This month’s special offering is dedicated to The Alliance of Baptists. The Alliance of Baptists is a group of progressive Baptists and Christians committed to enacting God’s love and justice in the world. Founded in 1987, the Alliance of Baptists formed in order to provide a space for individuals who were tired of political infighting within the Southern Baptist Convention. As the organization’s story unfolded, the Alliance would come to provide a theological home for Baptists and Christians from across many denominational groups.
The founding covenant, which continues to guide the organization today, committed the organization to the freedom of the individual, the freedom of the local church, the larger body of Christ, servant leadership, social and economic justice, and the principle of a free church in a free state.
Throughout the Alliance’s history, the organization has been outspoken on a number of state, national, and global justice-issues. In 1990, the Alliance of Baptists offered the first apology from any Baptist organization in the South for the sins of slavery. Since this apology, the organization has proclaimed their support for issues including marriage equality, ecological justice, #Blacklivesmatter, gun-control reform, justice in Palestine, food justice, interfaith dialogue, and more.
As an organization, the Alliance strives to continually reimagine the possibilities of what Baptist life might look like in the 21st century. Rather than utilizing a top-down leadership model, in the early 2000s the Alliance staff moved to a model of shared leadership. Instead of sending missionaries to preach the Gospel abroad, the Alliance cultivated ministry partnerships to support native Christian communities in places like Cuba, Zimbabwe, Brazil, The Republic of Georgia, and Sri Lanka. Through their commitment to partnership, the Alliance also supports the work of numerous congregations and ministry groups across the United States.
In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Alliance of Baptists shared links for worship resources, including sermon topics, prayers, music, and even nut and bolts instructions on how to do an on-line service--all very helpful and timely topics in these uncertain times.