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2019-20 XPLOR Resident Alex Keys and 2018-19 Resident Valeria Bejar serve communion to General Minister and President Rev. Terri Hord Owens during the 2019 Immigration Detention Immersion Trip.

XPLORing the Creation of the NBA Voting Rights and Registration Resources

October 12, 2020

Alex Keys, Resident of the 2019-20 NBA XPLOR St. Louis House shares why created NBA's voting resources and the importance of faith communities involvement in elections.

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Clockwise: Corina Sosa, William Brickhouse, Alex Keys

Former St. Louis NBA XPLOR Residents Reflect on the Novel Coronavirus

July 15, 2020

As part of the XPLOR response to the novel Coronavirus, we asked the residents to express themselves through a short written reflection as a way to navigate their feelings as they adapted to life under social distancing before their Residency ended in May. Residents from the St. Louis XPLOR House chose to stay in the house until the end of their residency. They’ve shared how it felt when they first heard about the novel Coronavirus and what the remainder of their time in the XPLOR program was like.

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Art work done in quarantine by Marissa Bucklew, XPLORmore Resident

Artistic Expression as a Form of Resilience

July 02, 2020

As part of the XPLOR response to the novel Coronavirus, we asked the residents if they would be willing to express themselves creatively as a way to navigate their feelings as in adapting to life under social distancing before their Residency ended in May.

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NBA XPLOR team (clockwise): Rev. Virzola Law, Rev. Bonnie Osei-Frimpong, Rev. Rebecca Hale and Rev. Dr. Ben Bohren

NBA XPLOR Announces Hiatus for 2020-21 Program Year

NBA   |   June 26, 2020

After considerable discernment, the National Benevolent Association (NBA) has made the difficult decision to place our young adult residential program, NBA XPLOR, on hiatus for the 2020-21 program year.

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Adrian Griffin, 2019-20 XPLOR Resident

What I’ve Learned as an NBA XPLOR Resident and Why You Should Apply to Join

Adrian Griffin   |   June 09, 2020

Why should young adults apply to be part of the NBA's XPLOR cohort? 2019-20 Bloomington, Indiana Resident, Adrian Griffin explains what he's learned during his Residency.

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Why Followers of Jesus Should Oppose Capital Punishment

May 26, 2021

Recently, there has been a rise in the number of executions of people on death row, particularly by the federal government. For decades, there have been debates over the use of capital punishment as a sentence for serious criminal offenses. What does the Bible say about capital punishment? Should followers of Jesus Christ, who was executed himself, oppose the use of capital punishment? Learn from a chaplain who has worked on death row in Florida for many years why followers of Jesus should be opposed to the use of capital punishment.

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Dean Bucalos

Mission Specialist, Prison and Jail Ministries Affinity Group

Manistee provides apartment home rentals for our low-income senior residents in a safe and caring environment where they can continue to age in place independently in an active senior community.