March 25th, 2014
AB Women's Ministries executive director Virginia Holmstrom recently returned from a trip to Haiti, in the company of AB Women's Ministries national officer Bonnie Sestito. American Baptist missionaries Kihomi Ngwemi and Nzunga Mabudiga served as their guides. Kihomi introduced Virginia and Bonnie to many women who are working to improve the lives of their families and of all the people of Haiti.
For more information about Kihomi and Nzunga's work in Haiti, click here.
For information about the Women and Girls Mission Fund, click here.
February 10th, 2014
Rev. Errol Cooper, associate pastor of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, New Jersey, talks with us about prison and aftercare ministries. The congregation at First Baptist is deeply engaged in this ministry with members and with the community. Our conversation includes why there may be more people connected with the judicial system in your congregation than you're aware; why this ministry is so critical, and some ideas for how you can engage in it yourself.
Visit the website of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, Rev. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr., pastor.
Click here to find out more about Healing Communities
Visit American Baptist Home Mission Societies' page on prisoner re-entry and aftercare ministries.
January 13th, 2014
Welcome to 2014! In this episode, we hear from pastor and life coach Rev. Nancy Leport about the importance of self-care. Self-care can be a very difficult thing for anyone, but perhaps especially women, to address in their lives. We feel pulled in so many directions, and for many self-care can seem self-ish. However, self-care allows us to be renewed and replenished to be even more present and effective in our workplaces, our homes, and our ministries. Get inspiration and ideas for ways to integrate more self-care into your life this year.
Resources on self-care:
The Power of a Positive No, by William Ury
The Art of Extreme Self-Care, by Cheryl Richardson
The Power of Full Engagement, by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
Resources from Nancy Leport:
Sabbath Moments blog
Monthly de-stress newsletter: to subscribe, email Nancy.
December 16th, 2013
Peggy Burke has been deeply engaged in advocacy around issues of human trafficking in the state of Ohio. In this episode, we discuss how to discern if you are called to be an advocate on a particular issue, and some things you will want to keep in mind as you engage in advocacy.
As mentioned in this episode, AB Women's Ministries has historically been engaged in advocacy and hopes to provide tools to better enable women to address issues that have impact upon women and girls in the U.S. and around the world. Click here to find the page on our website that lists several bills currently in various stages of Congress--you can see at a glance where they are in process, and follow links to send your opinion to your congressional representatives.
November 19th, 2013
Depression is a very real problem in the lives of many women, and it can become particularly difficult during the holiday season. In this episode, we have conversation with Rev. Dr. Judith Craik, American Baptist pastor and pastoral counselor. Our conversation looks at depression from the perspective of faith: It includes definitions, symptoms, and healthy ways to address depression in our lives.
October 21st, 2013
In this episode, Peggy Burke gives us an update on her experience of Haiti now, over three years after the devastating earthquake of January, 2010. She shares with us what has improved and the work that remains to be done.
To hear Peggy's story of the earthquake itself, click here. (The file is uploaded to our website so you may listen to it directly on your computer.)
September 16th, 2013
In this episode, we hear from Maureen Locke, a registered nurse with an obstetrics and gynecology practice, on the issue of domestic violence. Maureen, with 30 years of experience in OB/GYN, also serves as a trainer of other medical practitioners on the issue of domestic violence. In this episode, we discuss how Maureen identifies victims or possible victims and what she is able, and is not able, to do. We also discuss the effect of domestic violence on children, teen dating relationships, and suggestions for what we all could do if we become aware of possible situations of domestic violence among family or friends.
August 26th, 2013
It's time to check in with author Nita Belles again! Publication of her book In Our Backyard: A Christian Perspective on Human Trafficking in the United States, has taken Nita on a journey all over the United States, meeting people and hearing stories about abolition work and victim care. In this episode, we find out what Nita has going on today, as well as some key steps to take when we're inspired to become more deeply engaged ourselves.
In Our Backyard: A Christian Perspective on Human Trafficking in the United States may be found on Amazon, or look for it in your local bookstore.
Like In Our Backyard on Facebook to stay up-to-date with news and stories about trafficking, survivors, and abolitionists.
Missed our first conversation? Find it here.
March 25th, 2013
I'm glad to be able to share with you the work of one of our 2012-2013 interns, Jasmine Turner (no relation to our other intern Christina Turner who posted previously). Jasmine interviewed Becca Bishopric, Coordinator for Health Promotion and Violence Prevention and Response at Elon University, Elon, North Carolina. In their conversation, they talk about sexual violence on college campuses, care for victims, and prevention education.
To read Jasmine's companion blog post to this episode, click here.
January 14th, 2013
Welcome to one of our interns for the In Their Shoes podcast and blog, Christina Turner! Christina interviews Sister Sharron McMullin, a member of People's Institutional Baptist Church in Seattle, Washington. Sister McMullin, herself a survivor of domestic violence, is an outspoken advocate on behalf of victims and survivors. Christina and Sister Sharron talk about how congregations should deal with this issue--most especially including the fact that domestic violence is very likely to be present among families in the church itself. They also address teenagers and domestic violence, and how women need to be aware of the red flags.
For more from Christina Turner, visit our blog.