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Black History Month 



A selection of resources, events and articles to help Baptists reflect on and mark Black History Month

 


Resources



Wonderful Youth 2019Wonderful Youth - a new resource for Black History Month 2019

Even though there are a vast number of resources on the Christian market to enable young people to reflect on their Christian faith, few (if any) intentionally enable Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic people to see their image reflected in the resources. This new resource aims to address that imbalance. Drawing on culturally diverse images, exercises and activities, Wonderful Youth is unapologetically multicultural. 

The material seeks to affirm, both theologically and culturally, all young people between the ages of 13-16. The 2019 resources are based on the theme 'No Outsiders'.

 

LestWeForget

Lest we Forget

Ten years on from The Apology, here are five study reflections for small groups using differing cultural perspectives. These aim to equip Baptists to reflect on the 2007 Baptist Union Apology and explore ways to address the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade.

The study guide is available to download free of charge from our Resources Library.

 

 

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Journeying to Justice

The first comprehensive appraisal of the journey towards equity and reconciliation among British and Jamaican Baptists. Journeying to Justice – Contribution to the Baptist Tradition across the Black Atlantic features contributions from a variety of scholars and practitioners who together explore Black Baptist relations between England and the Caribbean.

Orders can be placed here via the Authentic Media website. RRP is £24.99. Please view the PDF for further information
 





TogetherSpr18Baptists Together Magazine

Many cultures, one church: the Spring 2018 edition of Baptists Together magazine took the tenth anniversary of the Apology as the context in which to explore our multicultural Union. It featured stories, features, reflections, resources and prayers. 








Moving Stories 500Moving Stories

Nine studies for small groups from people whose own stories have been shaped or impacted by a significant people movement.

A Baptist resource aimed at helping individuals and groups to reflect theologically about the refugee and migration crisis.





Text and StoryText and Story - Prophets for their time and ours 

A series of study notes to encourage adults and young people to reflect on the stories of five Baptist pioneers, on the scriptural texts that shaped them and their own stories today in order to find their place in society and develop their potential for leadership. Authored by Baptist minister Gale Richards 

This resource is available from Regent’s Park College for £5.






Leading a Multicultural ChurchLeading a Multicultural Church 

Baptist minister the Revd Dr Malcolm Patten combined his congregational sociological research and his years of experience as a pastor in multicultural churches in this book from 2016. 

Over the last 60 years the ethnic diversity of the western world has changed dramatically as a result of successive waves of immigration. The impact of this on the church is evident in the growing number of congregations that are now multicultural to a greater or lesser extent. This presents challenges as well as opportunities to those leading these congregations. This book aimed to explore this within the context of both Scripture and society. It also considered competencies and skills that may help leaders of churches and other Christian organisations unlock the potential that this diversity offers.


Multiethnic ChurchMulti-ethnic Church

A six week course for small groups to help develop healthy, integrated churches which reflect the richness and diversity of the Kingdom of God. Written by Baptist minister Malcolm Patten.







Pentecost People
PentecostPeopleA Baptist resource which aims to help churches to embrace the different cultures within them, and to experience multicultural worship and prayer.

It is made up of four video-based study sessions filmed in British Baptist churches, and additional resources to help small groups and churches to explore these areas.

 

Forthcoming resources

Book: Multi ethnic preaching  
In partnership with Spurgeon’s College and the Centre for Baptist Studies, the Racial Justice Hub plan on producing a book to help and support Baptist preachers, preach in a multicultural world. Some of the chapters that will feature in the book are:  the need for multi ethnic preaching? Multi ethnic hermeneutics, and communication, contextual theology of preaching and other relevant themes aimed to equip preachers be the best they can be in a rapidly changing world.  

 

Just Aware:  

It has become increasingly clear that much can be gained by bringing together previously separate Baptist initiatives concerned with race, gender, and disability around a single focus on justice. One outcome of this convergence is the development of a new resource, Just Aware which can be used across our communities to help groups of Baptists explore and enlarge their understanding of and commitment to justice as a fundamental core value. This is not a one size fits all package that can be rolled out in different contexts without further preparation. The Guide will provide:  

  • An introduction to some of the theological background to this initiative: 
  • A summary of educational and practical criteria to be kept in mind by the facilitators as they prepare to facilitate a session for a group  

Just Aware is designed to help small groups within our Baptist Together community to deepen their commitment to issues of justice in their local context – facilitators can be available to lead sessions with groups of Deacons, Regional Teams or any other group that thinks that Just Aware might be able to enrich their work of mission as Christian disciples.  


Hospitality resource with refugees  
Many Baptist churches provide a safe and hospitable space for asylum seekers and refugees. There are many churches that also struggle at doing hospitality with refugees. This set of Bible study notes, exploring themes on leadership, lamenting with the stranger and doing theology through a liberation lens with the stranger with film footage from a church that has sought to be hospitable, can help small groups reflect on how best they can develop a hospitable church with the stranger.  



Events


F&S Resourcing Justice VereneSam Sharpe Lecture
The 8th annual Sam Sharpe Lecture will be delivered by Professor Verene Shepherd (Professor of Social History at the University of the West Indies in Mona and Director of the University’s Institute for Gender and Development Studies) on the theme of Reparations. 

It takes place in London on 22 October and Birmingham on 24 October. 
 




Articles


MLKMartin Luther King

2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, civil rights activist and Baptist minister. Several Baptists reflected on his legacy.

 

Windrush223Windrush

2018 marked the 70th anniversary of the Empire Windrush arriving in England.
   


Other


IMG-20170510-WA0001BME Women Ministers’ Network

A network for black and minority ethnic (BME) women who are lay or accredited ministers or in the process of training to become lay or accredited ministers. The Network was launched by the Baptist Union of Great Britain in 2014 in recognition of the small number of BME women ministers emerging.
Click here for more. 


IPlogoInspiring Leadership Programme

An annual two-month gap programme which seeks to encourage mainly Baptist young people of colour, between the ages of 18-23, to develop their leadership potential in Jamaica with the support of our Union’s long-standing partner, the Jamaica Baptist Union (JBU).  
Click here for more.


Centre for Missionaries from the Majority World 

Helping British indigenous Christians and churches and majority world pastors and missionaries work together for mission. The centre is led by Baptist minister Israel Olofinjana.   






 



 

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Charity worker and Baptist Dr Mark Calder is set to complete his epic ‘Running Home 2019’ adventure of running 14 ultramarathons throughout this year
Catherine Burt, Assistant Director of Girls’ Brigade Ministries, shares the role music plays in the charity’s community groups
Are you praying for the streets around you? An encouragement to pray for your neighbours this Sunday from the Neighbourhood Prayer Network and Faith in Later Life
Linking Hands with the Front is a new account of how a London Baptist church responded to the First World War
Interview with Claire Bedford, a pharmacist serving with BMS World Mission, who works at Guinebor II (G2) hospital in Chad
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