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Nancy Hastings Sehested, Marked for Life: A Prison Chaplain’s Story

Posted on Dec 19, 2019

Long one of our finest preachers, Nancy Hastings Sehested now takes her place as a supremely gifted writer among us. Sehested’s new book chronicles her 13 years as a chaplain in two men’s prisons in North Carolina, the last 10 in a maximum security facility where she distinguished herself as a sensitive, no-nonsense pastor to inmates, many convicted of particularly brutal crimes.

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Alliance Leader Urges Action on Mistreatment of Palestinian Children

Posted on Dec 19, 2019

As Alliance members may recall, at our last Annual Meeting we adopted a statement supporting federal legislation to stop the mistreatment of Palestinian children and youth by the Israeli military. Just briefly, each year the Israeli military arrests and detains from 500 to 700 Palestinian children and youth who live in the West Bank. This practice inflicts brutality and trauma on these young people in violation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. In contrast, Israeli children and youth who live in the West Bank and commit violations are not detained by the military, but are subject to Israeli police.

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Giving Rise to Hope in Zimbabwe

Posted on Dec 19, 2019

Alliance Active Hope partners in Zimbabwe, the African Baptist Churches of Zimbabwe (ABCZ) and the Zimbabwe Theological Seminary (ZTS), give rise to hope in a risky, fragile context. In the past few years, Zimbabwe has suffered significant political and societal challenges. Economic conditions are weak, and the country is facing the worst hunger crisis in a decade. Due to extreme drought and climate change, Zimbabwe is confronted with a water crisis so severe that the average water flow over Mosi-oa-Tunya (Victoria Falls) has decreased by almost 50%.

Yet the ABCZ and ZTS continue in their mission to give rise to hope in their context. 

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Giving Rise to Hope

Posted on Nov 25, 2019

Hope sometimes seems small in our world. The actions of the Alliance of Baptists' Active Hope partners around the world are growing hope in amazing ways. Join our partners giving rise to hope and make a gift to the Alliance of Baptists this November. Or join others and give on #GivingTuesday, December 3 when we aim to raise $5,000 in one day! 

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Old Pointe Comfort, The National Council of Churches, and How to be an Antiracist

Posted on Nov 25, 2019

I grew up in Tidewater, Virginia, and am the product of Virginia public schools. I remember many of the field trips I took growing up. I remember visiting the battlefields of Yorktown where I learned Cornwallis surrendered to Washington in the American Revolution. I remember visiting Jamestown where we learned about one of the first English colonies of North America. I remember visiting Colonial Williamsburg to learn about colonial life.

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Vivaldi in the Favela

Posted on Nov 25, 2019

"The orchestra and the violin changed my life!" That is the testimony of each of these young people photographed above-Wanessa Nicolly, Lucas Guilherme, Anderson Felipe, Larissa Rafaela, Luiz Henrique, Ranyelli Candido, Mauricio José, Anderson Cauan, Gabriel Alexandre and João Victor-all violinists in the Orquestra de Câmara do Alto da Mina (Chamber Orchestra of Alto da Mina), Bultrins, Pernambuco, Brazil.

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Politics as an Approximation of the Kingdom of God and Politics as Baal

Posted on Oct 31, 2019

As a Christian pastor I am as dismayed and grieved as anyone about the political divisions of our present day in America which are rending churches, families, relationships and communities. In face of this concern I offer a distinction between politics as an approximation of the kingdom of God and "Politics as Baal," to use the phrase of Will Campbell and James Holloway in their 1970 book, Up to Our Steeples in Politics

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I, too, Sing America

Posted on Oct 31, 2019

After 28 years of living in this country, I recently became a United States citizen. For most people born into privilege, it is difficult to fathom what this means and how difficult this journey often is. While every immigration story is different and everyone's process may not take as long as mine, each immigrant I know - documented or undocumented - has tread some path "through the blood of the slaughtered" to be here. My story is no different.

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Two Baptist Women, Two Baptist Churches: Baptist Freedom at Work

Posted on Oct 31, 2019

The churches are far apart geographically, and the stories are separated by 20 years. Yet they share much in common--the ordination of Silvia Nogueira and the call of Erica Grace Saunders to serve as pastor.

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In Solidarity with Refugees

Posted on Oct 11, 2019

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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