Around the Alliance

Holy Week Services

Posted on Apr 10, 2020

We have collected information about Holy Week services from a few of our congregational partners. If your congregation is not listed and you would like it added, email brooklyn@allianceofbaptists.org. 

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Tips For Effective Virtual Worship

Posted on Apr 02, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic escalates, increasing numbers of churches are forced to adapt their

worship experiences amidst new social distancing, lockdown, and shelter-in-place orders. In the
face of this new normal, we have a rare opportunity to reimagine how we connect with each
other and create space for community.

Over the past several weeks, I have scoured the internet for resources and watched dozens of
livestreams and virtual worship services from across the country—some were far better than
others. I brought what I observed and learned through this process to my own church leaders, and
it has greatly transformed how we now engage in worship.

I offer these tips to create more effective and meaningful virtual worship in hopes that they may
spur the same creativity for your virtual worship that it has for ours. These recommendations
come solely from my own experiences, research, and observations. 

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Alliance Nominating Committee Nominations

Posted on Mar 20, 2020

We seek your help with a necessary business matter today—our need to elect board members who will hold in trust the responsibility of keeping the Alliance healthy and whole in these days of uncertainty. 

Thanks to the diligent work of the nominating committee, there is a slate of nominees ready and willing to be elected to guide the mission and ministry of the Alliance. The report is offered by the committee chaired by Paul Hayes, Groton, Conn., and submitted to the membership for consideration.

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Responding to COVID19

Posted on Mar 18, 2020

Livestream Worship Services

Worship Resources (Prayers, Liturgies, etc)

Support

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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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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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Surprised by Joy

Posted on Oct 11, 2019

The word "joy" is not often found in a report of three long days of board meetings. As you can see, however, it's in the title of this summary of the fall meeting of the Alliance Board of Directors. 

The board met at Baptist Church of the Covenant in Birmingham, Ala., September 26-28 to further the work of the Alliance, focusing primarily on our shared goal of becoming an anti-racist organization. "It was a critical moment for the Board of Directors," said president Michael-Ray Mathews. "We deepened our commitment to pointing the Alliance in the direction of becoming an anti-racist organization devoted to racial equity and healing in every aspect of our shared life and
ministry."

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Sister Trip: A New Kind of Mission

Posted on Sep 22, 2019

In early June, I traveled to Cuba to learn alongside the Women's Leadership Initiative cohort of Central Seminary and Cuban pastoras from the Fraternity of Baptist Churches in Cuba (FIBAC, or as seminary president, Molly T. Marshall affectionately called them the Sorority of Baptist Leaders in Cuba). 

While preparing for my trip, the most common response I encountered when people heard that I was going to Cuba with my seminary was, "Oooooh, YOU'RE GOING ON A MISSION TRIP?!" 

And that's where I cringed.

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Jesus Never Closes

Posted on Sep 09, 2019

Driving through Rockville, Maryland on a Saturday afternoon last month, I was a little nervous. I kept going over in my head what to say, coming back to the thought that this was going to be a very different partner visit. It's always an honor to meet new friends of the Alliance, thank them for their generosity, and tell the Alliance story. This time was no different: I would be visiting this partner for the first time, and I would also be visiting them for the last time. The church was selling everything it had and giving everything away.

Twinbrook Baptist Church was founded in 1956. It began its partnership with the Alliance in the 1990’s, and since the very beginning, it has radiated a spirit of openness throughout the Rockville community. 

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