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Model Ministries
November 2018

Model Ministries shares stories in an effort to inspire others to action for peace and justice. Have you or your congregation done something you'd like to share? If so, please contact Allison Paksoy at allison@bpfna.org.

ARTICLES

UCC Assists Maine Congregation Serving Asylum Seekers

from the United Church of Christ on BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz Partner Congregation Williston-Immanuel United Church
Williston-Immanuel United Church (WIUC), a 2011 merger of the Williston-West United Church of Christ and the Immanuel Baptist Church, has received a grant from the United Church of Christ to help further its ministry of serving asylum seekers. 
Alison Barker coordinates WIUC's Community Assistance program: "This church seems to a destination for many because we have been able to offer limited financial aid. I consider it humanitarian aid," she said. "We recognize that many of our 'Thursday morning guests' fled for their lives, responding to traumas in their homelands, hoping to land in a safe place. There is no denying the importance of food and shelter. However, these people cannot meaningfully rebuild their lives in this foreign land without having phone access and bus transportation. We offer empowerment and dignity as these new Mainers seek to become established, contributing members of our community. We are grateful for the support we receive so that we can offer compassionate care that says 'We are the church.'"
Ahead of the Curve?

by Rev. Dr. Mike Gregg, pastor of Royal Lane Baptist Church, Dallas, TX

As a progressive Baptist community of faith, most of us believe that Royal Lane is an early adopter when demonstrating Christian love and justice in the community. We have long been members of the Alliance of Baptists, North Dallas Shared Ministries, and Baptist Peace Fellowship. We collect food and funds for the underprivileged of Dallas each month and maintain housing on the property to provide for those most in need. We participate in community-wide discussions regarding immigration, racial justice, and mental health. We believe in inclusion and diversity and extend hospitality to all people including LGBTQ individuals. Within the church, we differ from the public sphere in that we can dialogue through different perspectives and disagree while still sitting together in the pew and collaborating together to achieve shared congregational goals. By Baptist standards, it would seem as though we are ahead of the curve with regards to implementing Gospel values. While we appear to be early adopters by modern standards, how would Jesus judge our actions?

IN PHOTOS

In May 2018, Old Cambridge Baptist Church in Cambridge, MA put up a Mass Shootings Cross to raise awareness about the ongoing gun violence epidemic in the United States. The cross is an "evolving witness to the lives lost in 2018 due to mass shootings." It has tragically begun to fill up in the few months it's been up.
PEACE NOTES
  • Open Way Community Church (Vancouver, BC) started a series this fall to explore (alongside some skilled collaborators) what scripture might teach us about how settlers in Canada can practice truth, reconciliation, and right relationship with Indigenous peoples. 
  • Austin Heights Baptist Church (Nacogdoches, TX) co-hosted and participated in several events around the history of civil rights, racism, and Indigenous history in the Nocagdoches area.
  • Common Street Spiritual Center (Natick, MA) is redesigning their rainbow peace flag to include black and brown stripes to symbolize racial diversity.
  • Members of Old Cambridge Baptist Church (Cambridge, MA) participated in a multi-faith vigil at an ICE Detention Center in Massachusetts to "sing and pray and let [the detainees in their cells] know they are not forgotten."

  • Questions from the youth determined the focus of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church's (Raleigh, NC) Adult Series! Named Caged: The Problem with Prisons, the series discussed some hard questions the youth had about the criminal justice system in the US: •Is inequity the only problem? •Is our system humane? •Is it restorative? and •Can it ever be just?
  •  The Social Justice Team at Royal Lane Baptist Church (Dallas, TX) created this video with thoughts around the role of the church in the public arena/public discourse. Specific questions include: •Should we be talking about politics in church? •What's the difference between politics and partisanship? •What's the difference between justice work and missions work?
Donate to our #GivingTuesday campaign to help more peacemakers attend the Global Baptist Peace Conference!
The 2018 BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz #GivingTuesday campaign has begun! This year all funds raised will go toward scholarships for the 2019 Global Baptist Peace Conference in Cali, Colombia. The campaign runs from November 6-27.
Thank you to those who have donated! So far we have raised approximately $1100 USD toward the campaign. This means we have about $3900 to go to reach our goal by November 27.
Past Global Baptist Peace Conferences have sparked an immense amount of effective grassroots work, and many individual peacemakers have been inspired and equipped to continue their own creative and courageous work.
  • A donation of $500 pays for one family's registration costs for the week
  • A donation of $315 pays for one person's total costs for the week
  • A donation of $175 pays for one person's registration costs for the week.
  • A donation of $80 pays for one person's housing at Unibautista for the week
  • A donation of $60 pays for one person's meals for the week.
And these are only suggested amounts of what you can give. Any and all amounts will help us reach our goal and equip those engaged in ecumenical and interfaith peacebuilding on all continents.
There are several ways for you to donate:
  • Donate online here.
  • Text BPFGIVE to 50155 (US numbers only)
  • Mail a donation to BPFNA, 300 Hawthorne Ln, Suite 205, Charlotte, NC 28204
Thank you for supporting the work of peace rooted in justice!

2019 GLOBAL BAPTIST PEACE CONFERENCE

Peace in Our Land: Toward a World Without Violence

The 6th Global Baptist Peace Conference
15-20 July 2019
Unibautista Institución Universitaria
Cali, Colombia
Click here for more information.
Paz en nuestra tierra: Hacia un mundo sin violencia
La 6a Conferencia Bautista Global por la Paz
15-20 de julio de 2019
Institución Unibautista Universitaria

Cali, Colombia
Haga clic aquí para más información.

CHANCES TO CONNECT

Executive Director LeDayne McLeese Polaski will be in the following locations in 2019 and would love to connect with you while she’s there. E-mail her at ledayne@bpfna.org if you live in the area and would like to find a time to meet.
  • Mar 11-13: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Mar 14-16: Chico, CA USA
  • Apr 26-28: Washington, DC USA
Global Baptist Peace Conference: Help us spread the word!
The next Global Baptist Peace Conference is happening from 15-20 July 2019 in Cali, Colombia! We are asking all Partner and Member congregations to add a link to the conference on the homepages of your websites (click here for the web address). Thank you for helping us reach more peacemakers & making this the best conference it can be!
P.S. We are also collecting funds for scholarships to help more people have the means to attend. Click here for more information.
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Right now iGive has a special offer! They will donate $3 for each new person who supports Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America through iGive. No purchase necessary.
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Support Small Farmers with Equal Exchange and the Baptist Fair Trade Project!
The Baptist Fair Trade Project is a collaboration between Equal Exchange and the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America (BPFNA) ~ Bautistas por la Paz to involve more Baptists and Baptist Congregations in the Fair Trade movement. When you buy from the Baptist Fair Trade Project, your purchase counts twice; supporting Equal Exchange co-op farmers and the work of peace rooted in justice through BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz. 
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Moment of Peace
We have compiled a collection of peace- and justice-themed worship resources for you to use during the Advent and Christmas season. See the link below.
Advent and Christmas worship resources (compiled by BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz)

BPFNA Staff

Luz Amparo Chagüendo Ospina
Summer Conference 2019 / Global Baptist Peace Conference co-manager
Katie Cook
Baptist Peacemaker editor
De'Ann Cunningham
office manager
Evelyn Hanneman
finance manager
Allison Paksoy
communications manager
Hortensia Azucena Picos Lee
Spanish resource manager
LeDayne McLeese Polaski
executive director
Ximena Ulloa Montemayor
Summer Conference 2019 / Global Baptist Peace Conference co-manager
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