News from American Baptist Churches USA that might be of interest to ABC Ohio.

Graduate Theological Union Seeking President

The Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley is launching a search for its next president. The GTU is a unique consortium of some 20-member schools, centers, and institutes, with a world-class library. Founded in 1962, the GTU is the most comprehensive center for the graduate study of religion in North America, working in a deep collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley.  

An institution of higher learning unlike any other, the GTU brings together scholars of the world’s great religions and wisdom traditions to grow in knowledge, thrive in spirit, and unite in solutions. GTU prepares masters and doctoral-level students for academia, for service, for leadership. GTU advocates for a more just and compassionate world and for the care of the planet. GTU serves as a resource for our community, the nation, and the world. GTU seeks partners of spirit and intellect—open, innovative, inspired —to share our mission.

The Presidential Search team is seeking the next GTU president… ❖ one who promotes innovative change and inspires new paradigms ❖ one with an entrepreneurial spirit and attested financial management skill ❖ one who has a profound appreciation for the academic enterprise ❖ one who has an awareness of the religious and interreligious landscape, with a particular appreciation for the global diversity that entails  ❖ one with a demonstrated capacity to expand the reach of fund development ❖ one who promotes expanding both the enrollment of and career opportunities for our students ❖ a collaborative leader and an excellent listener ❖ a strategic, visionary, and optimistic individual ❖ one with a terminal degree 
GTU greatly values those who are candid about their strengths and vulnerabilities, who have an articulated spiritual practice, and who possess a curious, creative, and service-oriented perspective. The GTU is at a pivot point: GTU is seeking a wise and impassioned individual to decisively lead us into a deeper engagement with the work we are called to in a strengthened GTU. For more information, please visit Thank you for your interest!

Responding to Violence in Our Society ~ American Baptist Express Love and Not Fear

A Pastoral Letter from Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer, General Secretary, ABCUSA
November 6, 2017

Dear American Baptist Family,

On Tuesday, October 31, my son and I were traveling home from the Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board meetings in Manhattan. Driving south on the West Side Highway, and then turning west to enter New Jersey through the Lincoln Tunnel, I was unaware that just a short distance away a terrorist act of extreme violence was unfolding. Yesterday, while traveling home from a wonderful ABCOFLASH celebration of the executive ministry of Sam Chetti, along with the rest of the country, I was deeply saddened by the news of the horrific violence inflicted upon the members of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Read more: Responding to Violence in Our Society ~ American Baptist Express Love and Not Fear

American Baptist Men National Call for Disaster Relief Help

Jack Cobb is the American Baptist Men (ABMen) USA Diaster Relief Coordinator. He has issued a National Call to Lake Charles, Louisiana for all ABMen to respond to the historic devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.  Logistical arrangements necessary for volunteers to respond have been finalized. ABMen will be on site the weeks of September 24, October 1, October 8, October 29, November 5, November 12, December 31, 2017 and January 6 to 20, 2018  to help coordinate work.

It is assumed that after assessing the degree of need that additional teams will be required.  In the event the work in Lake Charles is completed, work will move to another location. If you or someone you know is able to help, please contact Jack Cobb with the number of men and women on your team and what days the team will work. Individual volunteers are also needed. 

There are showers on the premises.  Food & cooking has been arranged.  The group will staying at the Greater St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church (Hope Complex) 1401 Moeling Street Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601.

Contact: Jack Cobb, American Baptist Men-USA Disaster Relief Coordinator; (304) 757-8081 & (304) 206-8462.

American Baptist International Ministries Calls New Executive Director

In a historic celebration before a gathering of hundreds of mission supporters, the Rev. Sharon T. Koh of Los Angeles, California, was installed as executive director elect of American Baptist International Ministries (IM). She began her service as executive director elect on July 1, 2016, and will assume the role of executive director on September 1, 2016, following the retirement of the Rev. Dr. Reid S. Trulson on August 31. READ MORE HERE!

Region Congregation Appears in ABC-USA Video

Learn more about "Transformed by the Spirit" from ABC-USA and note that we have a congregation profiled in the video!