Interim Baptist women’s director appointed

Moreen SharpMoreen Sharp, a Canadian and president of the North American Baptist Women's Union (NABWU) and a vice president of the Baptist World Alliance Women's Department (BWAWD), has been appointed interim executive director of the BWAWD.

Sharp currently volunteers part-time as BWAWD acting executive director and will become full time interim executive director in November. Her appointment lasts until July 2020.

She succeeds American Patsy Davis, who retired December 31, 2015, after working as BWAWD executive director for 17 years.

Sharp has had longstanding involvement in women’s ministry. From 2008-2010, she was president of Women in Focus, the women’s group for Canadian Baptists of Western Canada. During that time she was also on the boards of Canadian Baptist Ministries, Canadian Baptist Women and NABWU, one of seven continental unions of BWAWD.


In 2012, Sharp was elected NABWU president for a five-year term that ends October 2017. She is a member of the BWA General Council and the Commission on Human Rights Advocacy, as well as the General Council of the North American Baptist Fellowship.

“Moreen has an excellent testimony of Christian character and is recognized by the Baptist family as ‘capable, organized, relational and visionary,’” said BWAWD President Ksenija Magda of Croatia. “She will be a great Women’s Department advocate and a gracious colleague to the BWA General Secretary and staff.”

She and her husband, Paul, have been ministry partners for more than 30 years in several countries. Moreen has led teaching, music and drama ministries in Japan, India and Canada. The couple has engaged in transitional ministry, serving various congregations in Canada on a short term basis.

She holds a theological degree from Regent College, an international graduate school of Christian Studies in the city of Vancouver in Canada.

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© January 19, 2017

Nominations for human rights award extended

The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) has extended the deadline for nominations for the 2017 Denton and Janice Lotz Human Rights Award. Nominations will close on January 20, 2017.

Any Baptist individual, church or organization can submit a nomination, and any Baptist is eligible to receive the award.

The award is intended to recognize and give visibility to men and women who have done outstanding work in defending and promoting human rights as defined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Persons may not make nominations on their own behalf.

The awardee will be announced at the March 2017 BWA Executive Committee meeting and the award presented during the Annual Gathering in July 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The nominations form may be downloaded here on the BWA website.

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© December 16, 2016

Worldwide Baptist family challenged to give

The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) has issued a challenge to the global Baptist community to match a gift of US$50,000 from an anonymous donor.

The challenge ends December 31.

Baptists from around the world are urged to make their own individual, personal contributions.

Your gift will go twice as far because your general gift of any size will be DOUBLED in impact!

If you write a check for $50, it will be doubled to $100. If your check is for $5,000, it will be doubled to $10,000, and so on. Every gift is needed and appreciated.

Proceeds will go to the BWA General Fund.

“We deeply appreciate the gift from our generous donor and trust this will inspire Baptists from around the world to respond together,” said Kathe Traynham, BWA associate director of Promotion and Development.

“Those who contribute to the BWA will be making an important contribution to Baptist work and ministry globally and touch the lives of many in very significant ways. As always, we thank you for your support.”

Contributions may be made online at Online donors may write “Challenge Gift” in the comment box inside the donation system.

For check donations, persons should write “Challenge Gift” on the memo line. Send check to:

Baptist World Alliance
405 North Washington Street
Falls Church, VA 22046, USA

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© December 6, 2016

BWA podcast focuses on the lonely

The third in a series of podcasts by the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) encourages churches to be aware of and sensitive to the needs of those for whom Christmas can be particularly lonely and difficult.

It is recognized that Christmas can be the “loneliest time of the year” in addition to being the “happiest time of the year.”

Loneliness can stem from loss, those who mourn the passing of a loved one, or it can be those who struggle alone without making meaningful connections.

The podcast, hosted by Trisha Miller Manarin, coordinator of the BWA Division on Mission, Evangelism and Justice, comprises an interview with Julie Pennington-Russell and Jerry Young, two pastors in the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Area in the United States.

Pennington-Russell and Young share how the worship experience can be a source of comfort to the lonely.

The podcast can be listened to here.

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© December 13, 2016

Baptists observe Human Rights Day in December

The Baptist World Alliance and its constituents will observe Human Rights Day on December 10 for Baptists who worship on Saturday, or December 11 for those worshiping on Sunday.

Human Rights Day is a commemoration of the day on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of human rights on December 10, 1948.

During this years’ celebration, Baptists are encouraged to “Stand up for someone’s rights today,” this year’s Human Rights Day theme, by being living witnesses of Proverbs 31:8-9: Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.

The intention is to have the greatest amount of Baptists worldwide observing Human Rights Day as part of the Advent celebration. Baptist churches and institutions are encouraged to incorporate one or more of the worship resources located on our website at There you will also find the latest podcast from the Division on Mission, Evangelism and Justice, which discusses Human Rights Day, as well as BWA’s presence and ministry at the United Nations.

Congregations are encouraged to share their Human Rights Day experiences on the BWA Facebook group page, on Twitter using the handle @TheBWA, or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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©December 5, 2016