CABC Statement on Discrimination

Reposted from CABC’s website:  http://baptist-atlantic.ca/news/cabc-statement-on-discrimination/

Dear Friends,

[Please read the following excerpt from a press release written by Emmanuel Baptist Church, Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia]:


In September 2015, a board of inquiry with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission (NSHRC) found that Sobeys’ staff falsely accused Ms. David of Upper Hammond’s Plains of shoplifting. This false accusation was found to be the result of racial profiling by Sobeys.

Sobeys has appealed the Commission’s decision because they have issues with perceived bias and the approach taken by the Commission’s adjudicator. In other words, Sobeys’ fight appears now to be with the ‘process’ the Commission used and not with Ms. David. Yet Sobeys is knowingly dragging an innocent woman, against whom they racially discriminated, back through the process to serve their own purpose.

To read the full statement and press release see the following link: http://baptist-atlantic.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/L_Anderson_EBC-Media-Release.pdf. To read the report of the NS Human Rights Commission, click here: http://humanrights.novascotia.ca/node/141.

Rev. Dr. Lennett Anderson of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Hammonds Plains and the Board of Directors of the Church have condemned the injurious actions of Sobeys and are planning public demonstrations. Dr. Anderson and the Church have called upon the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches and all other churches of like-minded persons to stand with them against this injustice.

The Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches recognizes the ongoing reality and challenges of racial discrimination in Atlantic Canada and we stand in solidarity with Ms. David and Emmanuel Baptist Church in their struggle against further injustice.

We applaud the decision of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, which clears Ms. David’s name in this case. We are grateful that Ms. David’s church and community is standing with her as she faces and recovers from this ordeal. We support all peaceful efforts to bring reconciliation when injustice has occurred.

We are deeply disturbed by the continued actions taken by Sobeys in this case. Insofar as Ms. David was wrongly accused of shoplifting, we urge Sobeys to acknowledge the consequences of their actions on Ms. David and spare her from further embarrassment and stress.

We call upon the congregations of the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches to stand together with Ms. David, Emmanuel Baptist Church and, our sisters and brothers in the African United Baptist Association against further racial discrimination. Together we stand for justice and for the fair treatment of all people in our society.

Rev. Dr. Peter Reid
Executive Minister

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Holy Week Devotional 2016: Footsteps of Jesus

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Guest post courtesy of First Baptist Church, Charlottetown, PEI

Welcome to Holy Week, that period that spans Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.

As we prepare for the celebration of Easter, this devotional booklet has been compiled to help us follow the footsteps of Jesus during His last week leading up to His death, burial and resurrection. Where did He go? Who did He see? What did He say? Why did He die?

Eight contributors from First Baptist Church have penned these articles. They represent different ages, genders and walks of life. My prayer is that the Holy Spirit will guide us each closer to the Saviour who loved and gave Himself for us as in our imaginations we follow His steps during that first Holy Week.

Easter blessings,
Pastor Dave DuBois

Click here to download the devotional booklet.

One Pastor’s Story of Unexpected Ministry

Guest post courtesy of Acadia Divinity College, our Convention’s school of theology

TOGETHER WE’RE EQUIPPING CHRISTIANS TO SERVE.

Recently, we have heard many stories of the plight of refugees.  Often we think there is not much we can do.

In August 2015, an Iraqi mother and her five daughters left a refugee camp in Turkey and boarded an airplane bound for Canada. From the airport in Halifax, Nova Scotia, they were driven to the quiet rural community of Paradise. The congregation of Paradise Baptist Church, led by Rev. Mark Reece (Acadia Master of Divinity 2004) warmly embraced the family and welcomed them into their new community and home.

In 2012, Mark felt the call to enroll in the Acadia Doctor of Ministry program.  As part of this program, Mark had the opportunity to take elective courses.  The course entitled, Reaching Muslims: Theology, Apologetics and Effective Engagement, taught by Dr. Andy Bannister, Director of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) Canada, caught his attention.

“It was an area of personal interest to me that I wanted to explore,” said Mark. “I didn’t think it would have much impact on my immediate ministry context. I was wrong.”

Mark credits that course and the quality education he received from Acadia Divinity College in preparing him to respond to the refugee crisis.  Since the family of six has arrived, Mark and the members of Paradise Baptist have been busy caring for their new neighbours as well as helping many other churches respond to the crisis.

Please prayerfully consider giving a gift to allow us to continue equipping Christian leaders like Mark Reece to serve. This fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, we require $415,000 to ensure the operational needs of the College are met.  As of February 15, 2016, we have received $272,150 in support.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support of Acadia Divinity College. We look forward to what we may accomplish together.

Click here to support the ministry of Acadia Divinity College.

Other Links for Paradise Baptist Church, Paradise, Nova Scotia:

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/paradiseubc/
Convention website:  http://baptist-atlantic.ca/news/welcome-to-paradise/

Give to the CABC – Refugee Sponsorship

Canadian Baptist Ministries website:  http://www.cbmin.org/welcome-to-paradise/
CBC News:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/bridgetown-prepares-to-welcome-iraqi-refugee-family-1.3180744

The Pearl: Be Sure You’re After the Right One

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The Pearl of the World

If you haven’t read The Pearl by John Steinbeck, you’re missing out.  It’s a short parable-style novella (about 130 pages in book form or 2.5 hours in audio form) about a Mexican pearl diver named Kino.

Kino and his wife, Juana, have a baby.  One day, the baby is stung by a scorpion.  Kino does not have the money to pay the doctor to save the baby’s life.  The next day, Kino goes diving for pearls and finds what the local villagers call “The Pearl of the World” — a pearl so large that it will set Kino and his family up for life.  The rest of the story describes the evils and tragedies that occur as Kino tries to sell the pearl to secure his family’s future. Read More

What are We Willing to Sacrifice for Jesus?

How much are we willing to sacrifice for Jesus?  He sacrificed so much for us!

Here are a few ideas/questions for consideration.  None of these things are bad in and of themselves.  Some of these things may not even apply to you.  But sometimes it can be good to stretch our thinking about how we’re living our lives and how that affects our ability to serve God. Read More

How You and Your Church Can Give Everyone What They Want

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It can be difficult to know how to serve everyone in a church setting.  Children have different needs than youth, who have different needs than young adults, who have different needs than older adults, who have different needs than seniors.  There is even a wide range within each age category – differing genders, marital statuses, employment statuses, educational backgrounds, hobbies, interests, musical preferences.  How can the church serve all of these people well? Read More

Exploring Jesus’ Feminine Side: Part 1

I was eating dinner in the cafeteria at ABU (now Crandall).  We had just received the schedule for that year’s senior seminar and thesis presentations.

Suddenly there was a lot of activity on the other side of the table.  I heard exclamations of “Heresy!”  There were mumblings about “those psychology majors.”  When I asked what the matter was, I was shown the title of the offending thesis:  “Exploring Jesus’ Feminine Side.”

I said, “Flip the page over to see the details.  Maybe it’s not as bad as you think.”

I then witnessed a look of utter dismay.  “It’s your thesis?!?” Read More

How You Can Help Syrian Refugees This Christmas

Canadian Baptists nationwide have committed to sponsoring 100 Syrian refugee families.  Our Convention hopes to provide sponsorship for at least half of those families.  They have made many resources available for any churches that would like to help.

Most of us can’t sponsor a refugee family on our own but we can help in other ways.  The Festival in Charming Churches is providing Islanders with an opportunity to contribute.

Read More

Welcome to Our New Website!

Welcome to our new website for the PEI Baptist Association!  We hope you will find the website helpful and informative.  Please contact us with any suggestions for new content or improvements.