ABC/USA Biennal Mission Summit 2017 Reflections by Marcia McCarthy

Family Reunion: Attending an ABC/USA gathering is a bit like a family reunion for me.  Both literally and figuratively.  I was raised as an American Baptist, and the denomination has always felt like family to me. Though Ken was not able to go this year, I was able to spend time with my sister Mary…

Technical Issues

Well, a variety of factors has made this blogging venture quite challenging. The Portland Convention Center is very limited in Wifi Access and Cellular signal. Allow me to fill you in briefly, with only a sentence, what I might have given a fuller report on with more reliable connectivity: -A meal shared with a group…

Black Caucus Worship – Lynn McClellan

The ABC USA 2017 Biennial opened last night with a rousing, uplifting National Black Caucus worship service. There was joyous music involving all in attendance; several focused prayers; and the message was delivered by Dr. James Forbes, retired pastor of Riverside Church, New York City. Dr. Forbes dealt with our many social and political issues…

Black Caucus Worship – Ivan Marable

Dr. Forbes, during last evenings Black Caucus worship service called the Church in general and ABCUSA in particular out for being in a state of denial regarding the Church being in a challenging mess of trouble. The most interesting part of the message was the labels we assign ourselves and the cultural conduct we promote…

Here we are.

Well, everyone is present and accounted for here in Portland. While Tasha has been busy with board work already and Lyn came in a couple of days early to see Portland, the bulk of the Biennial really begins tomorrow. Tonight I did have the opportunity to gather with 81 other people in a program called…

Munner and Granddad’s House

I was pretty sure my life would come to an end that day. I was at Munner and Granddad’s house. You need to know something about that place for any of this to make any sense though. Munner and Granddad’s is a magnificent split-level home in a quiet and beautifully forested neighborhood in Dallas. It’s…