October 2021



A monthly newsletter to keep you informed about ABCUSA

Savvy Student Loan Management Webinar


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A high-impact program for today’s borrowers


This engaging and practical presentation offered for American Baptist clergy and seminarians will help you get a grip on your student loans by clearly explaining:

·      The big picture: student debt as part of your total financial picture

·      How COVID 19 and the CARES Act impacts student loan borrowers

·      Understanding the eligibility requirements of the various repayment plans

·      Loan forgiveness from A to Z

·      Tax issues specific to student loan borrowers

·      Pros and cons of private student loan refinancing


Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 1:00pm-2:15pm ET

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Bring your toughest questions because the expert is in the house!

Don’t miss attorney and nationally recognized expert Heather Jarvis:


Heather Jarvis is widely known for her depth of knowledge and accessible teaching style. She has provided student loan education and consultation for universities, associations, and professional advisors since 2005. Heather graduated cum laude from Duke University School of Law in 1998 and dedicates her professional efforts advocating on behalf of high-debt student loan borrowers. Heather contributes to student debt relief policy for the House Education Committee and others in Congress and recently completed service on the American Bar Association Task Force on Financing Legal Education.


The webinar will be hosted by ABHMS' Center for Continuous Learning. Sponsored by ABHMS and ABCUSA, with funding from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

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Save the Date!

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Save the Date and plan to join us online for the second conversation in the "Everyday ABC Conversations" series on Tuesday, November 30, at 3:00pm ET on the Zoom platform.

Hear from Presenters Rev. Betty Wright-Riggins and Rev. Judy Fackenthal, ABCUSA Spiritual Direction Team leaders.

Register today!

More about Everyday ABC Conversations:

Due to the popularity of the recent Mission Summit Conversations in which over 650 American Baptists simultaneously participated in dialogue during the 2021 Biennial Mission Summit, the American Baptist Churches USA has launched a series of dialogues, entitled, “Everyday ABC Conversations.” The first conversation was held on October 13. Learn more here.


Hear from Rev. Dr. Marie Onwubuariri

at "Celebrating Ministering Women: Radical. Redeemed. Ready."

You’re invited to “Celebrating Ministering Women: Radical. Redeemed. Ready.”, June 15-18, 2022, at the Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake, Wis. The conference will highlight inspiring women in ministry and will bring together men, women, lay and ordained to celebrate and recognize the positive history and future of American Baptist women ministering throughout the world.

Join national leaders including Rev. Dr. Marie Onwubuariri, associate general secretary for Mission Resource Development with the ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary, who will serve as poet laureate for the event.

Learn a bit more about Dr. Onwubuariri through her responses about her life in ministry here!

To learn more about the conference visit www.radicalredeemedready.com


NCC Governing Board Approves Updated Edition of the NRSV Bible, Holds Historic Elections


The Governing Board of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) met virtually for its biannual board meeting on October 13, 2021. At the meeting, the NCC Governing Board approved the Updated Edition of the New Revised Standard Version (NRSVue) of the Bible, which is considered the most meticulously researched, rigorously reviewed, and faithfully accurate English-language Bible translation.

Rev. Dr. A. Roy Medley, general secretary emeritus of American Baptist Churches USA, was involved in the work on the revision in his role as president of Friendship Press, a subsidiary of the NCC, which will publish the NRSVue. The NRSVue will be available through the Word@Hand app here. Licensees may release NRSV Updated Editions of the Bible on or after May 1, 2022.

Also for the first time in its 71-year history, the NCC Governing Board elected all women as officers. The officers began their two-year terms effective October 13. Learn more.


We invite you to visit the ABCUSA website to view the Transitions Periodic Report provided by MMBB Financial Services. This report includes information about ministry leaders and pastors who have died in recent months.

MMBB’s Strategic Pastoral Excellence Program (SPEP) Helps Members Take Charge of Their Finances


MMBB’s Strategic Pastoral Excellence Program (SPEP), which provides pastors and their spouses with tools and strategies for financial wellness, has transformed lives and ministries. 

Learn more.

Planning Your Path To Retirement -

Creating An Income Plan (>50)

Thursday, October 21, 2021

2:00pm ET

This second of two webinars on retirement planning is for individuals in their mid-careers, over age 50. We will help you evaluate where you are financially, and focus on steps you can take towards meeting your retirement goals.

Click here to register.

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MissionWorks Meets Virtually in TABCOM

The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts (TABCOM) held a virtual event, MissionWorks, on October 9.

Learn more about TABCOM and view worship video from MissionWorks here.


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