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‘#InThisTogether’ is invaluable handbook for surviving current crises, uncertain future
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 11/23/20)—In a world still reeling from pandemic and in a nation confronting the persistence of racism and systemic injustice, the timely “#InThisTogether: Ministry in Times of Crisis” offers the wisdom of experience from clergy and other leaders on the frontlines of spiritual care and social advocacy. Contributors respond to questions about
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ABHMS board affirms vital, engaged ministry in face of continuing pandemic
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 11/18/20)—“We cancelled many in-person events, but we have not cancelled our ministry,” said Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey Haggray at American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) virtual board of directors meeting Monday and Tuesday. Haggray’s report to the board followed the meeting’s theme set forth in the opening devotion offered by the
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Book examines role of Bible, Constitution in systemic racial injustice
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 10/19/20)—The important and provocative book “With Liberty and Justice for Some: The Bible, the Constitution, and Racism in America” asserts that the two texts we count as sacred—the Bible and the Constitution—have not been merely impotent in eliminating racism but have been used to support and sustain white supremacy. The book
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American Baptist Home Mission Societies convenes second installment of Justice Dialogues
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 11/13/20)—“Post-presidential Election Strategies” was the subject of the second installment of American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) Justice Dialogues held Tuesday on the ministrElife social networking platform. After stressing that all justice work matters, ABHMS Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey Haggray encouraged participants to continue to define justice and to practice self-care
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ABHMS seeks applicants for second cohort of ‘Co-Creators Incubator’
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 11/2/20)—Individuals who seek to turn their Christ-centered ideas into viable ventures are encouraged to apply to participate in the second cohort of American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) two-year “Co-Creators Incubator” to begin meeting in April 2021. The application deadline is midnight on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. The Co-Creators Incubator seeks
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ABHMS hosts third installment of Intercultural Leadership Institute
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 11/17/20)—On Saturday, American Baptist Home Mission Societies Intercultural Ministries held the third installment of its Intercultural Leadership Institute via Zoom on the ministrElife social media platform. Presenting on the subject of “Skills and Tools for Delving into Diversity and Difference” was the Rev. LeDayne McLeese Polaski, executive director of MeckMIN Mecklenburg
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New volume traces history of Black Baptist Church from beginnings to present day
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 10/19/20)—From its theological roots in the Radical Reformation of Europe and North America, the praise houses of slavery’s invisible institution, and the evolution of distinctively black denominations, the history of the Black Baptist Church unfolds in the newly released book “A History of the Black Baptist Church: I Don’t Feel No
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Despite pandemic, New York church expands summer lunch program
“God showed up in every aspect of the program,” Karen Jones reported about First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa’s pandemic adaptation of its summer lunch ministry that reached out to children who live with food insecurity. In the face of the global health crisis, the New York congregation’s ministry attracted more volunteers, expanded into two
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ABHMS, American Baptist Extension Corporation and American Baptist Women’s Ministries relocate to a renovated building in King of Prussia, Pa.…

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