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Westboro Baptist Church Founder Dies at 84
Fred Phelps, founder of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, passed away peacefully of natural causes Wednesday night.
A man who once fought for Civil Rights and who became known for his anti-gay rhetoric was ultimately excommunicated from his own church for calling on his church members to be kinder with one another. While Pastor Phelps is dead his teachings will live on in the hearts and minds of many Christians in the USA and around the world.
Read the Huffington Post article on his death here.
AWAB Seeks Partners for Inclusive Baptist Gathering in Durban 2015
Religious Liberty Bills in the USA Miss the Mark
With the increase in bills designed to protect personal religious liberty states grapple with the conflict between the declining importance of religion in general and the very vocal minority who see much of their power and former status as the keepers of the American Ideal being lost.
AWAB Partners With Other Sheep on Translation Project
Building on the AWAB XX Celebration and the "God Loves Uganda" screenings in 2013, AWAB is partnering with The Other Sheep to translate The Children Are Free by Jeff Miner into French and Swahili.
This foundational bible study resource has already been translated into Spanish and Burmese and with the addition of French and Swahili we will be able to bring this liberating message to many more people on the African continent as well as in other parts of the world.
If you are interested in helping make this project possible please contact Rev. Robin Lunn at email@example.com.
Where Will AWAB'S Next National Gathering Be?
In 2013 AWAB held it's first gathering in a triennial cycle that we are establishing as we enter our third decade. Our 20th anniversary celebration was held in Providence, RI as an historic time of both looking back and looking forward. We met at the First Baptist Church in America and drank deep from the well of our Baptist foundations of freedom for religious beliefs that are life giving and based in the Gospel imperative to love as we first have been loved.
In 2016 we will gather again but with a new imperative and a new global landscape of what being welcoming & affirming means. Because of that we are looking for a location for our next gathering that speaks to the global nature of our community while remembering the places where freedom has yet to rise here in the US.
To that end we are looking to the south as a center point of the need for freedom in the next decade. Do you have a thought about where the next gathering should beheld? If you do, send us a note and tell us where and why. Send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org
AWAB Makes Believe Out Loud's top ten list for 2013!
While the new Pope was making headlines and Exodus International was apologizing for the harm their ex-gay ministries have caused over the years, AWAB was celebrating 20 years of being the Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists and 40 years of working for the inclusion of LGBTQ people within Baptist communities in the USA. Read more here.
New LGBTQ and Faith Conversation Resource Available
Groundswell, an initiative of the Auburn Seminary Media department, has created a new resource to help people have fruitful dialogue on LGBTQ families and faith. The Friends and Family Plan offers people a customizable tool that will equip you to speak with friends, family members, co-workers and others from this specific context both relationally and geographically.
You can find this new resource at http://www.friendsandfamilyplan.org/
Not All Like That Christians Project
AWAB has teamed up with t