Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Haggai Week 2


We were well on our way to finishing with the minor prophet Haggai when
this live stream began. We picked up with Chapter 2, verses 10-19 of
this two chapter book. From there we moved on to Malachi and how that prophet dealt with people's disappointment when the rebuilding of the Temple does not live up to expectations. Join us. Or enjoy watching this later. All are welcome.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Haggai Week 1

Finishing Micah last week, we are now moving on to the minor prophet Haggai, writing at the time the Temple is being rebuilt. Haggai reflects on what this means and what the people of Israel hope for the future. It's similar to our hopes for the future as we are coming through a time of potentially great change given both the pandemic and the civil rights issues joined today. Join us. Or enjoy watching this later. All are welcome.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Micah Week 4


We completed the prophet's book, Micah, Tuesday night, June 9, 2020. We picked up where we left off last week with the beginning of Chapter 5. Chapter 6 has a powerful message for us all. While I'm not making any guarantees, we could finish the book of Micah this week. Join us. Or
enjoy watching this later. All are welcome.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

What Does It Mean for Delaware County to Move into the Yellow Phase


If you are concerned about what the transition to the Yellow Phase means for Delaware County, PA, plesase follow this link for information from the county. Stay safe everyone: https://www.delcopa.gov/publicrelations/releases/2020/yellowphase.html

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Justice & Nonviolence



 

A short message concerning what we can do together to assist our African

American brothers and sisters to push back against the sin of racism so

deeply baked into our society. It's a message of encouragement for

everyone and a call to action.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Micah Week 3







This week we picked up with Chapter 2. There will be lots of material about human downfall and what we must do to walk with God instead of stumbling along in the dark being miserable. We ended with Chapter 4. It was a wild ride. You are all invited.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Anit-Racism Resources

If you are looking for resources that will allow you to fight racism that is so badly harming our communities across the nation and around the world, please follow this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BRlF2_zhNe86SGgHa6-VlBO-QgirITwCTugSfKie5Fs/preview?fbclid=IwAR28P0Fj1Q45vWf7bcIBZDYnyK27Q3Wm0Sz2ZWoD-k30aWnUhibuOXNsPjA&pru=AAABcncwwWM%2Ag_ZhqwgXau1saPP5XcsvoA

ABC USA Letter Refuting Racial Injustice

What follows is a letter from American Baptist Churches USA dealing with the chaos that has occurred as a response to racism following the violent death of George Floyd: 


Dear American Baptists,

The death of George Floyd has caused widespread pain, rage, protests, and violence in Minneapolis and across the United States. I appreciate the input received from officers of the Regional Executive Ministers Council, members of the National Executive Council, and others in constructing a response to this event. While American Baptists have never advocated violence, we grieve with those feeling the pent-up pain from years of racial discrimination and injustice. The horrifying video captured at the corner of Chicago Avenue and 38th Street in Minneapolis has released years of frustration that can never be fully understood by those who have not consistently lived with injustice historically and presently.

Acts of current racial injustice as well as the effects of historic racial injustices have been brought into the light in recent weeks as we recognize that African-Americans have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. In a recent study, the Centers for Disease Control found that 45% of individuals for whom race or ethnicity data was available were white, compared to 55% of individuals in the surrounding community and that 33% of hospitalized patients were black compared to 18% in the community. Unequal access to healthcare, jobs, education, and training have all been influenced by the racialized society in which we continue to live.

Unfortunately, acts of violence have been cast upon many ethnically distinct groups within our congregations and among our international partners. Many Chinese as well as Asian-Americans are being targeted, harassed, and even physically attacked because of comments made about COVID-19. In Malaysia, we are hearing reports of the government using information collected from the treatment of persons affected by COVID-19 for deportation despite earlier statements that no one who sought medical services for the coronavirus would be arrested based on their immigration status.

Racism and Xenophobia have deep roots in American history and culture and wrongs cannot be righted overnight. While expeditious action is critical to the pursuit of justice for George Floyd, dialogue, conversation, systemic change, and continued acts of justice to curb the sources of prejudice and discrimination are needed.

In these tense times of ache and agony and stinging memories of bias and wrongdoing, we are called again to combat racism and resist violence. American Baptists have historically advocated against both violence as well as racial injustice. “Our denominational history is rich with resistance against violence. From Roger Williams speaking in defense of First Nations People, to the Abolitionists, down to Walter Rauschenbusch, and Martin Luther King, American Baptists in particular have been on the forefront for the cessation of violence and the coming of Shalom.” (American Baptist Case Statement on Violence from the 2015 Mission Table). I am calling on people of faith to find the resources of the Spirit to calm their anger. “Lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-3, NASV)

Our denominational history is also rich in working toward justice in general and racial justice in particular. “Racial justice,” as defined in our 1989 ABCUSA policy statement, “is recognizing our oneness in Christ, confessing that we have not become what God wants us to be, and committing ourselves to pressing on to that mark of high calling by which we can become a liberating symbol to our nation and world of what it means to be the people of God. In so doing, we can challenge our nation to live up to its high purposes.”

“Thus says the Lord: Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way lies; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.” (Jeremiah 6:16, NASV) I charge our American Baptist family to continue to search, advocate, and live where the good way lies.

Dr. C. Jeff Woods
Interim General Secretary
American Baptist Churches USA