Creating Space for Local and Global Issues

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We provide opportunities for information sharing, focused action, and networking on important topics through  committees, task forces, commissions, and ministry teams, always with a commitment to apply a denomination-wide lens.

Learn more about how we create space for local and global issues through the posts below.

2021 Annual Summary Now Available

We invite you to view our newly published 2021 Annual Summary. This publication provides a glimpse into the work of the American Baptist Churches USA Office of the General Secretary during the previous year. We are excited to share a look at the ministries and role of the Office of the General Secretary. Learn more […]

World Council of Churches Workshop – Myanmar Resources

This information page includes resources related to the workshop presentation on September 1, 2022 given during the World Council of Churches event in Karlsruhe, Germany. Workshop Synopsis Workshop Schedule for Participants Workshop Presenter Information View the PowerPoint Presentation Links to Information on Myanmar  

Task Force Application Deadline is February 7; Interpreting the Impact of COVID-19 on Congregations

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 2/3/22)—Applications are invited for a new task force entitled, “Interpreting the Impact of COVID-19 on Congregations.” Originally announced on January 10, the Task Force is being formed by the ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary and Board of General Ministries in response to the interest of ABC congregations to continue to […]

American Baptist Churches Encouraged to Observe February 6 as Pray and Act for Burma Sunday

VALLEY FORGE, PA (2/2/22)—American Baptist Churches USA and the Burma Refugee Commission call on congregations to observe Sunday, February 6 as “Pray and Act for Burma” Sunday. Pastors and church leaders are invited to visit the Burma Refugee Commission page on the ABCUSA website for resources, here: Newly added to the webpage for “Pray […]

Special Prayer Service in Observance of One-Year Anniversary of Military Coup in Burma

VALLEY FORGE, PA (1/28/22)—American Baptist Churches USA and the American Baptist Churches Burma Refugee Commission are issuing a Call to Prayer for Burma (Myanmar) for a special prayer service at 9:00 a.m. EST on Tuesday, February 1. This prayer service is being held to observe the anniversary of the military coup in Burma. American Baptists […]

New Task Force Announced: Interpreting the Impact of COVID-19 on Congregations

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/10/22)—In response to the interest of ABC congregations to continue to explore the impact of the global pandemic on congregational life, the ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary and Board of General Ministries is establishing a new task force entitled, “Interpreting the Impact of COVID-19 on Congregations.” Former Executive Minister of […]

ABCUSA Anti-Racism Task Force Concludes Work, Online Resources Available

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 12/22/21)—The ABCUSA Anti-Racism Task Force, formed in fall of 2020, concluded its year-long goals of planning a symposium that explores and equips for the work of anti-racism, and identifying and surfacing anti-racism resources for individuals, congregations, and institutions. The Anti-Racism Task Force held an Anti-Racism Symposium on October 30, 2021. The […]

Join Us for Stewardship of Space: Thinking Beyond the Sanctuary

Join us for a webinar on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 1:00 PM EST: Stewardship of Space: Thinking Beyond the Sanctuary In a time when the world around churches is changing quickly, how can congregations continue to engage in creative practices of hospitality and generosity when it comes to the use of their buildings and […]

Hopevale Commemoration Sunday is December 19, 2021

Hopevale Commemoration Sunday is December 19, 2021 American Baptist Churches USA joined with the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches (CPBC) in 2019 to approve a resolution to designate the Sunday nearest to December 20 as Hopevale Commemoration Sunday. This day serves as a time to remember the Hopevale martyrdom in the Philippines in which missionaries […]

ABCUSA Anti-Racism Task Force Holds Virtual Symposium

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 11/4/21)—The ABCUSA Anti-Racism Task Force held “The Prophetic Rhythm of Anti-Racism,” a virtual symposium, on Saturday, October 30, 2021. Over 100 participants joined the symposium as participants heard from a keynote speaker, participated in discussion groups, and engaged with a panel of American Baptist leaders who presented from their papers on […]

The Anti-Racism Task Force: We Press On

A Spiritual Love Letter Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 3:13-14 NIV In his letter […]

An Invitation for Prayer

ABCUSA Interim General Secretary C. Jeff Woods invites American Baptists to be in prayer for those around the world. “Praying for people in harm’s way both at home and abroad: people affected by hurricanes, floods, fires, drought, wars, and international conflicts. May God’s overwhelming power influence the overwhelming needs of God’s children.”    

American Baptists Advocate on Behalf of People of Myanmar (Burma)

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 8/20/21)—A delegation of sixteen people representing various grassroots organizations including U.S. Burma diaspora communities and church leaders met virtually with United Nations Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews on August 18 in regard to human rights, the Covid-19 pandemic and other things happening in Myanmar (Burma). Since the military junta took control on […]

ABCUSA Anti-Racism Task Force August 2021 Article

Ain’t We All God’s Children? Contemplative Momentum Over the next couple of months, the ABCUSA Anti-Racism Task Force will create space that encourages contemplative momentum. Contemplative momentum is commitment to balancing both inward and outward engagement. This movement of exploration informs the way in which we show up in the world.  When Jesus sends us, […]

Prayer for Haiti, Gifts Invited for One Great Hour of Sharing

“Our prayers go out to the people of Haiti who have recently experienced the death of President Jovenel Moïse, a tropical storm, and now a 7.2 earthquake that occurred on Saturday, August 14, 2021. May God bring comfort, healing, and hope to this shattered and grieving country,” said Dr. C. Jeff Woods, Interim General Secretary […]