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Youth from First Baptist Church of St. Simons Island in Georgia were part of a group that stayed at Lydia's House, a ministry of Park Avenue Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., and volunteered in Park Avenue's summer literacy camp. Learn more about Lydia's House and Park Avenue in Around the Alliance below.
Around the Alliance

New Alliance congregational partner offers ministry of hospitality
 
by Lolita Cusic
 
Long before big hotel chains, Airbnbs or discount travel sites, women like Lydia opened their homes to travelers in need of lodging. The Apostle Paul and his guests even stayed at Lydia's home. That kind of hospitality lives on today in a "house" bearing her name. 
 
Lydia's House  is a hospitality ministry of  Park Avenue Baptist  Church  in Atlanta, a new Alliance congregational partner. It's just one of the many gifts Park Avenue brings to the Alliance body. The church's tagline: Bold. Inclusive. Creative.
 
"Lydia's House started as the dream of a small group Bible study I was leading at a local coffee shop about missional faithfulness," said Lydia's House founder Tony Lankford, then pastor of Park Avenue. "We heard of a need to house mission groups in the city and we knew we had extra space ... so we did."  Keep reading...

Park Avenue Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., which operates Lydia's House, is a new Alliance congregational partner. The church's tagline: Bold. Inclusive. Creative.

Voices

'That's How I Got to Memphis'

by James E. Lamkin

There's a Tom T. Hall song that expresses the effort required by love. Love will lead a lover to a faraway city to help a friend who is in trouble. If necessary, it will, "follow the trail of her tears." The song tells the haunting tale:  That's How I Got to Memphis.
 
Come to think of it, that is my story, too. I finally got to Memphis.    
 
I was there with about 60 Atlanta clergy -- some black, some white. We had talked monthly for a year; my own story of region, religion and racism was on the table. And now, the trail of tears led me to Memphis for the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination.  Keep reading...

Alliance News

The Royal Drummers of Burundi will take part in the Alliance 2018 Annual Gathering.

Last call for the 2018 Annual Gathering 

Don't let it be said that you missed the Alliance 2018 Annual Gathering next week in Dayton, Ohio. There's still time to register. Worship alone, featuring musical artists such as  The Royal Drummers of Burundi and the World House Choir, is reason enough to say "yes" to the gathering. 

If circumstances do prevent you from coming, however, you can participate in all three worship services via live streaming. Tune in to the Alliance Facebook page or the Alliance website April 27 at 5:30 p.m., April 28 at 5:30 p.m., and April 29 at 10:30 a.m. All are Eastern Time.


Advocacy Partner Highlight


Participate in  Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2018 , a national justice and advocacy  gathering  April 
20-23 in  the Washington, D.C. area. The theme: "A World Uprooted: Responding to Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People"

Earth Day Sunday 2018



The Alliance of Baptists joins Creation Justice Ministries in promoting  these resources for Earth Day Sunday 2018 on April 22. Join the Earth Day Sunday 2018 Facebook event to connect with others planning activities.


Upcoming Alliance Conference



Join the Alliance of Baptists for an honest and faithful conversation about sex.  The conference, taking place Oct. 18-20 at the  Scarritt Bennett Center  in Nashville, Tenn., is open to all who wish to foster healthy discussions about sexuality in their own lives and in their communities of faith. Register now.


Summer Communities of Service


Participants in Summer Communities of Service , an ecumenical collaboration between UCC Volunteer Ministries and the Alliance of Baptists, often report it as a life-changing experience.
Learn more and register here.

Calendar

April 25-26 - Staff will attend the 2018 Spring meeting of the Alliance Board of Directors in Dayton, Ohio.

April 26-29 - Staff will attend the Alliance 2018 Annual Gathering in Dayton, Ohio.

May 14-16 - Staff will be on retreat in Raleigh, N.C.

May 19 -  Carole Collins will attend the 175th anniversary of Noank Baptist Church, 
Groton, Conn.

The Alliance of Baptists is a vibrant movement of people, faith communities and ministry partners who are deeply passionate about ecumenism, partnership in mission, relentless hospitality and social justice.

Leadership Team
Carole Collins, director of operations & finance
Paula Clayton Dempsey, director of partnership relations

Staff
Cathy McGaughey, operations specialist
Ken Meyers, faith formation specialist
Kristy Pullen, website specialist
Toya Richards, communications specialist
Jason Smith, congregational engagement specialist