Summer Conference

“It never ceases to amaze me how my week there empowers, challenges, and delights me.”

—2011 Summer Conference attendee

Know Before You Go: Summer Conference 2017

It's only a little bit before we gather at Misión Mazahua for our first Summer Conference in Mexico! We are looking forward to seeing you soon! Here are some things to keep in mind before arriving for the week. Keep reading...

Con el deseo que en esta semana veamos con los ojos del corazón que contempla que otro mundo es posible, cuando compartimos desde la desnudez y arropamos la esperanza en abrazos de amor, justicia y paz.

BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz es una organización que reúne, equipa y moviliza gente de muchos lugares que trabajan en busca de una paz con justicia. Es una gran red de pacificadores y pacificadoras que se animan y apoyan mutuamente en esta gran tarea que tenemos de construir un mundo y una vida de paz para todos y todas. Cada año realizamos una conferencia de verano, y esta es para nosotros una reunión para todas y todos los que anhelan una espiritualidad, inspiración,  habilidades, conocimiento y una comunidad que apoye una vida de paz enraizada en justicia. Pacificadores y pacificadoras del continente se reunirán por una semana en donde compartiremos experiencias, aprenderemos y, sobre todo, nos animaremos para continuar con este trabajo por la justicia y la paz. A través de meditaciones, liturgias, música, talleres, convivencia intergeneracional, estudios bíblicos, películas, actividades recreativas, programas para todas las edades, entre otras cosas más, nos equiparemos para el trabajo de crear Otro mundo posible.

With eagerness during this week, we will see with the eyes of our hearts that another world is possible when we share our nakedness and clothe each other in love, hope, justice, and peace.

BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz gathers, equips, and mobilizes people of faith from across North America and the world for the work of peace rooted in justice. As the largest network of Baptist peacemakers, BPFNA strives to support and encourage those in our midst in the work of building a world where there is peace and justice for all. BPFNA’s annual conference is for everyone who longs for the spirituality, inspiration, skills, knowledge, and community to support a life of peace rooted in justice. Peacemakers from throughout the continent will come together for a week of inspiration and training that will empower our personal and corporate work for justice. Through meditation, worship, music, workshops, intergenerational recreation, bible studies, movies, educational programs for all ages, and more, we’ll equip ourselves for the work of creating a better world.

Daring to go where we have not gone before

from Mayra Picos Lee, president of the BPFNA board

For the first time, BPFNA~Bautistas por la Paz is daring to go where we have not gone before for our Summer Conference! This is a huge deal for us as an organization! Although since its inception our organization established a firm commitment to represent the voices of North America (Mexico, Puerto Rico, USA and Canada), the structures of power, privilege and economic inequality among the countries we represent have made it extremely difficult to live into this commitment fully.

Yet, it is also true that as an organization of loving Christians committed to peace and justice, we have made bold statements in the past. We have committed to non-violent resolution of conflict whereas our governments have chosen the path of war. We have committed to be a welcoming and affirming community to all Christians regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We have committed to become the BPFNA~Bautistas por la Paz, and bear in our very name our commitment to the inclusion of languages and cultural perspectives different from those based in the USA-English speaking world. We have committed to reimagine a world in which love has the last and loudest voice in the way we come together as the body of Christ.

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Why are we going to Mexico?

from Michael Ware, vice president of the BPFNA board

Just in case you have not heard, this year’s Summer Conference (a.k.a. Peace Camp) of 2017 will be in Mexico! I have been attending summer conferences since 2006, and each of them has been truly refreshing, renewing, and empowering. There is something about a group of Baptists coming together around peace and justice that is life-changing. This has been my experience of summer conferences for 11 years. I believe this is because as Jesus said, “where two or three gather together in my name, there am I with them.” Friends, I can truly say I have felt the movement of the Spirit at each and every conference, from my associations with the youngest attendees to the longtime sojourners.

This is the first time in the history of BPFNA that we will gather in Mexico. With what’s going on in our world today, venturing to Mexico to continue our conversations on peace and justice is essential. This is a powerful moment for the work we do as a people rooted in justice.

Even though you might be asking “why Mexico?” I encourage you to turn that around and ask “why have we waited so long?”

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Summer Conference Leadership

Dra./Dr. Elsa Tamez
Estudios Bíblicos / Bible Study Leader


Rev. Gerardo Oberman
Liturgias/Cultos / Worship Leader


Mtro./Mr. Horacio Vivares
Música / Music Leader


Rev. Sergio Ulloa
Predicación / Preacher

More coming soon!

Rev. Rebeca Montemayor
Predicación / Preacher

More coming soon!

Mtra./Ms. Violeta Rocha
Predicación / Preacher

More coming soon!

BPFNA Hires Ximena Ulloa Montemayor as Program Manager for first Summer Conference held in Mexico

Born in Monterrey, Ximena (Mena) has lived in Mexico City since she was 6 years old. Mena is a current board member and talented musician who has long-standing ties to BPFNA. The 2017 Conference will be held at Misión Mazahua, a hacienda that provides services and support to the local indigenous Mazahua people.

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Watch this video to learn more about Misión Mazahua!









Reasons to come to Summer Conference:

"This is my 'booster shot' to keep me going the rest of the year. Also I know you only get caliber speakers and resource leaders." —2015 Summer Conference attendee

  • Excellent and challenging programs on a variety of ways to practice peacemaking in your own communities.
  • Connections to a progressive Baptist community.
  • Appropriate peacemaking programming for children and adults of all ages.
  • Peacemakers come from all over North America to attend.
  • (For young adults) a vibrant, active, and passionate young adult group.

Upcoming Conference Schedule

We're excited to announce the locations of our next several Summer Conferences -- a.k.a. Peace Camps. We are especially thrilled to let you know about our first-ever conference outside of the US and Canada -- we'll be at Misión Mazahua near Toluca, Mexico in 2017. We hope you'll join us!

If you have suggestions for sites past 2018, please email Scott Hayes at scott@bpfna.org.

2018 July 2-7 • Keuka College • Keuka Park, NY

2019 Location and date TBD  Western Canada or United States

Additional Summer Conference Resources

Click here for worship materials, reflections, songs, videos, and more from previous Summer Conferences.

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