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Dreams for the Fellowship: Video from the 2017 CBF General Assembly
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Dreams for the Fellowship: Video from the 2017 CBF General Assembly

Shauw Chin Capps, CEO of Hopeful Horizons, a nonprofit organization that provides safety and healing for victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault in Beaufort, S.C., and member of The Baptist Church of Beaufort, shared about her roots and her dreams for the year as incoming CBF Moderator for 2017-18. Hear her dreams … Continue reading

Creating Beloved Community — CBF church starter blends Mennonite ethics, Catholic peacemaking and Quaker spirituality with Baptist roots
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Creating Beloved Community — CBF church starter blends Mennonite ethics, Catholic peacemaking and Quaker spirituality with Baptist roots

By Ashleigh Bugg What happens when the efforts of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship are combined with the peacemaking practices of the Catholic Workers Movement, a blues-playing Mennonite pastor and international partners from Mexico City? A “beloved community” is formed, according to 28-year-old pastor and Truett Seminary graduate Cole Chandler. Chandler says partnering with people from … Continue reading

We Make the Road By Walking: Video from the 2017 General Assembly
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We Make the Road By Walking: Video from the 2017 General Assembly

Stepping out in faith not knowing the destination is part of the story of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, popular author and theologian Brian McLaren told nearly 1,500 attendees Thursday evening at the 2017 General Assembly. “Celebrate how far you’ve come — you have made the road by walking,” McLaren urged the crowd. McLaren emphasized that … Continue reading

A Journey and A Home: Video from the 2017 General Assembly
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A Journey and A Home: Video from the 2017 General Assembly

We are the Pilgrim Church called for the task of unleashing Heaven’s Kingdom here on earth,” Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter said during the opening business session of the 2017 General Assembly in Atlanta. In an address titled “A Journey and a Home,” Paynter reflected on the truly Baptist nature to be a … Continue reading

Reclaiming and Re-Forming Baptist Identity
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Reclaiming and Re-Forming Baptist Identity

By Terry Maples  I vividly remember sitting around a big table at First Baptist Church in Decatur, Ga., as the marketing firm guiding the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s re-branding process made a presentation to the Movement Leadership Team (state and regional coordinators). The phrases forming together and partnering to renew God’s world that emerged from the … Continue reading

Arkansas coordinator and pastor model racial reconciliation at CBF General Assembly
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Arkansas coordinator and pastor model racial reconciliation at CBF General Assembly

June 10, 2017 By Blake Tommey ATLANTA — After a year of modeling racial justice and reconciliation together, Patricia Griffen, clinical psychologist, and Ray Higgins, executive coordinator of CBF of Arkansas, engaged Cooperative Baptists with methods and resources for just race relations at a workshop during the 2017 CBF General Assembly. Offering both personal and institutional … Continue reading

McLaren challenges Cooperative Baptists to pursue justice and peace during workshop
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McLaren challenges Cooperative Baptists to pursue justice and peace during workshop

By Blake Tommey ATLANTA — “If we want a plan of action for reintroducing the way of Christ in America, we must start by provoking a reconsideration of what Christianity is supposed to be, and that’s a very Baptist thing to do,” Brian McLaren at a June 29 workshop during the 2017 CBF General Assembly … Continue reading