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Statement on Violence in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021

The North American Baptist Fellowship joins those across the United States and around the world in prayer for peace and justice in Washington, D.C. We condemn the violence, especially when done with Christan symbols and messages. We support democracy, which includes peaceful protest but not a lawless attempt to overturn a free and fair election. […]

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Christmas greeting from NABF

The NABF’s General Secretary, Jeremy Bell with a Christmas greeting

America elected a female Vice President. Now will it put women in the pulpit?

(RNS) — One of the most important stories coming out of the 2020 presidential election is that the United States will soon swear in its first female vice president. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris noted this in her victory speech on Nov. 7, when she said, “But while I may be the first woman in this […]

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Pope: Christmas a sign of hope amid difficulties of pandemic

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says the Christmas season provides reason for hope amid the difficulties of the coronavirus pandemic. During his Sunday blessing, Francis noted that the Vatican’s Christmas tree had gone up last week in St. Peter’s Square, and that work is underway to build the life-size Nativity scene next to it. Read […]

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Pandemic, loss unite two rural Missouri Baptist pastors around faith

Dec. 9, 2020 by Luis Andres Henao, David Crary, & Jessie Wardarski, AP NOEL, Mo. (AP) — Thirty miles of rural Missouri separate the two churches, and so much else. One is mostly White; the other hosts services in five languages for a flock that spans the world. Still, every Tuesday the pastors meet midway between […]

Voices: Justice looks like knowing your neighbor

Justice looks like the Great Commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and, love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-38, Mark 12:30-31, Luke 10:27). In Matthew, Jesus added that the Law and the demands of the prophets […]

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Kamala Harris’s Pastor Expresses Hopes for Greater Social Justice

Republished with permission from Word & Way. The pastor of Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’s Baptist church praises her as “human decency and dignity at its best.” Amos C. Brown, a longtime civil rights activist who has pastored Third Baptist Church of San Francisco since 1976, made the comments in a Word&Way interview for the latest episode of the award-winning […]

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Baptist Church Remembers Record Homicide Year with Annual Advent Service

Republished with permission from Word & Way. For 23 years, Highland Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, has held a service on the second Sunday of Advent with a cross on its lawn for each person killed that year by homicide in the community. This year saw more crosses than ever for its service on Dec. […]

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Only Anne Frank memorial in U.S defaced with swastika stickers

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise police are investigating after the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial was defaced by swastika stickers earlier this week. The stickers, which included the words, “we are everywhere” as well as the Nazi insignia, were discovered Tuesday (Dec. 8) by a visitor to the memorial in downtown Boise. “What makes this […]

Editorial: The dreaded question: What are we doing for Christmas?

What are you doing for Christmas? That’s a tough question to answer this year, because many of us are not doing what we traditionally do, what we want to do. We also may find the question tough to answer, because we’re not sure what the questioner will think about what we’re doing this year. Harder […]