The CABF was formerly known as the Atlantic Baptist Fellowship for more than 40 years. Because of the great affection for the ABF, many will continue to refer to it as that. The ABF was formed in 1971 by members of the United Baptist Convention of the Atlantic Provinces, who wanted to witness to historic Baptist principles of freedom and to continue involvement with non-Baptist communions in joint worship, social action and ecumenical discussions.
Annual General Meeting - Wrapup and A Next Step
The 2016 Annual General Meeting held September 30 and October 1 at First Baptist Church Halifax, focused on the toic of Medical Assistance in Dying. Guest speaker Dr. David Abriel of Mahone Bay and a panel comprised of Rev. Pamela Estey, hospital chaplain, Janet Allen, healthcare social worker, and Sandra Barss, lawyer, discussed their experiences in attending dying persons. Their compassion and reverence for life was inspiring. Several people raised the need for a theological discussion of the issues as the next step.
One attendee pointed out that In 2016, Pope Francis published The Name of God is MERCY, in which he reminded parishoners that, "Mercy is the first attribute of God." His intent was to frame the discussion of social issues. With the conversation at the Annual General Meeting as background, many felt that the the next step is to encourage churches to take up the discussion and work at a theological view that combines mercy and compassion with scriptural understanding.
As in other theological matters where the Baptist principal of soul liberty is valued, the CABF has no stake in the outcome of any discussions - we leave that to local congregations as they seek Spirit-led understanding. But with mutual respect and enlightenment, it could be a very worthwhile discussion.
Regg Dunn a former minister of First Baptist Church Amherst and Frank Sinnott who held pastorates throughout the maritimes discuss their beliefs about what it is to be Baptist. The articles were written several years ago, but well express the essence of our Baptist beliefs and freedoms. To view the articles, click on their names.
Two important pieces of financial information are our latest Financial Statement and the 2017 BudgetL.
Lic. Rick Manuel was recently appointed as the Atlantic Canada member of the board of Citizens for Public Justice(CPJ). Rick is the only Baptist representative on the board. The motto of CPJ, which flows from its mission, is "Inspired by Faith to Work for Justice." More about CPJ can be found here.
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Annual General Meeting - Business
Two notices of motion were moved and passed.
In article 18, minutes of any special meetings between Annual General Meetings was added as business to be dealt with at AGMs.
In article 28 that outlines the composition of Council, provision were made for four Members-at-Large. Rev. Hugh Kirkegarrd was elected as a member-at-large. The Council will appoint 3 more members. Lic. Rick Manuel was elected as Interim Chair of the Program Committee, with a seat on Council.
Lic. David Csinos, Assistant Professor of Practical theology at the Atlantic School of Theology and member of First Baptist Church Halifax was granted a CABF License to Minister.