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Join Us for An On-Line Conversation About the Alliance Covenant & Mission

Posted on Aug 29, 2019

The newly proposed Alliance Covenant & Mission was revealed at the Annual Gathering at Calvary Baptist Church, D.C. this past April. Small group discussions offered initial feedback on the proposed covenant at Calvary.

To include more Alliance folks on the shaping of our covenant, we are offering an on-line conversation during the evening of Tuesday, September 17th. The Alliance will host two conversations. The first will be held at 7 PM Eastern (6 PM Central / 4 PM Pacific) and a second at 7 PM Pacific (9 PM Central / 10 PM Eastern). Members of the Covenant Conversation Team will be on hand to facilitate the discussion.

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Our Freedom Summer

Posted on Aug 29, 2019

"I want to be consumed by this," she said.We were sitting in the fellowship hall of one of our partner Alliance churches on a sweltering summer evening. During the day we had been in Selma, Alabama. We walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, praying prayers written by Martin Luther King, Jr., and visited the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute on the other side. We were on a "Freedom Ride," and Selma was our last stop.

Our youth ministry spent the 2018-2019 year learning about freedom. We spent our time learning freedom songs, the stories of freedom movements from the abolitionists to the Civil Rights Movement, and reading the Bible with freedom fighters from Frederick Douglass to King. 

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Worship Is Boring, Unless It's Not

Posted on Aug 08, 2019

In the past couple of years I've had thefortune of worshiping in close to forty congregations, speaking on my book, Practicing Midrash, or visiting out of town. Several churches have impressed me with their creative approach to worship--using the arts, mixing music genres, adding movement to what is typically an hour of sitting. Unfortunately, I have also been amazed at the number of worship services that are just plain boring.

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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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Report from Cali: At Home among Peacemakers

Posted on Aug 08, 2019

On July 15 I arrived in Cali, Colombia, to attend the Global Baptist Peace Conference, along with 400 other peacemakers from more than 30 countries around the world. Though many of us were visiting a city and country new to us, the spirit of hospitality was surely in that place, because we felt at home as we shared stories, skills, and resources, and as we prayed for each other, thereby creating new bonds and deepening old friendships.

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What Do We Say?

Posted on Aug 08, 2019

What do we say after El Paso and Dayton?What do we do? Each morning I get up and check to see if we're in another war or if there's been another mass shooting. Last Sunday I got up to the news of two mass shootings. May God comfort those in grief. May God have mercy on us and who we're becoming.

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Responding to the Responders

Posted on Jul 26, 2019

First responders come running toward the crisis while most of us are panicked trying to run away from it. They are some of our most vulnerable and at-risk public servants. Not only are they willing to put themselves into potentially dangerous situations to keep us safe, but the high levels of sensory exposure can lead to health challenges and shortened lifespans. So who takes care of them?

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Small But Mighty Co-conspirators

Posted on Jul 26, 2019

Peace of Christ Church is a small but mighty community in the heart of Texas doing the work of radical love and total inclusion. We believe this work is best exemplified through the life of Jesus, and so our vision is to create a safe space for all people seeking to embody the love of Christ in a hurting world.

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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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Savoring What's Growing

Posted on Jul 11, 2019

Every time I take the path between the Parkway House and the Tuck House, the two outposts of QC Family Tree in this West Charlotte neighborhood, I find newly-ripeblueberries on the large, lush bushes planted by Mt. Hermon Baptist Church in 2013. 

I always take a handful and eat them one by one as I walk. The spice of the warm, ripe, fresher-than-fresh berries lingers on my tongue long afterwards.
 
Likewise, I find that each day here brings small moments to savor. A young artist attending one of two monthly Community Meals happens to sit down next to another neighbor who, she learns, is also an artist. Before long, they are exchanging poems and Facebook addresses.
 
A young man walks into Midday Prayers and is warmly greeted by name. "We haven't seen you in a while. " So much is conveyed in those few words: We know you. We see you. You matter.

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