PCBA Representatives Participate in “Space for Grace”
November’s “Space for Grace” conference in Los Angeles welcomed several representatives of PCBA, including Jesus Portillo, who reported on the “Aspire and Achieve” program Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church carries out with challenged students at Oakland Technical High School together with Holy Names University.
The purpose of the conference, sponsored by the American Baptist Home Mission Societies, was to “seek to restore the human connection among all people by gathering intentionally diverse voices committed to exploring different perspectives about contemporary issues that affect congregations and communities across the United States today.”
Preachers, speakers, and musical artists from across the country emphasized “bringing God’s Gospel of grace to life.” The format included opportunities worship, engagement, and reflection. Reports were given on projects supported by American Baptists’ Palmer Grants, which included the Aspire and Achieve Program.
Portillo said concerning his experience at the conference, “There were programs all the way from Fairbanks, Alaska to Puerto Rico. The conversations were frank and honest. We were all energized by the drive and dedication of the many program leaders, sharing our joys and frustrations, love and hope.” Attending from PCBA churches, in addition to Portillo, were Karen DeWeese, Paul Keener, Sandra and George Lee, Paul Martin, Louann Roberts, and Allison Tanner. Retired ABC President Don Ng was also present.