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The Alliance of Baptists joins the National Council of Churches in the fight to end racism. Learn more about this initiative an how to get involved in News and Analysis below.
News and Analysis

Stand for hope, peace and freedom from racism at April rally
 
by Deb Vaughn
 
In August 2017 I joined hundreds of other ministers for the "Ministers March on Washington," sponsored by the National Action Network. The march was billed as "The 1000 Ministers March" and was organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton to coincide with the 54th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. 
 
I was there with my clergy women's affinity group, and marched with clergy from many faiths: Protestant, Catholic, Muslim, Buddhists and Jews. We wore our stoles, kippahs, taqiyahs and robes. But, sadly, most of the marchers were persons of color. It was striking that the members of my clergy group were all Caucasian. We were some of the few white faces in a sea of color.
 
I have to tell you, it grieved me. Where were my white clergy brothers and sisters? Why did they not come? Is the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's "Dream" still viable? And how can I encourage other clergy to get involved in these public expressions calling for solidarity and change?  Keep reading...

Alliance News

Earth as Beloved Community

by Ched Myers

Reflecting biblically and theologically on "Earth as Beloved Community"-the theme of the Alliance of Baptists' upcoming gathering April 26-29 in Dayton, Ohio-can help us recover how to be church. We contemporary North Americans have been socialized to see and value land solely in terms of private possession, economic exploitation and commodification. But unlike our cosmology of modernity, the Bible never understands land as "real estate." Instead, we can identify four major characteristics of land in scripture: as mother of life; as abundant sustainer of living beings; as altar for worship of the Creator; and as home place.
 
Mother In the second Genesis creation account we are told that the human being (Heb. 'adam) is formed from the "topsoil" (Heb. 'adamah, Gen. 2:7)-a wordplay that is tellingly preserved in the English "human/humus." Scripture is unembarrassed and straightforward: we are birthed from the earth (as are all flora and fauna: Gen. 2:9, 19). This spiritual and material understanding has been embraced both by old indigenous cultures and the new biological sciences, but ignored by Christians for too long.  Keep reading...

Annual Gathering early bird registration is good until March 26, which also is the deadline to register for children's and youth programming.


Practicing Congregation

We could use more friends

by Tim Moore

The paralysis of both
Congress and state
legislatures to do anything positive in regards to mass shootings is discouraging. It leaves us asking a depressing question: How many more children will have to die before we do
something about it?  Apparently a lot more.

A number of conflicts in the last half-century have ended by weary attrition instead of victory. The Protestant and Catholic conflict in Northern Ireland came to a cease-fire because people were weary from funerals. But it took several decades of death to make them weary. The Iran and Iraq war, before the U.S.A. got involved with the Gulf War in protection of Kuwait, ended in a stalemate because both sides had slaughtered as many soldiers as they could stomach. Our armed forces left Vietnam for essentially the same reason.

Is that how this culture war will end? We will finally become weary of funerals, decide political victories are no longer worth it and come to our senses? How many years of funerals will that take?  Keep reading...


Women's History Month Resources


View and use these  resources for Women's History Month on Alliance Connect.  

Ecumenical Partner Highlight


The Friends Committee on National Legislation is sponsoring a Spring Lobby Weekend event March 17-20 in Washington, D.C. Immigration will be the focus as hundreds of young adults get lobby training, learn through policy briefings and network with passionate advocates.


Interfaith Highlight

The Alliance is a sponsor
of a  national dialogue between
Muslims and Baptists
taking place April 16-19 in Green Lake, Wis.  Drew Herring of Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, and Eda Uca, a graduate student at Northwestern University, will represent the  Alliance . If you'd like to participate, email paula@allianceofbaptists.org.


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"

Summer Communities 
of Service


Know a young adult looking for a meaningful summer learning and service opportunity? Point them in the direction of Summer Communities of Service, an ecumenical collaboration between UCC Volunteer Ministries and the Alliance of Baptists. 


Calendar

March 11 - Ken Meyers will  teach adults on the value and pathway for connecting our faith stories with God's story at  Woodbrook Baptist Church in Baltimore, Md.

March 18 - Paula Clayton Dempsey will represent the Alliance at Ginter Park Baptist Church in Richmond, Va.

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.


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