Clinton And Trump Debate On Bitter Ayotzinapa Anniversary

By Ted Lewis, Director of Human Rights programs for Global Exchange (from BPFNA/ Bautistas por la Paz):

The first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is taking place on the anniversary of the September night, two years ago, when 43 Mexican students were violently attacked and “disappeared” by police, military and criminal gangs in Iguala, Mexico.

That’s important, because whether or not the candidates even talk about Mexico on Monday night, the complex relationship between the United States and Mexico has become a high profile electoral issue. But the Ayotzinapa tragedy — so emblematic of the toxic mixture of political repression and impunity that has accompanied drug war militarization and free trade neo-liberalism — has not been part of the debate.

Read more at the Huffington Post.

Being Inter-religiously Baptist

Currently in the United States: Muslims and mosques all over the country report an increased rate of assault and vandalism. Many people from Muslim nations are being refused entry visas for pursuit of legitimate and meritorious endeavors in the U.S. Similarly, many foreign Muslims are being detained in this country for technical visa violations that are not being uniformly enforced. Persons of Middle Eastern descent and those belonging to other faith traditions, e.g. Sikhs, are mistaken for Muslims and subject to increased incidences of prejudice and discrimination. An increased number of Muslim women, whose dress makes them easily recognizable as belonging to a non-majority faith, are fearful of venturing outside their homes even for simple errands or to attend worship services for fear of the prejudice they encounter outside their doors. Strident voices make increasingly inflammatory public statements and unfounded verbal attacks. Continue reading Being Inter-religiously Baptist

Versie & Karen: Happiness, Health And A Homecooked Meal

From Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco:

Versie and Karen on their porchAs anyone far enough from the San Francisco Bay can tell you, summer days can get hot – even those tacked onto the front of an early autumn. But sitting in the shade of Miss Versie Williams’s East Palo Alto home, you can escape the heat and allow your mind to wander to more important things.

Like, for example, your stomach.

“Every morning, she invents a new breakfast,” explains Versie’s oldest daughter, Karen. “My favorite is the grits with shrimp and chicken and jalapeno peppers….From the time she wakes up, she always in the kitchen. She’s a kitchen person.” Continue reading Versie & Karen: Happiness, Health And A Homecooked Meal

In the World: Anti-Immigrant Walls and Racist Tweets

Migrants in Europe
Migrants are increasingly attempting to enter Europe overland from the East. EPA/Nake Batev

Anti-Immigrant Walls And Racist Tweets: The Refugee Crisis In Central Europe

Jan Culik

While many citizens of Western Europe don’t seem particularly enthusiastic about taking in the refugees fleeing war and poverty in Syria, the crisis has provoked a remarkably strong wave of xenophobia and Islamophobia in the countries of Central Europe.

Hungary is planning to build a four metre-high wall along its border with Serbia in a bid to keep immigrants from crossing. This follows comments from Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, who denounced an EU plan to resettle some of the refugees across member states as “mad”.

Continue reading In the World: Anti-Immigrant Walls and Racist Tweets

Bearing Witness, But Never Finding Justice

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The Problem We All Live With: Bearing Witness, but Never Finding Justice

Emilie Townes

We do not love ourselves. We have become cavalier with each other’s lives and we, as a nation, have not yet decided that we have reached the point where we will now practice willful and strategic eradication of the complex character that makes us an unloving society.

Let me be clear, the kind of love I am talking about is not romantic. It is a love forged out of the gospel call to dig deep into our innards and find the spaces of compassion sequestered there, to pull them out into our social and political lives to create a society that values the great diversity of folks that shape us into a nation. The kind of love we tend to practice is not this kind of love—it is hoarding. It is protecting what we have, protecting who we are, circling the wagons around our ideas and beliefs, failing to look up and out into the faces of the many-ness of this country. Continue reading Bearing Witness, But Never Finding Justice

OGHS Relief for Syrian Refugees

Syrian refugeesVALLEY FORGE, PA (9/17/15)—The Board of Directors of IM officially expressed its long-term commitment to supporting Syrian refugee and IDP communities in the recent International Ministries Resolution on Syrian Refugees. The resolution paves the way for a focused mobilization of human and financial resources to pray for, meet the needs of and prepare to receive Syrian refugees.

As a first step in this next stage of response, IM has sent an additional $10,000 in OGHS emergency funding to provide immediate relief for Syrian refugees and IDPs. Of this grant, IM partners Hungarian Baptist Aid and the Union of Baptist Churches of Serbia have each been given $5,000. The aid will be used to supply food and water, clothing, shelter and medical clinics. Future OGHS grants will support the efforts of all IM partners who are providing relief to Syrian IDPs and refugees.

Read more at ABC/USA

Baptist churches should emulate Black Lives Matter movement, says advocate

Michelle Higgins (Photo/CBF)
Michelle Higgins (Photo/CBF)

Baptist News Global, Blake Tommey, June 28, 2016

A Black Lives Matter advocate fired a shot across the bow of Baptist churches, challenging them and other Christians to embrace Christ’s calling to care for society’s most oppressed.

“The story of the church in recent years is that that we have failed to be the Black Lives Matter movement,” said Michelle Higgins, director of worship and outreach at South City Church in St. Louis. “So we must bear the reproach of confessing to people on the margins that we care more about building new buildings, moving out of dangerous neighborhoods, creating state-of-the-art children’s centers — that the people of God have abandoned God’s covenant. …” Continue reading Baptist churches should emulate Black Lives Matter movement, says advocate