July 28, 2016
Faithful advocate for social justice served churches, mid councils, and PC(USA) national offices
July 28, 2016
July 27, 2016
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 7/27/16)—Watch American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) website at www.abhms.org next week for daily updates from this year’s “Home Mission: ’Til the Work is Done” ecumenical work week in New Orleans.
Featured will be photographs and comments from volunteers helping to rebuild New Orleans by...
- A year from now, the Sea to Sea 2017 bike ride will kick off in Vancouver, B.C., and travel for 10 weeks across Canada and part of the United States to raise funds to fight poverty close to home and around the world.
July 26, 2016
The following is part of an ongoing monthly series on congregational development, which features reflections from Anglicans on how they are responding to the challenges facing churches today.
Decades of building congregations in the Anglican Church of Canada and The Episcopal Church (in the United States) have left Bishop Melissa Skelton with some expansive views on the subject of congregational development, including the creation of related training programs on both sides of...
July 22, 2016
[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican mission agency United Society is to resume using the more familiar name USPG by which it was known between 1956 and 2012. But the agency is not returning to its former full name of United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. The new full name will be the United Society Partners in the Gospel.
The agency has played a long and important role in the history of international Christian missionary activity and has played a...
July 21, 2016
I am shocked and sickened by the violence plaguing U.S. society, including the killings recently of 49 people in Orlando, those of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, and the murders of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge. Numerous others have died violently in our nation during that same time frame.
Ours is an intensely violent, racist society. Can we be surprised so many people are...
July 20, 2016
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 7/20/16)—In response to recent acts of racially-motivated violence during this time of heightened racial tension across the United States, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) encourages dialogue to offer comfort, provide hope and promote healing.
To help launch American Baptist discussion, ABHMS has posted the reflections of an inter-racial group of American Baptist faith...
July 19, 2016
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 7/19/16)—On June 25, the Rev. Dr. Kimberly LaPlante was installed as new pastor of Church of Hope, which is housed inside South Dakota Women’s Prison, Pierre.
The only American Baptist church inside a prison, Church of Hope has a church council and a vital congregation that gathers several times weekly for worship, Bible study and fellowship.
American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) is a major supporter of Church of Hope, having...
July 18, 2016
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 7/18/16)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) will present a complimentary webinar—“Implications of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) New Wage and Hour Rule”—on Aug. 4, 2016, at 2 p.m.
Specifically designed for American Baptist mission partners, the webinar focuses on a new DOL rule, which takes effect Dec. 1, 2016, that increases the salary threshold for exempt employees to $47,476 per year ($913 per week). The rule— issued in May...