Director of NBA XPLOR
Rev. Bonnie Osei-Frimpong serves as the Director of NBA XPLOR for the National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Bonnie joins the NBA team with experience serving several Disciple ministries, including the Division of Overseas Ministries, Disciples Peace Fellowship, and Week of Compassion. Bonnie worked with Church World Service Indonesia and the American Red Cross. Her work throughout all of these agencies has focused on developing and implementing programs to support education policy, disaster response, citizenship formation, economic justice, and HIV/AIDS prevention and response programs.
Getting to Know Bonnie
Why do you feel "called to care" about Disciples health and social service ministry?
I could talk a long time about theological, scriptural, and ethical imperatives to care for the vulnerable among us. The main thing, though, is that this work is so much fun. Our work is to help say YES to God's dream, and to people's dreams, for a more just world inhabited by beloved community. I know I am called to do this work because it is hard, challenging, interesting, collaborative, transformative, and so dang much fun.
Who is a hero of yours, and why?
Bayard Rustin was one of the organizers of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Bayard Rustin was a tactical genius of community organizing, an adviser to King and other leaders in the SCLC, and the visionary for the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Rustin was motivated by his Quaker background to root his work in active non-violence and to sustain his work through attention to spiritual practices that guided him when everything else seemed to betray him. He was an out-of-the-box thinker who practiced tremendous courage and continually held on to the good even at personal cost. Rustin was also a leader of the gay rights movement.
If I tried to find you in a supermarket, what aisle would you be in?
What is on sale? I'm there.