Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, Inc.

Rating: 4.95 stars   56 reviews 532

Issues: Civil Rights, International, Race, Religion

Location: 300 Hawthorne Ln Suite 205 Charlotte NC 28204 USA

Mission: BPFNA was founded in March 1984 by members of the American Baptist Peace Fellowship (founded in 1940) and staff and readers of the journal, "Baptist Peacemaker" (published from 1980-1990 by Southern Baptists in Louisville) to be a unified Baptist voice for peace with justice. Too often Baptist voices are heard supporting war. We firmly believe that we are called to be "peacemongers" and, as such, seek to "wage peace" in the world. This calling is rooted in our faith in Jesus Christ through whom God calls us to the ministry of peacemaking.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I believe that BPFNA is a unique organization and does exceptional work for further dialogue for justice and peace. They are open and non -judgmental , they support and train and educate people everywhere in how to break barrier that stop open communication which lead to conflict and their education and training techniques help any person in any walk of life to use non violent language and engage in dialogue leading to transformative peace. When I took the course offered I became a much more confident and bold person not running away from conflict but accepting the invitation to dialogue and challenge my beliefs and barriers.
Rose Merke Edmonton Alberta, Canada

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The Baptist Peace Fellowship of N. America, a Christian organization. It believes that every person on the globe is loved by God, and should be treated justly. That is the direction to bring peace.

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The Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America helps you learn to resolve conflict without violence and without putting others down. You learn to listen to many sides of an issue and work with people involved in the conflict to come up with a solution good for all.

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In a time when peace sounds almost like an unpatriot word in Baptist circles, the BPFNA continues to link together efforts across the continent to call believers to "beat their swords into plow shares" and employ peacemaking as a higher calling than violent intervention. Daniel G. Bagby

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The Baptist Pace Fellowship of North America has crated a community concerned with non-violent solutions to conflict between persons, organizations and nations. They understand the "myth of redemptive violence" and the way that all violence breeds new violence. BPFNA provides me with a company of kindred souls seeking peace and pursuing it together in a troubled world.

BPFNA builds relationship of trust to bridge the chaos that results from the experience of injustice. Peace Fellowship provides a forum for dialogue and a company of folks committed to resolving conflict. Conducting peace training in this country, in India, and in the midst of natural and man-made disasters allows people to move beyond the blame game to a healing process.

BPFNA has dedicated leaders and volunteers who consistently respond to crisis and make a difference for peace. They provide information, leadership, and action opportunities for those wanting to make a difference for peace..

Their summer Peace Camps bring together people who share a passion for peace with resource people who have showed us and continue to show us peace paths that we can use in our commitment to peace.

The Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America truly is a Great Nonprofit. It deserves to become a favored household word for all who long for peace.

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More by conviction than by heritage, I am a Baptist. As a child of poverty in the Appalachian poverty belt during the Great Depression, I learned early that racism hurtss more than poverty, and injustice offends the Jesus who commands love. Since 1984 I have worked for, and often with The Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America. They have provided spiritual resources for the struggle for peace in our neighborhood and in our world. Following their publications and on the internet leads to even greater enthusiasm for schieving the "Peaeable Kingdom" envieioned by Martin Luther King, Jr. Sometimes I reject identification with Baptists who support wars and reject equality for those who are different by exclaiming, "I'm not THAT kind of Baptist." The BPFNA is a community of Baptists with which I gladly identify.

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Enlarge the base of its membership, both congregational and individual.

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BPFNA is an amazing organization. They operate with the same ideals they hold dear for their work. They care about others' ideas and ideals. They lead in education for Baptists and others who want to join in on the peace journey. I have been to the Peace Camp (annual conference) several times and have learned much from people, courses, media, testimony.

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This organization draws together all the myriad of Baptist groups to work together to advance God's Community of Shalom. It offers training, inspiration and encouragement, valuable information and insights, and biblical perspectives on peacemaking. It has taken stands on difficult issues and provided helpful discussion on them. I recommend it highly.

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The BPFNA has been instrumental in helping our organization, the Baptist Peacemakers of RI,
in educating our community and churches regarding issues of Peace and Justice. They have
been a great resource in providing workshops that we have sponsored in the past. We have
recently completed a conflict transformation workshop that was well attended by members
of several churches and community organizations. They have been very helpful In keeping
us informed about current issues of peace and justice and inspiring us in productive activities.
Many of our members have received inspiration and skills by attending the annual peace camp
and other events.

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The BPFNA does great peace and justice work all around the world, working with similarly minded folks, both Baptists and non-Baptists. It's a great support organization also for those on the front line of peace and justice work.
Linda Mashburn

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