Plundering Our Planet: A Lament for the past and hope for redemption
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Plundering Our Planet: A Lament for the past and hope for redemption

By Rev. Michelle Carroll, Associate Pastor of Missions, First Baptist Church on St. Clair, Frankfort, KY Over the next few weeks, officials from 197 nations around the world are gathering in Egypt for COP27. This is the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), founded in … Continue reading

Minister to ministers: Michael Cheuk recognized for racial justice work in Charlottesville
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Minister to ministers: Michael Cheuk recognized for racial justice work in Charlottesville

By Chris Hughes Outside the brick walls of the historic First United Methodist Church in Charlottesville, Va., chaos was rising to a fever pitch. White nationalists and white supremacists by the hundreds were rallying throughout the quaint college town to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. They proudly brandished … Continue reading

To China and Back, and Beyond: How Ann and David Wilson hope to establish a future for volunteers in China starting right here at home
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To China and Back, and Beyond: How Ann and David Wilson hope to establish a future for volunteers in China starting right here at home

By Jennifer Colosimo It’s all about who you know, so it is said. That’s how you stay in the loop, how you get ahead, and how you find success, many would agree. But, if we’re honest, that common phrase can mean something different for Christians, because we know it’s not necessarily about us, but about … Continue reading

A window of opportunity is opening for congregations
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A window of opportunity is opening for congregations

By Rev. Laura Stephens-Reed The Theological Education Fund of the Presbyterian Church (USA) recently noted on Facebook that 85 percent of clergy currently serving in the PC(USA) are set to retire in the next 10 years. Eighty-five percent. Let that number sink in. I’m guessing that the percentage is similar across most Protestant denominations, including … Continue reading

A Time to Break Silence: My Lived Experience
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A Time to Break Silence: My Lived Experience

By Rev. Aleisha A. Langhorne In June 2020, while serving as an interim pastor in Washington, D.C., I sent the following email (edited for clarity/brevity) to my congregation. This resulted in a series of Fall workshops and conversations entitled “Seeing Differences Differently” facilitated by Grace and Race Ministries, Inc. I believe that this letter reflects … Continue reading

CBF Virginia / General CBF / Suzii Paynter

Paynter meets with CBF pastors, churches on five-city tour in Virginia

By Aaron Weaver ATLANTA – Cooperative Baptist Fellowship executive coordinator Suzii Paynter kicked-off a five-city tour over the weekend of CBF churches in Virginia. First Baptist Church of Richmond hosted an intimate gathering at the historic Pusey House Saturday evening, April 20, for local pastors and supporters. Paynter shared with the group her hopes and … Continue reading

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Fredericksburg Baptist Church presents CBF Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter with $10,000 gift

At a lunch Monday, June 22, hosted by Fredericksburg Baptist Church, pastor Larry Haun presented CBF Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter with a $10,000 check to support CBF missions and ministries. “We challenge everyone to join in because to do what she’s talking about doing is going to take money, more than we have given before, … Continue reading

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Two communities need help for long term disaster recovery

Two communities devastated by recent disasters have begun “long term recovery” and need help. Since Hurricane Isaac inundated LaPlace, Louisiana with unprecedented flooding in August, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has been working to help residents return to a “new normal.” After a tornado ripped through Hattiesburg, Mississippi on February 3, CBF, along with University Baptist Church … Continue reading