Join the Alliance of Baptists in welcoming Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes Jr. into YOUR pulpit on Reformation Sunday!
Posted on Sep 29, 2020
In partnership with the Alliance of Baptists, Dr. James Forbes is leveraging the opportunity of gathering virtually to beam into pulpits across America for a timely message on Sunday, October 25, 2020, Reformation Sunday. This is an opportunity for YOUR congregation to hear a word from this prophetic preacher of our time at such a crucial moment in our nation's history.
Alliance Leader Urges Action on Mistreatment of Palestinian Children
Posted on Dec 19, 2019
As Alliance members may recall, at our last Annual Meeting we adopted a statement supporting federal legislation to stop the mistreatment of Palestinian children and youth by the Israeli military. Just briefly, each year the Israeli military arrests and detains from 500 to 700 Palestinian children and youth who live in the West Bank. This practice inflicts brutality and trauma on these young people in violation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. In contrast, Israeli children and youth who live in the West Bank and commit violations are not detained by the military, but are subject to Israeli police.
Old Pointe Comfort, The National Council of Churches, and How to be an Antiracist
Posted on Nov 25, 2019
I grew up in Tidewater, Virginia, and am the product of Virginia public schools. I remember many of the field trips I took growing up. I remember visiting the battlefields of Yorktown where I learned Cornwallis surrendered to Washington in the American Revolution. I remember visiting Jamestown where we learned about one of the first English colonies of North America. I remember visiting Colonial Williamsburg to learn about colonial life.
I, too, Sing America
Posted on Oct 31, 2019
After 28 years of living in this country, I recently became a United States citizen. For most people born into privilege, it is difficult to fathom what this means and how difficult this journey often is. While every immigration story is different and everyone's process may not take as long as mine, each immigrant I know - documented or undocumented - has tread some path "through the blood of the slaughtered" to be here. My story is no different.
In Solidarity with Refugees
Posted on Oct 11, 2019
While the Alliance of Baptists' board of directors was meeting Sept. 26-28, our nation's Administration continued on its trajectory of turning its back on refugees seeking safety, shelter and hope with the announcement of the lowest cap on refugee resettlement in recent history. Heartbroken and devastated by the announcement, the board released a statement condemning "..in the strongest terms the Administration's recent decision on moral and biblical grounds."
Simultaneous to the announcement, the church universal was preparing for the celebration of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Observed annually on Sept. 29 since 2014, the emphasis is an occasion for the church to express concern for many different vulnerable people on the move, to pray for the challenges, and to increase awareness about the opportunities that migration offers.
ICE Raids and Mustard Seed Kin-dom
Posted on Sep 22, 2019
He said therefore, "What is the kingdom of God like? And to what should I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches."
There are some folks who say "kin-dom of God" rather than "Kingdom of God." This type of change in nomenclature challenges us to imagine that God's dream for this world is something other than an idealistic Camelot characterized by top-down power. Instead, kin-dom encourages us to think about what it means to be family here on earth.
Building the Dream of God
Posted on Sep 09, 2019
Recently, my friend Paula passed along the Summer 2019 issue of Hunger News and Hope. She correctly assumed I would be interested in a couple of the articles which expressed the work of good people dealing with the immigration issue and how it relates to food insecurity. As it happens, these are two issues that we work on at Englewood Church in Kansas City and our associated food sovereignty and security project Englewood Community Farm. The articles, Food Security and Migration by Adrienne Kruse and The Border Crisis by Jeremy K. Everett speak to the connections between the new flood of people crossing at the southern border of the United States and how the new flood is connected to food insecurity both in their country of origin and their country of destination.
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.
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.
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?