An Interview with Kevin Butler, Administrative Manager of ABCCONN

An Interview with Interim Executive Minister, Ken Williams

Biennial Will Focus on 7 Denominational Priorities

The Biennial Mission Summit, June 30-July 2, in Portland, Oregon, will include opportunities for conversation around the seven denominational priorities.  These conversations are opportunities for attendees to engage in meaningful dialogue about a topic of interest.  Individuals registering for the Biennial Mission Summit will be asked to also register for one of the Mission Summit Conversation topics. In order to better prepare for the conversations, delegates and participants are encouraged to review the case statement (here) for their topic in advance of the event. 

The seven denominational priorities, the result of a process of narrowing down topics from 21 different issues which had surfaced from local churches, regional events, national agencies and seminaries, as well as feedback from previous Mission Summit Conversations are:

Anti-Violence Discipleship Ending Poverty Gospel in a Rapidly Changing Society Innovative Models of Pastoral Ministry Next Generation of Leaders Women in Ministry

A new feature at the Mission Summit will be “Baptist Talk.” Baptist Talk is a new outgrowth of the Mission Summit Conversations. “While the purpose of the Mission Summit Conversations is to engage in topics that could become ministry priorities for the denomination, the purpose of Baptist Talk is to increase our understanding and respect for one another as American Baptists,” said C. Jeff Woods, associate general secretary for Regional Ministries and facilitator of the Mission Summit Conversations.

ABCUSA General Secretary Addresses Recent Attacks

Dear American Baptists,

Now is not the time to turn our backs on our Muslim neighbors. Certainly the terroristic act in San Bernardino, in the wake of the attacks elsewhere, has raised uncertainty and fear. But to generalize those acts to every Muslim is dead wrong. Sometimes it is easier to gain perspective by considering another set of circumstances. We know that right before San Bernardino there was a shooting incident at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs which resulted in the deaths of three and the wounding of another nine. The man arrested for this attack was motivated by his strong beliefs against abortion. Yet, who among us would generalize his acts to every person who holds views against abortion and suggest that every such person be put on a watch list, be forbidden to enter this country or relinquish any of their rights afforded by our constitution? Yet there are those who in effect wish to do this very thing to anyone of the Muslim faith.

Judy Allbee Undergoes Emergency Surgery

The Rev'd Dr. Judy Allbee had emergency surgery on Monday. She has come through the surgery and is now in the very delicate and cyclical stages of recovery in the surgical Intensive Care Unit at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. Her husband Steve was at her side when she regained consciousness, and she immediately recognized him and acknowledged his presence. Rev. Mike Wu has been providing personal and pastoral support to Steve and the family on behalf of the ABCCONN family.

Monthly Mailing Schedule - 2017

The ABCCONN Region Mailing is sent out 6 times a year with resources for churches, regional and national news,  and information about events. To receive the mailing, contact Kevin Butler at the ABCCONN office, 860-521-5421 or kbutler@abcconn.org.

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