February 2, 2017
VALLEY FORGE, PA (2/2/17)—“Welcoming Community: Diversity That Works” by the Rev. Douglas Avilesbernal has been named the “ABC Reads” book for 2017-2018.
Sponsored by American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), ABC Reads highlights a Judson Press book every year or two that is appropriate for reading and discussion in small group settings as well as for individual study. The...
February 1, 2017
VALLEY FORGE, PA (2/1/17)—Recognizing February as Black History Month and honoring this year’s “The Crisis in Black Education” theme, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has added a commemorative page to its website that features a related video.
Titled “The Promise of Freedom,” the 20...
VALLEY FORGE, PA (2/1/17)—Inspired by the need for a practical, spiritual resource addressing the Christian calendar and from an Afrocentric perspective, pastor Glenn Porter wrote Journey with Jesus through Lent. This new Judson Press book takes you on a faith pilgrimage for the sacred season.
Based on the Gospel of Luke, this unique, prophetic, and inspiring resource will transform your congregation’s experience of the Lenten season by following in Jesus’...
For Black History Month in February, American Baptist Churches USA is lifting up and celebrating the lives of some of the denomination’s significant leaders through history.
Lulu Cecilia Fleming, M.D.
January 31, 2017
Immigration and Equality
Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer
ABCNJ Executive Minister and Senior Regional Pastor
Greetings and peace in Christ’s name! God’s wisdom is given to us so that we might gain “righteousness (zedek), justice (mishpat) and equity (meysariym)”(Proverbs 1:3; JPS). For 400 years, Baptists in our country and throughout the world have shared a core conviction that...
The ABCUSA General Secretary Search Committee met January 23, 2017, to continue their responsibilities of discernment. The day was spent prayerfully reviewing applications and nominations. From that work, the Search Committee selected persons to be included in the first round of interviews scheduled for mid-February.
The committee requests prayer for the candidates, as well as the Search Committee, that God will lead and that they will be granted wisdom, openness and grace.
January 30, 2017
VALLEY FORGE, PA (1/30/17)—As a cooperating member of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC), American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) stands in solidarity with the BJC’s statement related to last week’s executive order on immigration.
Calling the order a “back-door bar” on Muslim refugees...
On Friday, January 27, Church World Service announced that 2,000 Religious Leaders sent a letter to President Trump opposing the anticipated refugee announcement. Interim General Secretary Dr. Susan Gillies and other American Baptist leaders signed the letter.
As noted by Church World Service:
More than 2,000 religious leaders from...
January 25, 2017
VALLEY FORGE, PA (1/25/17)—Valerie and Aaron Osterbrock of Hamilton, Ohio, were endorsed on December 13, 2016, by American Baptist International Ministries (IM) to serve at the Sabah Theological Seminary in East Malaysia.
The couple will be the only IM global servants currently serving in this Southeast Asian island country. They will be teaching at a multinational, multidenominational seminary with over 400 students.
After the couple has raised the needed...