So What Do We Do?
advocacy

So What Do We Do?

By Stephen K. Reeves By now you’ve read some of the powerful statements from faith leaders following the violent insurrection at the Capitol on January 6. You can find the initial statement from Paul Baxley here and a follow-up here. Our CBF state and regional leaders worked quickly to release this joint statement. When our … Continue reading

Advocacy Action Alert: Lend your voice to support raising the U.S. annual ceiling for refugee admissions
advocacy / immigration / refugees

Advocacy Action Alert: Lend your voice to support raising the U.S. annual ceiling for refugee admissions

By Elket Rodríguez People of faith must speak up for immigrants before next Wednesday, Sept. 30, when President Donald Trump will set U.S. refugee quotas for the next fiscal year, CBF leaders urged. The current U.S. refugee admissions ceiling is 18,000—the lowest number of refugees resettled in a single year since Congress established the refugee … Continue reading

Congregations Promoting Peace in Volatile Times – Reflections from a South African-born Mediator
advocacy

Congregations Promoting Peace in Volatile Times – Reflections from a South African-born Mediator

By Harold Tessendorf  As the United States enters the final stages of the 2020 presidential election and as the summer of protests and counter-protests continue in cities and communities across the country, the following questions keep recurring to me:    Is it possible for protestors and counter-protestors alike to express their political views in a non-violent and … Continue reading

Advocacy Action Alert for the Immigrant and the Hungry
advocacy / COVID-19 / immigration

Advocacy Action Alert for the Immigrant and the Hungry

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact every aspect of our lives, the number of people experiencing hunger is staggering. Some of them are immigrants and low-income families, many of which do not even have access to COVID-19 testing and treatment, and are unemployed. The Advocacy Action Team has been urging Congress to protect immigrants … Continue reading

Your voice can protect immigrants from perils of the pandemic
advocacy / COVID-19 / immigration

Your voice can protect immigrants from perils of the pandemic

By Marv Knox Through its extensive network of churches, missionaries and nonprofit partners, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship serves thousands of immigrants who live in the United States. They are not government statistics; we know them personally. They are our friends and neighbors—in colonias along the U.S.-Mexico border, Eastern Seaboard cities, and neighborhoods in-between. Because we … Continue reading

How to Catch a Predator: How CBF Advocates to End High-interest Loans
advocacy / Featured

How to Catch a Predator: How CBF Advocates to End High-interest Loans

By Jennifer Colosimo It’s not the most commonly known advocacy issue that people are talking about. In fact, you might not even know what payday loans are. But the scary truth is that many average, middle class Americans are just one big financial emergency away from knowing all too well what many already do—that predatory … Continue reading

Remarkable Conversations with Your “Enemy”: A Conversation with Michael T. McRay
advocacy / Podcast

Remarkable Conversations with Your “Enemy”: A Conversation with Michael T. McRay

By Andy Hale Do you remember that incredible scene from 2008’s “The Dark Knight,” in which the Joker and Batman sit down from a rather heated conversation? For three minutes and twenty-four seconds, these paragon of opposing virtues sit across the table at an impasse. Batman used his fists and guile, while Joker wielded his … Continue reading

Black Lives Matter in Rural Churches Too
advocacy / Feature / racial justice / Racial Reconciliation

Black Lives Matter in Rural Churches Too

By Chris Hughes Elkin, North Carolina, is a town not known for its civil rights activism. The tiny textile town tucked into the Piedmont foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is more famous for the many vineyards that dot the gentle slopes between Winston-Salem and Boone. With a population of around 4,000 people, it is … Continue reading