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#GivingTuesday Coming Up!
  
Friends, Giving Tuesday is November 27! This year we're focusing our attention on gratitude, highlighting 30 reasons #AoBGivesThanks. We've highlighted our advocacy partners, theological institution partners, endorsed chaplains and others. Thanks to you, and all our partners, for your efforts and generous support of the Alliance.
 
Visit the #AoBGivesThanks campaign page to learn about those for whom we are grateful, and view the 2018 Stewardship Report to see who gave financially between January and September. And, if you haven't already, consider making a gift to the Alliance of Baptists in honor of one of these partners or for your own reason for gratitude.


Around the Alliance

Oakland's Lakeshore Avenue Baptist partners with nonprofit to bring solar to the church

In an effort designed to contribute "to greening our world," Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church in Oakland, Calif., has launched a crowdfunding campaign to solarize its building.
 
The church, an Alliance of Baptists congregational partner, has joined with RE-volv 'Solar Champions' to raise $40,000 for the 19.5 kW solar array it needs. Once in place it will save the church more than $143,000 during the lifetime of the system and stop more than 1 million pounds of CO2  from being emitted into the atmosphere.
 
"It's time we take responsibility for our own energy use," said Allison Stanton, minister of Christian formation at Lakeshore Avenue. "As the church goes solar, it's my hope that members of the congregation feel empowered to go solar as well. This is taking us one step closer to greening our world.  Keep reading...

View this video on the campaign by Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church and RE-volv "Solar Champions."


Justice & Advocacy

Speak out against 'public charge' rule change 

by Paula Clayton Dempsey

It will only take a few minutes to submit your comments, and it's important that you do so given the current administration's proposed rule that would drastically reshape who we welcome as newcomers to our society. The proposed rule would reshape immigration policy by expanding the definition of who is considered a "public charge," threatening millions of families - many of our neighbors. 
 
The Nuns on the Bus have made it really easy to express our concerns, and we have until Dec. 10 to take action. Submit your comments today opposing the "public charge" rule, and be sure to personalize them with your own faith convictions and stories of people you know and love who will be impacted by the change.
 
There are 24 million refugees and 44 million internally displaced people worldwide. Yet the U.S., one of the wealthiest countries in the world, is welcoming fewer and fewer of these families desperately in need of a home and deporting those who have peaceably contributed to our society for years. And, if the Trump administration has its way, the numbers will be reduced even more. 
 
One-fourth of the children in the U.S. have immigrant parents. They are in danger of family separation, hunger, homelessness and reduced health care unless we speak out now! For more information, check out these interfaith resources. But most importantly, express your opinion now! 


Summer Communities
 of Service 


Applications are now being taken for the 2019 Summer Communities of Service program,  an ecumenical collaboration between United Church of Christ Volunteer Ministries and the Alliance of Baptists. Share now with young adults 19 and older.

2019 Alliance Annual Gathering!


Plan now to attend the  2019 Alliance Annual Gathering  
April 26-28, 2019 in Washington,  D.C. Join us for a time of learning and fellowship at Calvary Baptist Church. The theme: What is Liberty without Liberation?  Stay  tuned 
for  registration information.

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

CAIRN Clergy Retreat


Russell Siler Jones will again be the keynote presenter for the  Alliance's Clergy Affiliate Information & Resource Network (CAIRN) retreat. 
Register now for the gathering set for  Feb. 24-27, 2019 at  Roslyn Retreat Center,  
Richmond, Va.

Calendar

Dec. 2 - Jason Smith will preach at Church at Ponce & Highland, Atlanta, Ga.

Dec. 3-6 - Alliance staff will hold its winter staff retreat, 
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