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A person pauses in front of Stars of David with the names of those killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Oct. 27. Hear from the Alliance below in Justice & Advocacy. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Justice & Advocacy

Alliance offers condolences, issues call to act 

by Michael-Ray Mathews

In light of recent events targeting Jewish and African American people in Jeffersontown, Ky., and Pittsburgh, Pa., we - the Alliance of Baptists - are once again compelled to express our shared pain and solidarity with oppressed peoples and communities.  
 
We offer condolences to the families of the 11 individuals killed Oct. 27 at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue-- Joyce Fienberg, Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, Cecil Rosenthal, David Rosenthal, Bernice Simon, Sylvan Simon, Daniel Stein, Melvin Wax, Irving Younger --and to the  families of two killed Oct. 24 at a Louisville, Ky.-area Kroger store--Maurice Stallard and Vickie Lee Jones.
 
We deplore these acts of violence and the narratives that give rise to these acts.


Alliance News

Prime time to make a difference

by Tiffany Kellogg Pittman 
 
Working for a seminary gives me several perks. I worship regularly with peers and colleagues fine-tuning their skills for ministry. I hear call story after call story of ways in which God is moving and good things are happening in the kin-dom at hand. I also have access to a network of people who discuss the many ways we can give to nonprofit institutions to ensure their financial future. 
 
You've probably heard that the new tax code includes changes to charitable giving deductions. If you're like me, the idea of having to learn a new way to be charitable is intimidating. Although it's true some things have changed, it's also true an easy and beneficial way to give to nonprofits has stayed the same. Specifically, I'm talking about contributing appreciated stocks, bonds or mutual funds.


Voices

Black candidate, white intruder, ancient suffering

by Ken Meyers

There are few people of color within our ranks. As a staff member with the Alliance of Baptists, the staff and the board of directors are engaging a self-reflective examination concerning our individual and corporate racism. 
 
As part of my personal journey I sought an African-American mentor. He is Rev. Reginald Gundy, pastor of the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., my home city. Reggie and I worked together with ICARE (Inter-Church Community for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment) when I first lived in Jacksonville before returning three years ago.
 
Recently, Reggie called and invited me to a private meeting of black pastors who were to meet the Democratic candidate for the Florida governorship, Andrew Gillum, a black man. Gillum was attending several political rallies, mostly in African American churches, including Reggie's.

Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum

In Remembrance

Kevin David Rose
July 24, 1960 - Sept. 23, 2018

by Paula Clayton Dempsey
 
Kevin David Rose
The Alliance family joins congregational partner Cumberland First Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Ind., in mourning the loss of Kevin David Rose, who served the church for 30 years as minister of discipleship and mission. 
 
A hallmark of Kevin's ministry included guiding 
people to find their own story within God's story. Kevin's creativity for teaching and facilitating this faith story intersection impacted many people.

Enneagram Webinar #2


Don't miss the second Alliance faith formation webinar on enneagrams, featuring Jon Singletary of Baylor University.  The free event takes place  Tuesday, November 13 at 11 a.m. and
8 p.m. Eastern , and space is still available for the evening session. Register  here.

Our Whole Lives Training


The Alliance is offering OWL (Our Whole Lives) sexuality 
education training for church leaders Jan. 24-26, 2019 at 
Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C. The faith-based material from the United Church of Christ is designed to equip congregational leaders of youth and young adults. Learn more and register

Take Action to 
Defend Refugees 


Faith leaders, consider signing on to this  letter  to affirm the dignity of the sojourner and declare welcome for vulnerable families and individuals seeking protection. And if you're not a faith leader, you can still call Congress. Also, check out this new Interfaith Toolkit to Defend Refugees and Families Seeking Protection for the top 5 ways to take action.


Proctor Conference


Register now to attend the 2019 Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference Feb. 18-21, 2019 in Birmingham, Ala. The theme: The Cry of Black Blood: The Call to Sacred Memory. Get details here.  


"State of Clergywomen in the U.S." Report


The Alliance celebrates the release of the report "State of Clergywomen in the U.S.A. Statistical Update," by professor, author and academic entrepreneur 
Eileen Campbell-Reed. The report brings together data, analysis and questions to fill the information gap. The report  is available at 


Calendar

Nov. 1-5 - Ken Meyers will attend the  Parliament of the World's Religions, Toronto, Canada

Nov. 4 - Paula Clayton Dempsey will visit Broadway Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas

Nov. 9-10 - Carole Collins will attend the Alliance of Baptists Community of Practice workshop, Decatur, Ga. 


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