Cullowhee Baptist Church in North Carolina is one of the newest Alliance congregational partners. Learn more about the church's journey into the Alliance in Around the Alliance below.
Around the Alliance

Cullowhee Baptist joins the Alliance, anticipates much shared ministry 
by Tonya and Jeffrey Vickery
When Cullowhee
Baptist Church began 2018 as a new partner with the Alliance of Baptists, several members wondered out loud: "Why did it take us so long to join the Alliance?"
Indeed, the various expressions of faith and practice that are Alliance passions -- ecumenism, partnership in mission, relentless hospitality and social justice -- reflect well the hopes of the congregation here at Cullowhee Baptist, located in Cullowhee, N.C. Simply put, we chose now to become a congregational partner with the Alliance of Baptists because we believe it best represents the welcome and outreach to all people that the gospel of grace commands.
We are nestled in a wide and protective mountain valley and within the boundaries of the Nantahala National Forest. Cullowhee is a Cherokee word that means either "valley of the lilies" or "buzzard's roost." Cullowhee Baptist has been on the progressive side of Baptist faith and practice since we began in 1821 as the first church west of the Balsam Mountain range.  Keep reading...

Alliance News

Annual Gathering sponsorship helps make event accessible

by Jason Smith

For many of us, the Alliance of Baptists'
Annual Gathering is a time of reconnecting with friends, learning ways to be better advocates for justice, and joining other like-minded Baptists in engaging with the Spirit's call. And, because the Alliance aims to live out the inclusivity and embrace of the gospel message, we are intentional about welcoming people of all backgrounds and situations to this yearly event.
As such, we offer free admission through scholarships to college, graduate and theological students, and workshop facilitators are offered reduced and complimentary registrations. On-site childcare for children five and under also is provided so parents can attend, and the Alliance covers ancillary expenses related to facilities used at the host site.
You are invited to help make the 2018 Annual Gathering April 26-29 at Harmony Creek Church in Dayton, Ohio accessible to all by becoming a sponsor.  Keep reading...

Early bird registration ends March 26, 
which also is the deadline for children's 
and youth programming.

In Partnership

Active Hope brochure features partners' hope-filled work

by Toya Richards

Whether it's providing 
life skills for veterans who've experienced homelessness, holding tutoring and literacy programs for youth, or making available toiletries, food and clothes for those who are without, Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries in New York City is on the front lines of providing direct 
services and educational support to the most vulnerable living in its community and the city.
That's why it is one of 36 Active Hope ministry partners the Alliance of Baptists is committed to around the world. Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries' work, as well as that of several other Alliance ministry partners, is featured in the new Active Hope print brochure (formerly Bridges of Hope) now available to order. To do so, email
An image from Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries is featured on the cover of the brochure, and inside are details about it and the work of seven other partners. A complete list and information about all the Alliance's Active Hope partners can be found online, along with information on how to support them by giving to the Alliance.

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.

Ecumenical Partner Highlight

Church World Service is 
urging faith leaders and 
to sign letters by March 27 expressing concern for the 
low levels of refugee arrivals and urging the Trump administration t o do all it can 
to resettle at least 45,000 refugees this year

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"

New Worship Resource

Download this new hymn 
composed by Larry Schultz for the 75th anniversary of Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C, an Alliance of Baptists congregational partner. It has been adapted for general use by Alliance congregations.


April 8 - Toya Richards will  preach at Crescent 
Hill Baptist Church, 
Louisville, Ky.

April 11 -  Ken Meyers will worship at Judson Memorial in New York City, N.Y.
April 20-22 - Jason Smith will attend the  Missional Wisdom Foundation Annual Gathering in Dallas, Texas.

April 24-29 - Alliance staff will attend the Alliance Spring Board of Directors' meeting and the 
2018 Annual Gathering, Dayton, Ohio

May 7-9 - Paula Clayton Dempsey will attend a meeting of the National Council of Churches' governing board, Washington, D.C.

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