(From left) Carol Blythe, Carole Collins, Paula Clayton Dempsey and Toya Richards were among those who represented the Alliance at the National Council of Churches' Rally To End Racism in Washington, D.C. Read more in Alliance in Action below.
Alliance in Action

Alliance commits to eradicating 'the entrenched racism that grips our nation'
by Paula Clayton Dempsey
Racism is just as woven into the warp and woof of the American fabric as it was 50 years ago when Martin Luther King Jr. gave his life addressing the impact of its evils in our society. 
Alyssa Aldape, First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, D.C., and a visitor to Calvary Baptist Church from Venezuela. Both churches are Alliance congregational partners.
Since then the church universal--and the Alliance of Baptists in particular--has given a nod to confessing our complicity in slavery,  all the 
while benefiting from white privilege and the imbeddedness of systemic racism in our world and lives. The first statement 
generated by the Alliance after its formation is a statement of confession of the sins of slavery and  of condoning slavery committed by our  Baptist forebears.
April 4 the Alliance gathered with the member communions of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and its partners to unite to end racism.  
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Practicing Congregation

Revisioning the Alliance covenant

by Tim Moore

"What are your thoughts about wedding vows?" is a question I'll ask an engaged couple during a wedding planning meeting. Many have detailed ideas about flowers and bridesmaids' dresses and music but haven't given much thought to the words they would say to publicly commit themselves to each other. Usually I hand them a selection of a dozen traditional and contemporary wedding vows and encourage them to discuss them and select one, modify one or write their own by our next meeting. And why they select what they select becomes part of our next discussion.

Occasionally, I've had the pleasure of celebrating the renewal of wedding vows. Sometimes that's been when a couple is celebrating a 25th or 50th wedding anniversary. Sometimes it's when a troubled marriage has reconciled and they want to mark a new beginning. Depending on the circumstances some want to repeat the words they once said to each other, while others desire new vows to express a deeper appreciation of their covenant to one another.  Keep reading...

Alliance News
Conference to equip clergy, laity to have open, honest conversations about sex

by Lolita Cusic
David took Bathsheba away from her husband Uriah. Delilah seduced Sampson. Abraham slept with another woman -- with his wife Sarah's permission. And King Solomon wrote love poems.
Sex, love and lust are everywhere in the Bible. So why aren't more Christians comfortable talking about sex in the church?
The Alliance of Baptists will be addressing that subject at its JUSTSEX conference to be held Oct. 18-20 at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, Tenn. 
"I believe and the Alliance believes that discussing human sexuality in church can help change the way the world perceives sexuality," said Carole Collins, director of operations and finance for the Alliance.  
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The countdown has begun to the Alliance's 2018 Annual Gathering April 26-29 in Dayton, Ohio. Don't miss:
  • An in-depth faith and climate workshop. 
  • Workshops led by powerful faith and social justice leaders.
  • An Ecumenical Inter-Baptist Panel featuring Baptist voices from various denominations.
  • Spirit-filled worship   led by Mariama White-Hammond on Friday, Deborah DeMars Conradon Saturday and Ched Myerson Sunday.
  • Various fellowship
    opportunities, including a Baptist Beer Garden Thursday night.

Advocacy Partner Highlight

Registration is open for  Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2018 , a national justice and advocacy 
gathering. The event will take place  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.


April 8 - Paula Clayton Dempsey will represent the Alliance at Martha Kearse's installation as pastor of congregational partner Peakland Baptist Church, Lynchburg, Va.

April 14  - Paula will represent the Alliance  at the retirement  celebration for Diane Hill  at congregational partner  Watts Street Baptist Church, Durham, N.C.

April 15 - Paula will represent the Alliance for Marcus McFaul's installation as pastor of congregational partner Binkley Baptist Church, Chapel Hill, N.C.

April 16 - Ken Meyers 
will be at congregational partner Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C.
April 20-22 - Jason Smith will attend the  Missional Wisdom Foundation Annual Gathering in Dallas, Texas.

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

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