Judson Press to publish book by Baptist World Alliance general secretary, CEO

VALLEY FORGE, PA (5/8/17)—Judson Press, the publishing arm of American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), will publish “From Fragmentation to Wholeness: Race, Ethnicity, and Communion” by Dr. Neville Callam, educator, theologian, ecumenist, pastor, and general secretary and CEO of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA).

The book examines the impact race and ethnicity often have in causing division in the church, and how the rite of the Lord’s Supper (Eucharist) offers an opportunity for a shared identity in the midst of diversity, through fellowship in the body of Christ and unification and inclusiveness in the Christian community.

“ ‘From Fragmentation to Wholeness: Race, Ethnicity, and Community’ is an urgently needed volume of profound reflection on the untapped power of Holy Communion as a force for reconciliation, healing and wholeness in the church and community,” says ABHMS Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey Haggray. “Rarely in recent Baptist life has a global leader of Callam’s distinction and intellect blended this peculiar caliber of theological, pastoral, ecumenical and activist reflection into such an informative, compelling and accessible treatise. The church now has a fascinating new resource to accelerate our mission reach into the world.”

Callam grew up as a Baptist Christian. His training for the gospel ministry took him to the ecumenical United Theological College of the West Indies, University of the West Indies and Harvard Divinity School. His wide range of interests and commitment to community development have led him to serve in many capacities in both church and society, including several leadership positions in the Jamaica Council of Churches, pastorates in Jamaica, on the Board of Governors and Education Council of United Theological College of the West Indies, and several senior positions in Jamaican media.

Publication is set for July 2017.

To order Judson Press resources, visit www.judsonpress.com or call 800.458.3766.

Founded in 1824, Judson Press is a publishing ministry of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies, American Baptist Churches USA. It is committed to producing Christ-centered leadership resources for the transformation of individuals, congregations, communities and cultures.

American Baptist Home Mission Societies partners with American Baptists to promote Christian faith, cultivate Christ-centered leaders and disciples, and bring healing and transformation to communities across the United States and Puerto Rico.

American Baptist Churches is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with more than 5,200 local congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.