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Ignite a fresh fire with the Alliance of Baptists

Fire is powerful. A source of heat and light, it allows for rapid transformation. Fire inspires our vision for the Alliance of Baptists as we, like fire, seek to provide an avenue for transformation, renewal and rebirth in church and society today. 
Make a financial gift to the Alliance of Baptists and ignite a  fresh fire for God's justice and hope in our world! 
This September, a generous Alliance supporter will match all gifts from first-time givers. Your first gift, if given to the Alliance this month, will be doubled! 
And, if you are already a supporter and make a gift larger than last year's, that gift will also be matched! 

Practicing Congregation

Fall Programming
by Tim Moore

During the next two weeks churches will begin fall programming. For some congregations this means Sunday school will start up again after a summer break. In others Wednesday night activities will include music classes, children's programming, dinner and adult studies. Choir practices, small groups, book clubs, English as a Second Language classes, are all coming to congregations somewhere.  
Whether your congregation has a full slate lined up, or you are preparing to open your whole children's department in a single classroom, such programming is a vestige of 20th-century American Christianity--and I'm not just talking about the bright colored construction paper stapled to a bulletin board.
Several years ago another pastor and I were talking about our congregations. He was lamenting the fact that many of his families were skipping out on Wednesday night programming for their kids' soccer practices. In his mind this represented a problem with his church members--their faith was suspect, their commitment lacking. 

Around the Alliance

Tribute to Virginia G. Neely 
August 10, 1928--August 30, 2018

by Paula Clayton Dempsey 

Virginia and Alan Neely
Welcoming and ushering in the "new" in Baptist  life is a centerpiece of the legacy of Virginia
Neely, who died August 30, 2018 at the age of 90. For 52 years Virginia served alongside her husband, Alliance founder Alan Neely, teaching, writing, editing and collaborating in a ministry that has brought lasting renewal not only to Baptists, but also to the larger church.
With undergraduate and graduate degrees in English, as well as a Master of Divinity degree, Virginia's keen intellect and skillful writing served as a compliment to Alan's vision and academic pursuits. Her warmth and humor equipped them to follow God's call that led them, along with their three children Jennifer, Betsie and Roger, to missionary service in Columbia, South America, for 13 years. 
Virginia's vision of women's rightful place in ministry in the church is embodied in the volume she and Anne Neil coedited: The New Has Come, published in 1989 by the Alliance. 
Register Now!

Click below and watch this video detailing the Alliance's upcoming  JUSTSEX conference Oct. 18-20 in Nashville, Tenn. This justice-focused event will equip  people of faith to engage in constructive conversations about sexuality.


It's happening once again -- a retreat designed to attend to the rest and renewal of clergy. CAIRN Retreat 2019 is set for February 24-27 at the  Roslyn Retreat Center in Richmond, Va. Mark your calendar and  stay tuned here for registration and other information.

Community of Practice Workshop

The Alliance of Baptist Community of Practice through ACPE invites you to a two-day workshop Nov. 9-10. "Re-connection and Re-creation: Toward More Just Education and Ministries" will take place at First Baptist Church of Decatur, Ga. T hrough teaching and practicing, ritual and art, participants will begin to re-connect to what roots them and to re-create themselves as more just and more alive human creatures. F acilitators will be Malu Fairley-Collins and Tammerie Day.

Bright Stars of Bethlehem

Join Alliance partner Bright Stars of Bethlehem for The Jerusalem Conference
on Oct. 11 in Houston, Texas. The one-day event, which is part of the 
Room for Hope festival, 
brings together scholars, ecumenical theologians, and peace-doers around the topic "Jerusalem: What Makes for Peace?" The Alliance is a contributing 
sponsor of The Jerusalem Conference.

New Literary Resource 

Explore the new book Practicing Midrash: Reading the Bible's Arguments as an Invitation to Conversation by Tim Moore. The book can be purchased on Amazon, but a discount is available if you order here. Also available is a 13-week study guide to use in small groups or Sunday school classes. Download it for free here


Sept. 23 - Paula Clayton Dempsey will preach at Lake Shore Baptist Church, Waco, Texas

Sept. 24-25 - Paula Clayton Dempsey will attend the "Nevertheless She Preached" conference, Waco, 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