July 2020

A monthly newsletter to keep you informed about ABCUSA

American Baptist Churches USA Call to Prayer Event Planned for August 5, Task Force Focused on Anti-Racism to Meet

The American Baptist Churches USA Board of General Ministries Executive Committee voted at its June 2020 meeting to reconstitute the task force on race and racial violence. The new task force will have an "anti-racism" focus. ABCUSA President Karen Podsiadly recently shared the following definition of anti-racism, "Anti-racism is the active process of identifying and eliminating racism by changing systems, organizational structures, policies and practices and attitudes, so that power is redistributed and shared equitably (NAC International Perspectives: Women and Global Solidarity)."

To begin this work, the ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary will sponsor a Call to Prayer event on Wednesday, August 5 at 2:00pm EDT.

We Need Your Feedback about the 2021 Biennial Mission Summit!
Please 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:  

American Baptist Churches USA Remembers Rep. John Lewis
American Baptist Churches USA remembers Rep. John Lewis, civil rights leader and U.S. representative for Georgia's 5th congressional district. Lewis, an American Baptist, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and was a pioneer in the Civil Rights Movement struggle for racial equality. He was one of the leaders of the Freedom March on Washington in 1963 and the voter registration march in Selma, AL in 1965. He also received the Edwin T. Dahlberg Peace Award from the American Baptist Home Mission Societies in 2003.   
"John Lewis was a visionary leader whose experiences propelled him forward as a model for others. His legacy of leadership and commitment to racial justice will live on forever," said ABCUSA Interim General Secretary Dr. C. Jeff Woods.  

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.

American Baptists are invited to participate in a webinar series hosted by the American Baptist Churches Creation Justice Network. The webinar series, entitled "Praying with Creation: Sabbath, Lament, Restoration/Resiliency, and Resurrection," will meet weekly from July 23, 2020 to August 13, 2020 at 12:00pm EDT/9:00am PDT. Although the first session has already occurred, persons are invited to register for the remaining events at any time. Each session will center on a theme and will include scripture, prayers, reflections, insight from a guest speaker, and an opportunity for discussion on that week's chosen theme.

Join guest speakers from across the denomination and the American Baptist Churches Creation Justice Network, along with the ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary's Minister for Creation Justice, Rev. Rebecca Driscoll, as we explore what God's creation can teach us about living and responding to these times of global pandemic and ongoing racial injustice. 

COVID-19 Resources Available
In recent months, the American Baptist Churches USA Office of the Gen er al 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, including resources for churches as they plan to meet in person, or continue to meet virtually, at the website address below: 

ABCUSA Together: We are American Baptists

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