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Remembering Millard Eiland

Posted on Aug 10, 2018

by Paula Clayton Dempsey 

Among the good that Millard Eiland did while on his passage through this world was his role in visioning and enabling the work and ministry of the Alliance of Baptists. With gratitude for his life, his courage, his vulnerability, the Alliance mourns the death of Millard, and we share our sorrow with Millard's partner/spouse, David Taylor; his daughters and his faith family at Alliance congregational partner Covenant Church in Houston, Texas.

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Will we be chaplains of the empire, or chaplains of the resistance?

Posted on Aug 10, 2018

Two young parents, María and José, left home in the middle of the night, carrying their newborn son, Jèsus. A power-hungry dictator and terrible political situation made it unsafe for the small family to remain at home, and they fled across the border to another country for sanctuary.

Sound familiar? It should. This story from Matthew 2:13-14 has been playing out on the U.S. border for months.

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The Fingerprints of Queer Eye

Posted on Aug 10, 2018

"How did you get connected with them?" That's the question I've been asked repeatedly since our church posted a video of the Queer Eye Netflix series cast thanking our congregation for hosting them for a week recently. 

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The world that could be: militarism and our national priorities

Posted on Jul 28, 2018

Our nation has been at war for 17 years. Yet, most days, we live, act, and vote as if we are not. Most days, we do not consider the human and financial cost of the ongoing conflicts our nation is engaged in, in Afghanistan, Iraq, and 15 other countries. We do not see the faces of the 15,000 troops deployed in Afghanistan on our news. We do not read in our newspapers the names of the 370,000 lives lost from war on all sides of these conflicts, or the many more lives lost indirectly from war’s impact on economies leading to poverty and environmental devastation.

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The Sinai-Pentecost moment

Posted on Jul 28, 2018

In Exodus chapter 20, the children of Israel had recently been liberated from slavery in Egypt, and they gathered at Mount Sinai to hear the word from the Eternal One. They were not assembled to hear the voice of Moses -- even to hear God's voice through Moses -- but rather the whole community was ready to hear God's voice for themselves.

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JUSTSEX plenary speaker will draw on long career focused on sexuality, sex education

Posted on Jul 28, 2018

It's no secret that William Stayton was a major catalyst for the upcoming JUSTSEX Conference set in motion by the Alliance of Baptists.  

The idea for the conference grew out of discussions sparked by Stayton, who spoke about sexuality at an Alliance board meeting three years ago.

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Justice is a verb!

Posted on Jul 28, 2018

News about the hateful words, policies, and practices of the Trump administration dominate the airwaves.  That’s understandable.  President Trump’s comments, policies, and practices should be discovered and exposed. 

However, we who believe in love and justice should focus more attention on building a counter-movement to the hate, fear, hypocrisy, deceit, and authoritarian mindset that Donald Trump represents, and that is particularly evident among white religious nationalists in U.S. congregations

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Happy Anniversary Hope Center!

Posted on Jul 28, 2018

The Hope Center at Pullen, an Alliance Active Hope partner, is 10 years old!

The non-profit ministry of Alliance congregational partner Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, N.C. has for a decade faithfully fulfilled its mission -- to connect "young people aging out of foster care in Wake County with the resources and support they need for a successful transition to adulthood."

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Alliance welcomes Church of the Beatitudes

Posted on Jun 30, 2018

A welcoming and affirming Florida congregation deeply rooted in social justice has joined the Alliance of Baptists. 

The Church of the Beatitudes, located in Saint Petersburg, Fla., is one of the newest Alliance congregational partners. Established in 1962 as the first American Baptist Churches USA congregation in Florida, the church and its members have a long history of community engagement and justice work, which is still actively lived out today. 

"We are joining the Alliance because the Alliance holds the same values that the Church of the Beatitudes holds," said Phil Miller-Evans, the church's pastor.

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Doing the next right thing

Posted on Jun 30, 2018

I wear a little pin on my employee identification badge that says "Chaplain," but I don't get much chance to make a typical chaplain visit these days.  

This is not because I don't still love those one-on-ones. In fact the sacredness of those visits is what led me into Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) supervisory training 20 years ago.

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