General CBF / Internationals Ministries / Justice and Peacemaking Ministries / Missions

Interfaith Dialogue: God turns missteps into expressions of grace

Throughout the Christmas season, we helped organize and/or participated in various interfaith dialogue events. Some of them were between women’s groups as Christians and Muslims shared the story of Jesus’ birth.  In others panelists responded to specific questions regarding their faith. Read this Religious Freedom USA blog post regarding one of those events. Following is … Continue reading

General CBF / Internationals Ministries / Justice and Peacemaking Ministries / Missions / Resources

CBF Field Personnel and Partners Address Human Trafficking

While visiting with some young friends from Iran, I mentioned the American custom of recognizing mother’s on a particular day in May. The young woman told me that though the government in Iran sets a day to recognize mothers according to the Islamic calendar, she prefers to celebrate on March 8th, International Women’s Day. I … Continue reading

General CBF / Justice and Peacemaking Ministries / Missions / Poverty & Transformation Ministries

Doing Justice Requires Listening

Harry Rowland, CBF’s Missional Networks Specialist, reflects on the church’s gospel calling to be an advocate for those living on the margins of society. One of the greatest handicaps of caring Christians is thinking we know and understand the needs of those living on the margins of society. An honest confession is needed here. We … Continue reading

General CBF / Internationals Ministries / Justice and Peacemaking Ministries / Missions

Pockets of Peace on Earth

Each year a theme seems to emerge for me during the Christmas season. This year the theme has been the words the angels sang after announcing Jesus’ birth, “Peace on earth.” I confess I often wonder if it is possible. Between our work with various groups of immigrants and refugees not to mention the media’s … Continue reading

General CBF / Justice and Peacemaking Ministries

Churches remember victims of violence on Second Sunday of Advent

Louisville-area churches have a meaningful innovation for the Second Sunday of Advent. Highland Baptist Church joins with Ridgewood Baptist and St. William Catholic churches in Louisville this Sunday to remember victims of violence and their families in their community by placing crosses on the front lawn of the church. This Sunday following their morning worship services, Highland … Continue reading

Internationals Ministries / Justice and Peacemaking Ministries / Missions

God’s Gift

Sue and I began LUCHA Ministries in 2004 with United Methodist colleagues Victor and Heather Gomez to address social, spiritual, family and community-development needs we observed in the Latino community in the greater Fredericksburg, Virginia area.  In partnership with area agencies, churches and others, we’ve offered ministries of transportation, translation, food, spiritual outreach, summer youth activities, … Continue reading

General CBF / Justice and Peacemaking Ministries / Missions / Student.Go

What is Justice?

This past week I participated in the second annual Selah Vie conference.  Selah Vie—Pause Life—is an end of summer reflection conference for graduate and college students who have served with Student.Go, Passport, or as CBF congregational interns.  It is easy to forget how old you are until you get about 150 college students together.  Continue reading

Economic Development Ministries / General CBF / Justice and Peacemaking Ministries / Poverty & Transformation Ministries

Questions about Microcredit

Microcredit providers currently make available an estimated $50+ Billion dollars to entrepreneurial borrowers around the world.  That’s twice as much money at work in microfinance as in 2006, when CBF Foundation first considered making microfinance investments available to endowment investment clients.  As the dollar volume in microcredit increases so do the questions and concerns about … Continue reading

Economic Development Ministries / Education Ministries / Justice and Peacemaking Ministries / Poverty & Transformation Ministries

Micro Enterprise Development: Stability Matters

Economic stability matters.  Tell me your favorite global issue and I bet economic stability for families is a fundamental part of the solution.  Are you passionate about global health?  Families with economic stability see the doctor.  Perhaps your heart is devoted to stopping hunger.  Families with economic stability eat.  Education?  Economically stable families send their … Continue reading