Save the Date: May 13, 2017 Annual Fundraising Banquet

"Embracing Sanctuary" is the essence of our work. It is about creating a sacred and holy place - a place that is set apart as a refuge from danger and hardship.

We invite you to share your presence as we recognize MBMM achievements of the past, and raise funds to support our transformational programs.

Together with our Board of Directors and the entire MBMM community, we invite you to join us as we step forward together into the future - a future that truly embraces sanctuary.

 

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Save the Date! MBMM's Bi-Annual Intercultural Conference: August 12-13, 2016

Join us in bold conversations about even the most divisive matters, yet in a setting that is healthy, open, safe, Christ-centered, and Spirit-led. Learn by example how to allow people to be their whole selves and embody the truth of their witnesses to lovingly engage with others who may disagree. We will create a safe space for people to witness and share their stories. We will learn and unlearn from one another. Our goal is not to come up with a statement but practice bold conversation with truth and grace for us to learn from one another and enrich the practice of multicultural ministries in our community and churches. 

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Some Work a Refugee Advocate Does

The Hassan Family is new to Worcester and needed help with hospital interpretation when the mum of the family got sick. She spent nights at the hospital and I was assisting them all those nights, while even not getting enough sleep sometimes. Also I have helped assist the family while their mum is in the hospital, and the major assist they need is emotional support and caring. Shopping and other outside accessories were also on me and I am happy to help them settle to this country.

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Apply Now To Become a Funded Intercultural Ministry Team!

The Intercultural Ministry Team (IMT) is a program of MBMM to promote the ministry of hospitality to new immigrant churches and to cultivate intercultural learning experiences for ministry. The program seeks to form covenant groups for sustaining ministerial excellence in established churches and new immigrant churches to strengthen ethnic and cultural ministry while promoting intercultural relations.

Each approved IMT will receive up to $1500 to cover expenses of the IMT meetings.

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Thoughts from a Cultural Ministry Advocate

I must admit I’ve spent more time pondering this question than I have meeting with my Caucasian brothers and sisters. Yet I’ve come to believe that the Caucasian caucus has an imperative role to play in MBMM. Our brothers and sisters of color will have more space to find empowerment, if we white folks would learn to set down our white privilege. I know that sometimes it’s tough to see ourselves as privileged.

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What I Think about MBMM

Pastoral care incorporates serving in scenes of emergency, chaos and crises. Pastors are often called to provide spiritual and emotional support in situations where people are unable to get immediate help from their own religious organizations or even their governments. Christians are supposed to be salt and light to victims of natural disasters, crime, violence, wars and medical emergencies.

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Student Refugee Saved by Arabic Advocate

Hind Abdulhussein, aka Lara, an Iraqi refugee (now age 16), came to America in December 2013 with her two sisters, ages 37 and 38, and her niece Noor Alzubaidi, (now age 13) and a young nephew, Ahmed. Lara, Noor, and Ahmed were put in Worcester's NCC school (New Citizen Center) allegedly to learn English (all speak perfect English). This school had an older (age 18) Hispanic student in the same classes who started beat- ing up Lara (because he didn't like Iraqis), pushing her down the stairs and then stomping her on the floor. She ended up in UMass Hospital with severe injuries. 

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MBMM to Me

I’m fairly new with my close involvement with the Massachusetts Baptist Multicultural Ministries as the current secretary of the Board, although I was well aware of its existence since its inception. I find my involvement provides an enriching and many times inspiring experience.

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New Americans Christmas Parties Celebrate and Give to Area Refugees in Need

Massachusetts Baptist Multicultural Ministries (MBMM) is hosting its 4th annual New Americans Christmas Parties to welcome and support newly arrived refugees this Saturday and Sunday. Over 600 gift bags filled with winter blankets, toys, toiletries, clothing, etc. will be distributed to refugee families in need, our newest Americans. We do this because we don’t want to miss the chance of engaging with Jesus in the flesh: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” – Matthew 25:34-36

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Now It Is Possible to Love Your Neighbor As Yourself

Jesus taught that the key instruction of the Bible is “You will love your neighbor as yourself.” In response to Jesus’ teaching came the famous question, “Who is my neighbor?” We are still asking that question. Kierkegaard said, “My neighbor is everyone I meet without exception.” In the world today where the world is woven together in economics, environmental issues, and communication, my neighbor is everyone in the world without exception. 

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MBMM Press Release on Racial Justice

On Wednesday, December 4, a Staten Island, New York, Grand Jury decided there was not enough evidence to prosecute a white police officer whose “chokehold” on an unarmed African American man led to his death. Despair is expressed by many people.  We, the undersigned Cultural Ministry Advocates and Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Baptist Multicultural Ministries make this statement to declare our commitment for justice and peace.

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