November 14 – November 16, 2018
Loews Hotel, Philadelphia, PA. Learn More »
“It never ceases to amaze me how my week there empowers, challenges, and delights me.”
—2011 Summer Conference attendee
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Being the Water by Kate Polaski
"Actively seek out ways you can help people and ways you can help yourself to grow. These are the ways you can continue to be the water in which people are purified and reaffirmed in their faith. We must go into the world not as a trickle but as a flood, covering the earth with water, washing away evil and injustice and much like the biblical flood, helping the world to be born anew. Keep reading...
Sé que no es perfecto by LeDayne McLeese Polaski
I hope that we can always remember that two things can be true at once – that we are growing – AND that we are always failing and in need of grace. I do know that if we keep going back to the Water found only in the wilderness – we will be more than we can imagine. We know it is and will not be not perfect – But it can be good, very good. Keep reading...
Allies & Accomplices by Josue Saldivar
The experiences of many of the multiple forms of oppression are a lot like prisons. Allow me now to take you back to the scripture again. Paul and Silas were freed because an earthquake shook the foundations of the prison which freed them from their prison doors and chains. Let me ask you this. What earthquake(s) do we need in order to shake the foundations of white supremacy? Keep reading...
Many Cultures, One Faith by Naim Wiest-Laird
"For future church, to me it is not necessarily changing how we think about what we do or changing traditions, but how we take our Christianity and ourselves into the world. How we pass on what we know to the next generation. Like in the scripture that has the rock as the foundation, because without a strong foundation we can’t build." Keep reading...
Thanks to member Marian Bacon, we also have several of the sessions available on our Facebook page as Facebook Live recordings.
Wednesday, July 4
Music and storytelling with Cheryl Bear
Friday, July 6
Music and Plenary with Rev. LeDayne McLeese Polask: Part 1 • Part 2
Music with Rev. George Oliver
Storytelling with Cheryl Bear and the Youth Worship Service
Each of these topics can and should be experienced and influenced by each individual participant’s lived understanding. These are not topics that live in a “yes” or “no” reality. Rather, they live on a spectrum of truths that are affected and infected by our many cultures. Like the very idea of our theme Decentering Power & Privilege: Becoming a Peculiar People, by the very notion of choosing to be followers of Jesucristo, the Divine made flesh, by believing that the unlikely can be, by following a Palestine Jew who turned water into wine, who freed the captives from the binds of the status quo…we become a peculiar people, strange, no longer fitting into the expected societal norms. And so each day’s topic takes us a step deeper into Decentering those aspects of Power and Privilege that we have been socialized to enable the people to do (and yes, we are the people).
Monday: Unity vs Uniformity
Tuesday: No limits, no boundaries, no one left out
Wednesday: Decolonizing the Americas
Thursday: I'm coming out
Friday: Let's go back to the water
Saturday: What you gonna do when you get out of jail
1. Courageous Space Guidelines
On Tuesday, July 3, the plenary session at our 2018 Summer Conference will be “The Center and The Borderlands,” a Racial Justice Training with Jessica Vazquez Torres from Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing & Training. We encourage all conference attendees to read the following information on courageous space in preparation for that training and to use as a guide for the entire week. Click here.
2. Curated Resources
A collection of resources recommended by Racial Justice Trainer Jessica Vazquez Torres. Click here.
Click the image below to listen to the theme song of Summer Conference 2018! Music and lyrics written by Gerardo Oberman and Horacio Vivares.
Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza
Ree Belle (Brittíni)
Dr. Cheryl Bear
Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle
Jessica Vazquez Torres
Dr. Derrick Harkins
Eleazar Pérez Encino
Rev. Gerardo Oberman
Mtro/Mr. Horacio Vivares
"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
Click here for worship materials, reflections, songs, videos, and more from previous Summer Conferences.