Being Chameleons

from LeDayne McLeese Polaski (Baptist Peace Fellowship/ Bautistas por la Paz)
April 26, 2016

Baptist Peace Fellowship training session in Chicago
On Saturday, April 23, BPFNA Executive Director LeDayne McLeese Polaski and former Board Member Chakravarthy Zadda led a Conflict Transformation training for the Asian Church leaders of ABC Metro Chicago. The training was sponsored by BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz and hosted at North Shore Baptist Church.

One of the excitements and joys and terrors (!) of leading trainings is that you NEVER really know what’s going to happen.

Read more of LeDayne’s report…

See more photos of the gathering…

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Mission Offering for May: Baptist Peace Fellowship (5/4/16)

Blessed are the PeacemakersOur May Special Mission Offering is for the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America. The Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America (BPFNA) web site has this to say about the organization: “What comes to mind when you hear the word Baptist? Do you think peacemaker? How about folks who care for the poor, resist racial discrimination, speak out about worldwide injustices and care for the environment? If that is not your vision of Baptist, then we invite you to stay a while, find out more about us and learn what the word Baptist means around here. The Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America works to gather, equip and mobilize Baptists to build a culture of peace rooted in justice.

For further information, see the website at bpfna.org. FBCPA is a charter member congregation of BPFNA. We urge to you give generously. To date we have received $60 toward our goal of $500.

Special Mission Offering for May: Baptist Peace Fellowship

Baptist Peace FellowshipThe Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America (BPFNA) —Bautistas por la Paz web site has this to say about the organization:

What comes to mind when you hear the word Baptist? Do you think peacemaker? How about folks who care for the poor, resist racial discrimination, speak out about worldwide injustices and care for the environment? If that is not your vision of Baptist, then we invite you to stay a while, find out more about us and learn what the word Baptist means around here. The Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America works to gather, equip and mobilize Baptists to build a culture of peace rooted in justice.

As the largest network of Baptist peacemakers in the world, we celebrate and support the peacemaking work done by Baptist churches in Canada, the United States, Puerto Rico and Mexico by raising the visibility of these efforts; bringing peacemakers together in regional and international gatherings; and providing resources, speakers and training to our members. We also actively connect with peacemakers from other traditions, faith-based and secular, to build alliances and work together toward our common goal of a more just and peaceful world.

Information on this summer’s “Peace Camp” is available in the church entryway and here. For further information, see the website at bpfna.org. FBCPA is a charter member congregation of BPFNA. We urge to you give generously.

Our goal is $500.

May is for Peace

Earth in your handsAs we wrap up Earth Month, it is important for us to keep in mind that this is not the end. Rather it is the beginning of an ongoing emphasis we will continue throughout the life of our congregation. So, stay tuned for further reflections on and suggestions for loving the earth and caring for creation. Special thanks to Pastor Gregory for taking the lead on this kick off and for everyone who contributed.

Our focus for the month of May will be peace. This is the month we take our special offering for the Baptist Peace Fellowship pf North America. Our theme will be, “Blessed Are the Peacemakers.” In the Sermon on the Mount, one of the Beatitudes or blessings that Jesus lifts up is this, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9). Sunday’s lectionary readings offer two relevant texts. In John, the writer has Jesus say to his followers, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give you as the world gives” (John 14:27). What does it mean that Jesus promises peace but not in the way we are most likely to expect it? And what is our role as peacemakers. Then at the end of the great apocalyptic book of Revelation comes a vision of a new heaven and a new earth, complete with the New Jerusalem, God’s Holy City. In the center of the city is the tree of life, planted by the river of of the water of life. Its leaves are for the “healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:1-5). Must we wait for the end of time to gather by that river, beneath that tree, to collect and apply its healing powers?

It is Communion Sunday with Worship for the Whole Family. Afterward we will hold our second Quarterly Business Meeting of the year. I also want to alert you that we are planning a church work day for sprucing up our facilities on Saturday, May 14. Please plan to participate. We will go from 9:00 am until 2:00 PM. It will include lunch.

Come Sunday morning at 10:00 AM for worship, study and shared community. Invite your family and friends, neighbors and colleagues, acquaintances and strangers to join us as we begin to explore the things that make for peace.

Together, let us strive…to know God’s love!
Pastor Rick

Ayotzinapa: where are our disappeared?

Via the Baptist Peace Fellowship of America:

By: Jennifer Johnson and Emma Buckhout

Parents of the disappeared in Nuevo Leon
“Mexico is a tomb…. Where are our disappeared?” – Leticia Hidalgo, son was disappeared by men dressed as municipal police in Nuevo Leon (pictured below, third from the left)

Over seven months have passed since 43 students from a rural teachers college in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero were forcibly disappeared in the town of Iguala, yet many questions about the case remain unanswered. We know that students were attacked by local police, who allegedly turned them over to a local criminal group, the “Guerreros Unidos,” to be killed. To date, the remains of only one student have been identified. The Latin America Working Group is joining with our Mexican human rights partners and the families of the disappeared to say that these lives matter and justice must prevail.

Although over one hundred people have been arrested in the case, there have not yet been any convictions—and families have expressed concern that official investigations are not doing enough to uncover the role that corruption and collusion at high levels may have played in their loved ones disappearance.

Read more…

May Mission Offering: Baptist Peace Fellowship (5/13/15)

Baptist Peace FellowshipThe Special Offering for May is our annual offering for the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America. We are one of the original congregational partners of BPFNA, generously supporting their important work over the years. The mission of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America is to gather, equip and mobilize Baptists to build a culture of peace rooted in justice. For further information, see the website at bpfna.org. Please give generously.

To date, we have received $140 toward our goal of $500.

May Mission Offering: Baptist Peace Fellowship (5/6/15)

Baptist Peace FellowshipThe Special Offering for May is our annual offering for the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America. We are one of the original congregational partners of BPFNA, generously supporting their important work over the years. The mission of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America is to gather, equip and mobilize Baptists to build a culture of peace rooted in justice. For further information, see the website at bpfna.org. Please give generously.

To date, we have received $60 toward our goal of $500.