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A multitude of JUSTSEX resources available

Posted on May 31, 2019

The JUSTSEX conference last fall in Nashville wrestled with a number of important questions: How can people of faith engage in constructive conversations about sexuality when we are more aware than ever of its complexity and diversity? When the word "sex" itself can elicit conflict and division, is it possible to move beyond schisms to dialogue and discernment? How do modern understandings of human sexuality inform a holistic sexual ethic?

The Alliance of Baptists hosted a justice-focused event that explored ways we can work together to bring sex to light. We now offer a variety of resources from the conference for your use at JUSTSEX

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Turning the world upside down for 30 years

Posted on May 31, 2019

In Acts 17, the religious establishment of the day charged the early church with "turning the world upside down." During its 30-year history, the Fraternity of Baptist Churches of Cuba (FIBAC) has been similarly charged. With courage and boldness, its churches and leaders have shaped a Baptist witness that has often upset the religious powers that be. 

Formed in 1989 by three congregations that were ousted from the Western Baptist Convention of Cuba, FIBAC is now home to 42 congregations that span the island. The 174 delegates who filled the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Havana in February for FIBAC's 30th anniversary meeting were but a small part of a larger Spirit-led body whose goal is to make their churches, their communities and their country more like the reign of God.

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BTSR to hold final commencement

Posted on May 03, 2019

Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, which the Alliance of Baptists helped found, will confer degrees and certificates on 21 students at its final commencement on May 25.  

It will be the seminary's 27th commencement and the final one in its life as a traditional seminary. The institution announced in December it was closing due to financial pressures. Students enrolled in 2018 but not able to finish their studies at BTSR also will be recognized during the service.

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Gathering unpacks liberty without liberation

Posted on May 03, 2019

Some 300 members and friends of the Alliance of Baptists converged on Washington, D.C. last weekend to explore liberty through the framework of liberation, and to consider the call to dismantle racism in their faith and community contexts. 

All aspects of the April 26-28 Annual Gathering held at Calvary Baptist Church were infused with the theme "What is Liberty Without Liberation?" and many walked away from the yearly all-call with new or renewed energy to break down the multitude of barriers that separate individuals and the deeply rooted systems that privilege the white, dominant center.

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Reflections on the Alliance covenant, mission

Posted on Apr 22, 2019

As one who was part of writing the founding covenant of the Alliance of Baptists, I delight in this recommendation for a new covenant and mission statement. It's timely.  

It's time to find fresh words for our identity and purpose. The process behind this recommendation, as well as its product, is a witness to the collaborative relationships at the heart of our Alliance life.

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New Alliance communities sound the call

Posted on Apr 05, 2019

Alliance communities--groups formed around a specific issue or concern--are a vital part of the work of the Alliance of Baptists. A number of communities focused on a diversity of topics already exist, and members are always encouraged to form new ones whenever they feel called. 

This year three new communities are being birthed, and organizers are inviting all who feel inclined to join them in their efforts.

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Church recognized for amazing green efforts

Posted on Mar 21, 2019

10 tons of compostable waste! 

That's how much Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill, N.C., diverted from its landfill in 2018. That equates to 1.18 metric tons/month of avoided CO2 emission. Incredible.

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Accompanying asylum-seekers at our border

Posted on Mar 15, 2019

Seeking asylum when facing persecution and torture is a human right backed by international and national law, including the 1951 Refugee Commission ratified by the United States in 1968. Recently, I volunteered with local organizations at the San Diego/Tijuana, Mexico border, drawn to witness the pursuit of asylum by the "caravans" from Central America. 

As a Spanish-speaking pastor I was told I could best serve in two capacities in Tijuana: providing pastoral care to asylum-seekers and advocating for them within the city. 

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A journey of hope and longing

Posted on Feb 28, 2019

Dear Alliance of Baptists, 

Last December I traveled to Bethlehem to participate in the Kairos Palestine gathering. This was truly an advent journey of hope and longing as I listened and learned from Palestinian Christians who continue to await (and manifest) God’s redemptive work in their land. Inspired by their witness, representatives of the global Christian community strategized together how we can be Incarnation – God in human form – for one another.

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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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