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Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, Inc.

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Causes: Civil Rights, Intergroup & Race Relations, International, International Peace & Security, Protestant, Race, Religion

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.

Community Stories

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This group never quits in its work for peace and saving the environment. Amazing work it does!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a pastor, who has served many churches in my lifetime, I am fortunate that most all of hose churches have been members of BPFNA, In addition to such programs as "Peace" Camp, the way of peace with justice, and non-violent responses to world and local crises has been an experience each individual could practice and learn to make a difference in the world. Now as a church planter in the greater Orlando area, I sought first to become a partner congregation with BPFNA, because I believe so strongly in their/our mission in our world. The Rev. Gary W. Harris

Carol169

Volunteer

Rating: 5

By attending Peace Camp many summers I have learned so much more about several more Peace & Justice issues that has impacted my thinking & actions. I have made so many friends that I see year after year so that they have become part of my church family & I keep in contact with a number of them throughout the year. The quarterly magazine keeps & list serve keeps me up to date with actions & friends at least for my prayer list even if the actions are one I am to far to do myself. Having been a member & supported BPFNA for over 20 years because I have seen how my money used well & is being helpful.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America is a diverse group of individuals and a broad consortium of churches that share a single objective: to encourage, create and sustain peace making efforts. BPFNA is both visionary and practical in the promotion of peace making. I heard Ambassador Andrew Young speak last evening and he said that when he arrives at the pearly gates, God will not ask him about his ambassadorship or his number of honorary doctorates. He said that God will ask, "Did you shelter the stranger, clothe the naked, feed the hungry and lift up the poor?" BPFNA actively reminds us of these responsibilities AND provides leadership and opportunities and support for us to ensure that others have life's essentials.

Sarah206

Donor

Rating: 5

BPFNA is an outstanding organization that I have supported for over 20 years. There are few organizations that are able to accomplish all that they do for peace in the United States and elsewhere in the world. They are full of highly educated, highly compassionate people who are on the front lines of peacemaking work. It is a Christian organization, but I know many people that support it who come from a variety of faith and non-faith backgrounds.

Charlotte32

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of the BPFNA from its beginning. I don't have a lot of money to contribute, but I have found its publications inspirational, and I believe it is an important voice for those of us who try to be "red letter" Christians: people who take Jesus at his word that we should do good wherever possible and work for peace among all God's children, for they are our sisters and brothers, whoever and wherever they are.
Charlotte Ward
Auburn Alabama
member and life deacon, Auburn First Baptist Church

Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in a Conflict Transformation Workshop, developed and led by Baptist Peace Fellowship staff. It was incredibly valuable to me in my work in multicultural communities. The exercises and learnings are applicable in a wide variety of settings. What could be more important today than learning how to resolve ordinary, everyday conflicts in healthy ways that build and sustain community?

Donor

Rating: 5

As a member of Fairview Baptist Church's Peace and Justice team, I heartily endorse the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America's long-term commitment to peace and justice, especially its conflict resolution work in a global context.
July 2014 the BPFNA Peace Conference held in St Catharines ON was transformative, engaging in sometimes difficult task of coming to terms with monumental injustice experienced by First Nations people and also environmental issues.

Donor

Rating: 5

My friendships with Baptist Peace Fellowship members have inspired and sustained me for over 25 years.

Now I know, personally, other Baptists across the USA and in Canada and in Central America and around the world who are dedicated to peacemaking.

I've traveled to Russia, Romania, Sweden, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, and Israel with BPFNA. My husband has gone to Nicaragua as well as to those countries. We've met BPFNA members in Cuba. We've met comfortable and poor people, native Americans and African-Americans, people who have been jailed for civil disobedience, people whose first language is Spanish, Burmese, more. These contacts give me hope.

Mattie3

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I worked as an intern for the BPFNA, and was thoroughly impressed with the time I spent with them. The organization works to reach people in all corners of the earth, and spreads peace wherever their reach extends. They are an organization truly dedicated to peace, and I've rarely had the experience to work with such honest, passionate, people who throw themselves whole-heartedly into peacemaking!

Mattie Kearse

Donor

Rating: 5

BPFNA has served as an education source for peace and justice matters for years. I have attended 12 consecutive Summer Conferences (Peace Camp), each one empowers me and sustains me in my daily work for peace and justice. Good people gather to tell our stories of our journey. Thank you BPFNA.