January 18-25 is known as the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Along with praying for and working toward the unity of the church, this is a great opportunity to read and discuss reports from the Baptist World Alliance’s international ecumenical dialogues. These have been completed with Christian world communions such as:
- The World Communion of Reformed Churches [1973-1977]
- The Roman Catholic Church (Phase One) [1984-1988]
- The Lutheran World Federation [1986-1989]
- The Mennonite World Conference [1989-1992]
- The Anglican Communion [2000-2005]
- The Roman Catholic Church (Phase Two) [2006-2010]
- The World Methodist Council [2014-2018]
Additionally, Phase Three of international dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church recently finished its final meeting and is now finalizing its report.
Finally, the World Council of Churches, in consultation with the Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, produces a liturgical text and resources for churches in order to encourage prayer and reflection on the need for and the path to the unity that Jesus calls for (John 17:21). Those resources can be found here.
We are thrilled to announce that on January 10th at 1pm ET, the North American Baptist Fellowship welcomed our new President Emmett Dunn. Rev. Dunn will be known to may of you from his work with Lott Carey where he now serves as Executive Secretary-Treasurer, and for his 22 years of service on staff with the Baptist World Alliance. We look forward to the next season of the NABF under his clear and strong leadership.
We are also excited to welcome our incoming Administrative Officers of the General Council for 2023:
President: Rev. Emmett Dunn
Past President: Rev. Dr. Sam Tolbert
Treasurer: Rev. Dr. TaNikka Shepherd
Assistant General Secretary: Rev. Dr. TaNikka Sheppard
Recording Secretary: Zoe Ozirney
Rev. Dr. Trisha Miller Manarin
Rev. Dr. Craig Christina
Members at Large:
Rev. Tim McCoy Rev. Dr. Willie Francois, III
Rev. Brian Ford Rev. Dr. Pat Hernandez
Rev. Dr. Pau Khan Lian Rev. Dr. Robert Cochran
Please join us in welcoming a fantastic group of strong and diverse leaders who we entrust to represent well our NABF family in the year to come.