August 2020

A monthly newsletter to keep you informed about ABCUSA
A message from ABCUSA Interim General Secretary  
Dr. C. Jeff Woods - August 2020

Watch the video below by clicking on the image to hear an update from Dr. C. Jeff Woods, Interim General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA. Woods touches on updates from the ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary, regional ministries and the local church.

Task Force on Anti-Racism Forming, Application Deadline Approaches
Following an American Baptist Churches USA Call to Prayer event held on August 5 (view a recording here), persons interested in applying to serve on a reconstituted Task Force on Anti-Racism may find the application form including commitment information here.
Applications must be received by August 15.

The Generosity Project Webinar "Stewardship and Pandemic" Now Available for Viewing, Additional Resources Available
The American Baptist Churches USA Office of the General Secretary webinar "Stewardship and Pandemic" is now available to view by clicking here.
Or, view the "Stewardship & Pandemic Resources" document shared in this webinar here. 
Part of The Generosity Project, an Office of the General Secretary initiative which examines the challenge of stewardship in the 21st century and looks at learning how to re-frame the conversation around stewardship, "Stewardship and Pandemic" explores the dynamics of mission and ministry, and the stewardship that undergirds it, in uncharted territory.

In recent months, the American Baptist Churches USA Office of the General Secretary has shared many resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic on the ABCUSA website. We invite you to review these helpful resources covering a variety of topics at the website address below:

Golden Rule 2020: A Call for Dignity and Respect
As we get closer to our national election and as many Americans have concern that the days a head will be filled with hostility and hatred which will further divide our country, we encourage you to visit our page for Golden Rule 2020 to learn how you can participate. The initiative, which began a few months ago, encourages people to apply Christian teachings to our political discussions.
The purpose of Golden Rule 2020: A Call for Dignity and Respect is to promote the application of the Golden Rule in interactions during this election year.  American Baptist Churches USA invites partners and friends to participate in Golden Rule 2020 because it reminds us that the teachings of Jesus are relevant in all areas of life-even our political interactions.  It is not easy to practice the Golden Rule-especially in difficult discussions with those who have very different views- but our faith requires us to try.

American Baptists are invited to participate in the final webinar in a series hosted by the American Baptist Churches Creation Justice Network.

The final webinar, "Praying with Creation: Resurrection," occurs tomorrow, August 13, at 12:00pm EDT/9:00AM PDT. International Ministries global servant Dwight Bolick will join the Creation Justice Network and ABCUSA Minister for Creation Justice Rev. Rebecca Driscoll for this conversation on resurrection, and will bring examples from his experience serving in Chile teaching local pastors there about bee keeping. Join the Creation Justice Network for a conversation exploring what God's creation can teach us about living as Easter people in the midst of uncertainty.

Attendees may register here.

To view recordings of previous webinars, visit the ABC Creation Justice webpage at

We Need Your Feedback about the 2021 Biennial Mission Summit!
If you have not yet responded, we invite you to take 30 seconds to answer a question about the American Baptist Churches USA 2021 Biennial Mission Summit, June 25-27, 2021, at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico:  

ABCUSA Announces Search for Associate General Secretary for Mission Resource Development
The ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary announces a search for a new Associate General Secretary for Mission Resource Development.
Interested persons are asked to submit applications by August 31, 2020.

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