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  • Latest Judson Press Release Empowers Preachers for the “Sunday After”

    VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 03/15/2023)—The question what shall I preach? is constant for those called to deliver God’s word, but the weight of that moment is even more pronounced when following high-profile incidents of racial injustice. From the perspective of the pulpit, the Rev. Dr. Clarence E. Wright’s new book, “The Sunday After: Preaching in

  • ABHMS launches America for Christ 2023; resources available online

    VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 03/08/2023)— American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has launched its America for Christ (AFC) Offering 2023 with a theme, “Grace Upon Grace,” inspired by John 1: 16-17 [NRSV]: “From His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus

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    VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABSN 02/15/2023)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) is pleased to announce that the Rev. Dr. Patricia Murphy, BCC, ecclesiastical endorser and a member of the Leadership Empowerment Team, was elected chair of the Association of Religious Endorsing Bodies (AREB) at that organization’s 2023 annual meeting.

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  • Let’s Talk about Mental Health (series on Thursdays in March) • Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (ET)

    Grief. Anxiety. Depression. Death by suicide. Acts of self-harm. Burnout. Fatigue.

    Join ministry colleagues on Thursdays during the Lenten season for a series of 5 webinars on topics related to mental health.

    • Let’s Talk about Suicide • Thursday, March 2
    • Let’s Talk about Grief • Thursday, March 9
    • Let’s Talk about Self Care • Thursday, March 16
    • Let’s Talk about Men • Thursday, March 23
    • Let’s Talk about Our Kids • Thursday, March 30

    We will hear from licensed mental health professionals and credentialed spiritual caregivers in a moderated interview, followed by Q & A with participants. Bring your questions and prepare to listen closely to the candid conversation.

    All webinars in the series will be presented via Zoom.

    Register for the FREE full series, or for specific sessions (offered individually) by clicking on the title above.

  • Being Baptist: History, Identity & Polity • Mar. 14, 21, 28; Apr. 11, 18, 25 • 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. (ET)

    Discover the historic roots of Baptist identity. Compare how the many different Baptist groups relate to one another. Explore how the distinctive convictions of Baptist identity shape our ways of being church together and in the world.

    A 6-week certificate course for $199 on Baptist history, identity, and polity, designed for Baptist leaders seeking ordination or recognition of ordination credentials through an American Baptist Region.*

    Facilitated by Rev. Rebecca Irwin-Diehl, Director of the ABHMS Center for Continuous Learning. Featuring diverse guest voices, including Judson Press authors and local church pastors.

    Click on the title to register.

    * – Check with your Executive Minister to confirm the course meets your Region’s ordination requirements.

  • Sacred Decisions: Faith-based Consensus 101 • Sat., Apr. 1 • 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm (ET)

    Looking for a less contentious church business meeting? Longing for decision-making where no one feels like the loser? Discover the gifts of consensus, a more inclusive and collaborative approach to decision-making in community.

    This synchronous online seminar offers a strong foundation in the art of decision-making by consensus. Practical and interactive, the workshop provides an accessible overview of the process, including opportunities for participants to try out their new skills in small groups.

    The course fee is $75; to register click the title above.

    About the Facilitators
    Marcia Patton and Nora Percival are authors of Sacred Decisions: Consensus in Faith Communities (Judson Press, 2021). Marcia used consensus as executive minister for the Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches, working for equal voice and inclusion in that region which is organized around ethnic caucus groups. As a Hicksite Friend (Quaker), Nora has a long practical history in using consensus as a leader and as a member of Quaker meetings around the country.