Around the Alliance

A liberal Baptist church will close its doors and give $1 million to nonprofits

Posted on Aug 08, 2019

In case you missed it...The Washington Post highlighted Alliance congregational partner, Twinbrook Baptist Church, in Rockville, Md., and its brave, beautiful, and faithful approach to concluding its ministry.

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Life-or-Death Religious Freedom

Posted on Jul 26, 2019

We talk a lot today about religious freedom. Recently, such conversations have devolved into discussions such as whether the owner of a bakeshop in Colorado was required to provide a personalized wedding cake for a gay couple as required by state law. The merchant claimed the statute deprived him of his free exercise of religion. Or whether a monumental cross erected in Maryland to honor veterans of World War I violated the constitutional prohibition of an establishment of religion.

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Confronting Christian Nationalism

Posted on Jul 11, 2019

Christian nationalism, on display so vividly this past week, is deeply woven into the fabric of our country. From our nation's inception, Christianity has been used to justify the genocide of the indigenous peoples of this land and the forced migration and enslavement of Africans. Today, it is through appeals to white Christian nationalism, specifically for "our" safety and for "our" prosperity, that black and brown bodies are attacked, caged and killed at our nation's borders, in the heart of our cities and throughout the land. This ongoing abuse of Christian theology to bolster racism, colonization and white supremacy led me to go to our nation's capital to participate in direct action against Christians United for Israel (CUFI).

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Flaming Baptist Potluck at Wild Goose!

Posted on Jun 27, 2019

The Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, N.C. is coming up July 11-14, and the Alliance invites all to our "Flaming Baptist Potluck" on Friday night, July 12, at 6:00 p.m. by the Calvary Baptist DC tents. We'll provide the main dish (something flame-grilled, of course) and we invite you to bring a side dish or something to drink to share with all. Check the Alliance Facebook page closer to the event for information on where the tent is located and email Jason Smith if you have any questions. See you at the Goose! 

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Mayan Voices in Chiapas, Mexico

Posted on Jun 27, 2019

While the US government focuses on slowing or stopping immigration from Central and South America, Mexico is experiencing its own interstate immigration crisis driven by poverty and lack of employment opportunities. 

In Chiapas, Mexico's southernmost state, these forces are also pushing members of the country's indigenous groups northward. 

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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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