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summer ConFerenCe
experienced a determined spiritual and political breakthrough,
precisely singing NEvER! to this demonic uprising.

"When 20 of us gathered 34 years ago
and founded this Movement, we were
invaded by the Spirit and a passel of
outlandish dreams. But not in the wildest
of these dreams could we have imagined
what was accomplished in Mexico."
We simply cannot let this moment go by without seizing it.
We must become something redemptively new.
-George Williamson was one of the founders of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America (now BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz) and served
as board president for the first 10 years. For many years he was pastor of
the First Baptist Church in Granville, Oh (now the United Church of
Granville). he currently lives in New York City, NY.

Andy Smith Photography

Andy Smith Photography

tars, wind instruments, keyboard and fiddles (two kids were
fiddlers: a Mexican and a third-generation US peace camper,
son and grandson of long-time regulars). At first I didn't sing,
just watched the Spanish and English words go by on the screen,
and, listening to my simultaneous translation headphones, let
the mexicans sing.
But by midweek I found myself singing along-roaring out
the (to me) unintelligible Spanish words, hands in the air. Seeing
these new friends around me singing them, heads flung back in
spiritual exuberance, caught me up. My bald head even flung
back-though when it did I lost track of the words; had to bring
it back down to focus on them.
What "The Wall," the current world crisis emanating from
Washington, dc, has set to destroy in its signature scheme, is
precisely what we were.
our third-of-a-century-old fellowship has been thrust
into a new time. donald trump's election in the uS changed
everything. If we didn't know that already, looking north from
the joyous side of "The Wall," it was inescapable.
What happened in mexico couldn't have happened. Not a
week-long, multicultural, multilingual, multigenerational conference without snafu. that's just remarkable. Not even just one
with joyous unity. that's just wonderful. Before now, we were a
mostly US-and-Canada organization, with significant presence
in Puerto Rico and with a few mexican members. But in the
same year that the trump regime singled out a radical demarcation from mexico as Step one toward a colossal, hostile, racist
hyper-nationalism, we Baptist christians of the Americas have

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