioning the Alliance covenant

Posted on Apr 07, 2018

“...Occasionally, I’ve had the pleasure of celebrating the renewal of wedding vows. Depending on the circumstances  some want to repeat the words they once said to each other, while others desire new vows to express a deeper appreciation of their covenant to one another.

The Alliance of Baptists began 31 years ago with a covenant. Churches and individuals vowed to uphold seven promises that expressed their Baptist Christian faith in relationship with each other...Now that the Alliance is beginning a fourth decade it’s time to renew our vows."

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Conference to equip clergy, laity to have open, honest conversations about sex

Posted on Apr 07, 2018

David took Bathsheba away from her husband Uriah. Delilah seduced Sampson. Abraham slept with another woman – with his wife Sarah’s permission. And King Solomon wrote love poems.

Sex, love and lust are everywhere in the Bible. So why aren’t more Christians comfortable talking about sex in the church?

The Alliance of Baptists will be addressing that subject at its JUSTSEX conference to be held Oct. 18-20 at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, Tenn. 

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Alliance commits to eradicating ‘the entrenched racism that grips our nation'

Posted on Apr 07, 2018

Racism is just as woven into the warp and woof of the American fabric as it was 50 years ago when Martin Luther King Jr. gave his life addressing the impact of its evils in our society.

Since then the church universal—and the Alliance of Baptists in particular—has given a nod to confessing our complicity in slavery, all the while benefiting from white privilege and the imbeddedness of systemic racism in our world and lives.

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Active Hope brochure features partners' hope-filled work

Posted on Apr 07, 2018

Whether it's providing  

life skills for veterans who've experienced homelessness, holding tutoring and literacy programs for youth, or making available toiletries, food and clothes for those who are without, Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries in New York City is on the front lines of providing direct services and educational support to the most vulnerable living in its community and the city.

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Annual Gathering sponsorship helps make event accessible

Posted on Apr 07, 2018

For many of us, the Alliance of Baptists’ Annual Gathering is a time of reconnecting with friends, learning ways to be better advocates for justice, and joining other like-minded Baptists in engaging with the Spirit’s call. And, because the Alliance aims to live out the inclusivity and embrace of the gospel message, we are intentional about welcoming people of all backgrounds and situations to this yearly event. 

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Cullowhee Baptist joins the Alliance, anticipates much shared ministry

Posted on Apr 07, 2018

When Cullowhee Baptist Church began 2017 as a new partner with the Alliance of Baptists, several members wondered out loud: “Why did it take us so long to join the Alliance?”

Indeed, the various expressions of faith and practice that are Alliance passions – ecumenism, partnership in mission, relentless hospitality and social justice – reflect well the hopes of the congregation here at Cullowhee Baptist, located in Cullowhee, N.C. Simply put, we chose now to become a congregational partner with the Alliance of Baptists because we believe it best represents the welcome and outreach to all people that the gospel of grace commands.

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Stand for hope, peace and freedom from racism at April rally

Posted on Apr 07, 2018

In August 2017 I joined hundreds of other ministers for the “Ministers March on Washington,” sponsored by the National Action Network. The march was billed as “The 1000 Ministers March” and was organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton to coincide with the 54th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

I was there with my clergy women’s affinity group, and marched with clergy from many faiths: Protestant, Catholic, Muslim, Buddhists and Jews. We wore our stoles, kippahs, taqiyahs and robes. But, sadly, most of the marchers were persons of color. It was striking that the members of my clergy group were all Caucasian. We were some of the few white faces in a sea of color.

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Earth as Beloved Community

Posted on Apr 07, 2018

Reflecting biblically and theologically on “Earth as Beloved Community”—the theme of the Alliance of Baptists’ upcoming gathering April 26-29 in Dayton, Ohio—can help us recover how to be church. We contemporary North Americans have been socialized to see and value land solely in terms of private possession, economic exploitation and commodification. But unlike our cosmology of modernity, the Bible never understands land as “real estate.” Instead, we can identify four major characteristics of land in scripture: as mother of life; as abundant sustainer of living beings; as altar for worship of the Creator; and as home place.

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