Thursday, January 14th
11:00 a.m. via Zoom
No registration required
As we continue to find our way during these demanding times, it's important to explore our feelings. Of one thing we can be sure, many of us are grieving. We are grieving the deaths of beloved family, church members, friends and strangers. We are grieving losses of safety, personal freedoms, economic stability, trust, and so much more. Yet, even when struggling, we show up, preaching a Word of hope and life. There are conversations we need to have.
To help you take care of yourselves, CBMM has scheduled monthly conversations for clergy and chaplains on Zoom to share your stories, lament, rejoice, grieve and talk about COVID-19, systemic racism and whatever else is on your minds and hearts.
Rev. Maggie Lewis and Rev. Will Ashley will facilitate monthly dialogues to give you an opportunity to take a breath and acquire additional tools for coping over the long haul.
Join us on January 14th, 2021 at 11 a.m. No need to register, whosoever will, please come.
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Virtual Renewal Gathering
ABCUSA Ministers Council
"For Such a Time as This"
Naming the Burden, Receiving the Blessing
Thursdays, October 29 & November 5
DEVOTIONAL TIME * Music * PRAYER * FELLOWSHIP
4pm Pacific/6pm Central/7pm Eastern
We all long to be faithful to the roles God would have us take on in the demanding Day in which we live. We hunger for clarity about our distinct duties, and often need encouragement - even bold blessing - to take on God's appointed task. As clergy, we find ourselves often with the opportunity to support others in claiming their work.
For all this, we need the Spirit's tending -- in stillness and good company -- to rightly discern our actions.
What do you need to tend in this time? Who do you need? Who does God need you to be "for such a time as this"?
Join your ABC ministry colleagues in these two sessions, time set aside for renewing reflection, music, and prayer. Each 1-hour session will be followed by optional small group fellowship. These sessions precede the November business meeting at the same time on November 19 and the optional "Q and A" business prep session on November 12th.
ALL 4 SESSIONS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL. Pre-registration required.
ALL ATTENDEES OF 2 OR MORE SESSIONS WILL RECEIVE "TO LIVE IN GOD: DAILY REFLECTIONS WITH WALTER RAUSCHENBUSCH" BY MAIL after 11/19
Please join us in congratulating the following who received and accepted a call to pastor:
Rev. Jamie Spriggs, FBC Fall River
Rev. Dr. Willie Bodrick, II, Twelfth Baptist Church
Rev. Kathleen O’Goley, Central Baptist, Westfield
Rev. Dr. John Wilson, Interim pastor, Granville Federated Church
The Only True Life
I have come that they may have life, and may have it in abundance. Jesus was not a child of this world. He did not revere those it called great; he did not accept its customs and social usages as final; his moral conceptions did not run along the grooves marked out by it. He nourished within his soul the ideal of a common life so radically different from the present that it involved a reversal of values, a revolutionary displacement of existing relations. This ideal was not merely a beautiful dream to solace his soul. He lived it out in his own daily life. He urged others to live that way. He held that it was the only true life, and that the ordinary way was misery and folly. He dared to believe that it would triumph. When he saw that the people were turning from him and that his nation had chosen the evil way and was drifting toward the rocks that would destroy it, unutterable sadness filled his soul, but he never abandoned his faith in the final triumph of that kingdom of God for which he had lived. For the present, the cross; but beyond the cross, the kingdom of God. If he was not to achieve it now, he would return and do it then.
Prayer: For all the oppressed afar off who sigh for liberty; for all lovers of the people who strive to break their shackles; for all who dare to believe in democracy and the kingdom of God, make thou our great commonwealth once more a sure beacon-light of hope and a guide on the path which leads to the perfect union of law and liberty.
Dennis L. Johnson, To Live in God: Daily Reflections with Walter Rauschenbusch. Judson Pr. Kindle Edition.
The Northern Baptist Education Society for generations has been supporting students as they become prepared for the ministry, and now we have the opportunity to help educated pastors serving local churches. We are trying out a new program to reduce the financial barriers facing recent graduates coming to serve in local churches in Northern New England by creating a Loan Repayment Assistance Program. We seek a creative solution that will work against prevailing trends to encourage educated pastors to come serve our local churches in our regions.
Here are some guidelines for this program. To qualify, applicants would:
If you have any questions about the Loan Repayment Assistance Program or would like an application for the program, please reach out to Roger Spinney (firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline to receive applications for this year's grants is October 15th, 2020. Decisions will be made on grants no later than November 20th, 2020.
While the board has already allocated funds in starting this program, they are working towards trying to fund this program with donations in order to continue with this program. For those who have already paid off their education debt and would like to help other pastors, Northern Baptist Education Society is raising funds here:
“American Baptists is very progressive. It’s been out there as a headlight not a taillight, pointing the way—leading the way,” dearly departed John Lewis proclaims how AB inspired him in this video. May we continue to inspire more John Lewis’ and point the way to justice, mercy and humility through Jesus Christ.
Diane Badger, our own history buff, quotes from the booklet, The Story of the Conference of Baptist Ministers (1956), which exemplifies our unbroken line of continuity in serving clergy in Massachusetts:
“In May 1829, a meeting was held in Boston by a large number of Baptist ministers at which the expediency of forming an association of ministers for the promotion of their mutual happiness and usefulness was discussed. It was resolved to form such an association to be called, “The Conference of Baptist Ministers in Massachusetts.” And a committee was appointed to prepare a constitution. It was resolved that there be a pastoral sermon on the evening preceding the next annual election and that Doctor [Daniel] Sharp be appointed the first preacher and Doctor [James Davis] Knowles the second for the occasion.”