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ABCUSA NEWS UPDATE

A monthly newsletter to keep you informed about ABCUSA

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ONLY DAYS AWAY...

and there is still time to register!



Registered event attendees can join the online Virtual Attendee Hub as soon as Monday, June 21, when you can begin to:


  • visit with dozens of sponsors and exhibitors and  participate in any number of gatherings within their booths
  • begin viewing resources in the On-Demand Library
  • connect with fellow event attendees
  • get familiar with this year’s technology features
  •  and much more.


Use these social media tags when posting about your experience at the Biennial Mission Summit: #ABCImagine2021  #ABCMissionSummit  


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The ABCUSA Anti-Racism Task Force

to Host Biennial Events

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The Anti-Racism Task Force is excited to host a virtual booth at the Biennial Mission Summit. It is good for us to come together again, even in this virtual space. You are invited you to join us June 21-23 (Monday – Wednesday). We will offer three sessions per day on these three days.


View the Anti-Racism Task Force's full Biennial event schedule here.

ABCUSA Connections - 2021, Issue 1

Read the Spring 2021 issue--all about the Biennial Mission Summit

 Click here to view an interactive PDF

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ABHMS Plans Biennial Events

Join American Baptist Home Mission Societies in its virtual exhibit booth at 1 p.m. ET on June 23 for the launch of ABHMS’ Center for Continuous Learning (CCL) during the Biennial Mission Summit week. Meet CCL’s director, the Rev. Rebecca Irwin-Diehl, take a virtual tour of the newly launched website with its custom learning platform, and experience a sample workshop, “What Floats Your Boat? Navigating the Deep Waters of Congregational Change and Discernment.”


CCL is a hub for practical mission education, committed to empowering God’s people for today’s real-life challenges. Seeking to equip leaders as disciples, to make disciples into leaders, and to train God’s people to fulfill their ministry passions, CCL features interactive, intercultural and incarnational learning experiences. These learning experiences reflect current trends in leadership training, address society’s need for healing and justice, and create mission education for emerging generations. Courses in development for summer are as follows:


  • CeCaLi: in Spanish; first of four live, synchronous learning experiences on July 10;
  • Grant-writing webinar: late summer, on-demand, date to be determined; and
  • Network leadership course: featuring Jane Wei-Skillern, summer, live, date to be determined.


See more from ABHMS here.

Click on additional partners' logos or links to see what they have in store for the Biennial Mission Summit!

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and check back on THIS PAGE for a Detailed Schedule of meetings, activities, and main sessions.


BE A 2021BIENNIAL MISSION SUMMIT BOOSTER


Whether you will participate as a delegate, general participant, watch-party party-er, American Baptist staff, Exhibitor, Sponsor, special guest, or even if you are not able to join us during event week this year for whatever reason – you are invited to be a part of our 21-Day Boost:

 

From June 1 through the end of June 21 your mission support gift of $100 or more adds you to our 2021 Biennial Mission Summit Booster Sponsors List. 

Give Online: Choose Fund “ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary” Type “2021 Booster” in the Comment Box. Click this button to submit Your Boost Today!

The ABCUSA Board of General Ministries Held Virtual Meeting June 3-4

The American Baptist Churches USA Board of General Ministries met virtually on Thursday, June 3-Friday, June 4. The board meeting occurred prior to the ABCUSA Biennial Mission Summit, which will meet online June 24-26, 2021.


President Karen Podsiadly called the meeting to order with a warm welcome to all attendees and a special welcome to newest Board Directors: Laura H. Austin (Connecticut), Christopher E. Hamilton (Pennsylvania and Delaware), John A. Nichols (Central Pacific Coast), Lillian Ramos (New Jersey), Damaris Santiago-Lebron (Puerto Rico), Douglas V. Scalise (Massachusetts), and Dwayne T. Williams (Dakotas).


Read more here.



Read the latest stewardship blog on talking about money from Rev. Stacy Emerson

This month, The Generosity Project is publishing two blogs from the Rev. Stacy Emerson. These two blogs entitled "Talking About Money . . ." and "Stewardship and Sustainability" will be available on the ABCUSA website to assist and support new growth and understanding as we deepen our ministry and discipleship. 


The Generosity Project examines the challenge of stewardship in the 21st century and looks at learning how to re-frame the conversation. It looks at how we can create experiments to nurture generosity in ourselves, our families, and our congregations.


Read the latest blog "Talking About Money . . ." here.


With questions, please contact Rev. Stacy Emerson, ABCUSA Stewardship Facilitator: 800-ABC-3USA x2010, or stacy.emerson@abc-usa.org.

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One Great Hour of Sharing Announces 2021 Theme “Let Love Flow”


The season for the promotion of One Great Hour of Sharing is here! The theme of this years’ annual offering is Let Love Flow. Despite the many ways in which life has been restricted in the past year, I think you will be encouraged to learn how your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing did indeed Let Love Flow.


Read more about this year's One Great Hour of Sharing campaign here.

Ministry Opportunities

The Ministers Council of the American Baptist Churches USA is searching for a part-time Program Administrator to work in their West Chester, Pennsylvania office. A full position description and application instructions can be found here.


The application deadline is Saturday, July 10.

Click here for additional ministry opportunities including:


and more...

Disability Insurance: The Forgotten Safety Net


Accidents happen. We’ve all heard it. We all know it.


Yet, when it comes to accidents, injuries, or illnesses that sideline someone from work, many people think that they only happen to somebody else.



Read more about the benefits of disability insurance in MMBB’s May 2021 article.


Baptist World Alliance Congress

Join the Baptist World Alliance July 7-10 for the first virtual Baptist World Congress and help make history together as part of the world’s largest gathering of Baptists.


Watch a special invitation from BWA General Secretary Elijah Brown here.


View Schedule Here  
Click Here to Register

The American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin Explore the Realities of Our New Normal in Most Recent Stewardship Article

The COVID 19 era has been a curse and, in some ways, a blessing for so many churches. Several churches have closed while others have flourished. This deadly COVID 19 virus has caused much fear and loss.  It has forced the church to permanently change the overall concept of what church means, is and does. This Commission on Congregational Mission has researched current information on stewardship, today’s churches, and their youth. The following is a brief reflection drawn from our efforts.


Read the full article here.

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