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Support asylum seekers in migrant caravan

Posted on Jan 13, 2019

Let us not forget, in the midst of drama over the United States building a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, that there are thousands of people who are traveling to or who have already arrived at the border seeking asylum in America based on valid claims. They need help, and this resource kit provides options for doing so. Review, take action and share with others!

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Book Review Practicing Midrash: Reading the Bible's Arguments as an Invitation to Conversation

Posted on Jan 13, 2019

Hi. My name is Bob Stillerman, and I am not an impartial reviewer. I love Tim Moore. He is a fine person. And I believe he's a remarkable, thoughtful scholar, who has written an even better book: Practicing Midrash: Reading the Bible's Arguments as an Invitation to Conversation. You should both buy AND read his book. It's a sound investment of your time and money.  

Disclaimer: If you want an objective review, go to Amazon. Besides, anyone can tell you what's in the book. 

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Harms are real for federal workers, contractors during current government shutdown

Posted on Jan 13, 2019

I want to address this topic from both a personal standpoint and from the larger perspective. 

First, the personal. As a long-time federal manager (I recently retired), based on my experience I can tell you that for the last week or more thousands of federal workers and support contractors have had stressful conversations with their bosses. In the past I have counseled employees as they outlined their dire circumstances if a shutdown occurred. 

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A view from the manger

Posted on Dec 21, 2018

Novelist Oscar Hijuelos wrote at Christmas of "The majesty of the child" and of Jesus as "perhaps the most wanted child in the history of the world." The Christmas story helps us think of the majesty of every child and of every child as dearly wanted. It changes our view of things.

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Alliance seeking board candidates

Posted on Dec 21, 2018

The Alliance nominating committee is seeking names of candidates to serve on the Alliance of Baptists' board of directors. The three-year term would commence at the 2019 Annual Gathering in April and continue until 2022. 

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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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