Baptist Peacemakers? Does that sound like an oxymoron? Of course, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jimmy Carter, and Muriel Lester should all come quickly to mind, but if you called a conference of Baptist peacemakers could you get a dozen? Would you believe sometimes as many as 200 in one place? Does this sound unbelievable? Would you be curious enough to go see it?
Well, here’s your chance. The 20th annual “peace camp” summer conference of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America will be held 1-6 August on the campus of Linfield College and with First Baptist Church in McMinnville, OR. Famed Jesus scholar Marcus Borg of Oregon State University will be a keynote speaker, as will Craig and Cindy Corrie whose daughter, Rachel Corrie, was killed by the Israeli Defense Force when she worked nonviolently to protect Palestinian homes. The Bible Study leader for the week will be Cam Watts, pastor of Aylmer Baptist Church in Ontario and leader of Canada’s “Gathering of Baptists.” Preacher for the week will be Rev. Carol Sutton, National Coordinator of New Life 2010 for the American Baptist Churches, USA. Music leader will be Michael Stern, folksinger/songwriter and Artist-in-Residence of the Rauschenbusch Center of University Baptist Church, Seattle. Also speaking will be Paul DeKar, Prof. of Missions and Evangelism at Memphis Theological Seminary. DeKar, trained as a historian has written much on the history of Christian nonviolence including, For the Healing of the Nations: Baptist Peacemakers (Smyth & Helwys, 1993). There will be workshops, a caucus of those churches that are partner congregations for the BPFNA (or interested in becoming partner congregations), films, chances to relax and fellowship together, worship opportunities, and chances to be involved in the weekly peace vigil of First Baptist Church, McMinnville. Plus, the setting is beautiful and Oregon is a perfect vacation spot.
Space is quickly filling up! To register click this link: http://www.bpfna.org/summerconference/index.html .
Watch this space for other opportunities for peace and justice work. 17th C. Levellers were inspired by their Christian faith to create and just and peaceful world. We 21st C Levellers must seek the same. `
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