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Urgent need for family accompaniment

Posted on Apr 05, 2019

Church World Service (CWS) is sounding the call for faith communities to step in and walk alongside 5 to 7 asylum-seeking families in urgent need of accompaniment.

Many asylum-seeking families are now traveling throughout the United States to reunify with family members or friends, but there is often not enough support in their destination locations to help them find legal support and meet their basic needs, according to CWS.

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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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A living covenant

Posted on Mar 21, 2019

The Alliance of Baptists formed around a covenant 32 years ago. "In a time when historic Baptist principles, freedoms, and traditions need a clear voice," the covenant began. It created clarity from which the Alliance thrived. For more than three decades seven commitments have inspired the Alliance to become a community dedicated to the inclusion of all persons, to pursuing justice and to developing partnerships in mission.  

But it can only be "in a time" for so long.

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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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Diverse workshops set for annual gathering

Posted on Mar 15, 2019

Workshops on topics ranging from tools for global liberation to watershed discipleship will be on tap at the Alliance 2019 Annual Gathering

Robust presentations and conversations will anchor sessions spread out over Friday and Saturday of the gathering, taking place April 26-28 at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. 

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The sacred kaleidoscope

Posted on Mar 15, 2019

One of my jobs as a healthcare chaplain is to serve on the ethics committee. Hospital ethics committees are designed to be diverse and multidisciplinary; they often provide education about ethical dilemmas that emerge along with the benefits of modern healthcare. Ethics committees also provide consultation in patient situations where differing perspectives, goals of care or ethical principles seem impossible to navigate. 

To begin our monthly meetings I facilitate a centering moment. Recently I took a kaleidoscope to pass around in 'show and see for yourself' fashion.

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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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Stretch as you seek to tell that 'old, old story'

Posted on Feb 28, 2019

“Tell me the old, old story/of Jesus and his love.” So goes the old hymn, and it is still true that the church’s calling is to tell that old story. 

The challenge we face is how to tell it in new and fresh ways in a culture that keeps changing with stunning rapidity. How can we communicate the timeless truth of the gospel in ways that will touch minds and hearts bombarded by a steady barrage of competing messages and noise? How do we tell that old, old story in ways that are compelling and attractive? 

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BJC dinner will help launch annual gathering

Posted on Feb 28, 2019

An inclusive approach to religious liberty will be the focus of a dinner sponsored by the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty kicking off the Alliance 2019 Annual Gathering in April.

Tickets for the event on Friday, April 26, purchased separately from gathering registration, are available now. Among those leading the conversation during the dinner will be Corey Walker, visiting professor at the University of Richmond and senior scholar at the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute, and Linda McKinnish Bridges, former president of the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond.

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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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