Summer Conference

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

—2011 Summer Conference attendee

Join us in 2016







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Click here to see the 2016 Schedule! • Click here for a list of 2016 Workshops! • Click here to download an electric copy of the 2016 Conference Program!

The BPFNA Summer Conference is an annual gathering for everyone who longs for the spirituality, inspiration, skills, knowledge and community to support a life of peace rooted in justice. Taken from BPFNA’s five-year overarching theme of No Longer Strangers: Crossing Borders for Peacemaking, the 2016 focus is specifically on When Did We See You in Prison: Breaking Social and Structural Injustice.

And we're thrilled that in 2016 we'll be at Cheyney University, located just 20 miles west of Philadelphia!

Cheyney is the oldest HBCU (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) in the US, and it has a long history of providing a quality education to students who may otherwise be unable to attend college. Unfortunately for the past few decades, Cheyney’s enrollment and state funding have been in a serious decline. Meeting on its campus will give conference participants the opportunity to stand with Cheyney as it faces the challenges of moving forward against tremendous odds in light of an unjust state funding system and the negative publicity that hampers its efforts. Furthermore, BPFNA has a history of standing up for racial justice. Especially recently, as we have undergone an internal organizational examination, our commitment to dismantling systemic and structural racism has intensified. The invitation from Cheyney, plus the relevance of the 2016 theme, could not be more perfect. This symbolizes BPFNA’s growth as an organization and points us toward where we want to be in the future. The opportunity will hopefully allow us to form, build, and strengthen relationships as we continue to do this work. 

We hope you will join us for an amazing Conference!

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.


Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes

Townes, a distinguished scholar and leader in theological education, is dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School. She is also the E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Womanist Ethics & Society and serves as president of the Society for the Study of Black Religion. Townes was the first African American woman elected as president of the American Academy of Religion (2008).

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Rev. Dr. Amaury Tañón-Santos

Amaury is passionate about church ministry, intercultural engagement, and an active public Christian witness. A teaching elder member of Elizabeth Presbytery and parish associate of Nuevas Fronteras Presbyterian Church in Plainfield, NJ, Amaury serves as Synod networker for Synod of the Northeast (PCUSA) and as board president of BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz. 

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Rev. Damien Durr

Damien Durr, minister, educator, and teacher, inspires, galvanizes, and promotes hope across the country from churches to barber shops to public schools. He currently serves as the youth and young adult pastor at the Temple Church and a consultant for the Children’s Defense Fund and a facilitator in the Metro Nashville Public School system.

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Greg Jarrell & Jim Bennett

Greg & Jim have known each other for 15 years and have played music together in a variety of settings. While each has recorded on his own, the recent album How Bright the Path is their first recording together.

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Rev. Leslie Callahan, Ph.D.

Dr. Callahan earned her B.A. in Religion from Harvard University/Radcliffe, a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Religion from Princeton University. She was ordained in 1997 at Judson Memorial Church. She currently serves as the first female pastor of St. Paul's Baptist Church in Philadelphia.

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Dave Diewert

Hailing from Vancouver, BC, Dave taught biblical languages and literature for more than two and a half decades. Fifteen years ago he left academia to work with low-income communities. In 2007, he co-founded Streams of Justice, a social justice group that invites people of faith to stumble together along the paths of decolonization, solidarity, resistance, and liberation. 

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Hon. Wendell Griffen

Wendell L. Griffen is an Arkansas lawyer, jurist, legal educator, business leader, ordained Baptist minister, and public speaker. He is currently a judge to Arkansas’s Sixth Circuit for Pulaski County. In addition to this, he serves as pastor of New Millennium Church in Little Rock and CEO of Griffen Strategic Consulting. He also runs a blog called Justice is a Verb!.

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Rev. Doug Avilesbernal

Doug Avilesbernal is the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church of Norristown, PA and also serves as the treasurer of the American Baptist Churches Hispanic Caucus. He is the son of a missionary pastor, having been born in Guatemala, Central America. Doug has been called by God to be a bridge between two different worlds with many different cultures and two different languages.

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Peace Camp 2015

Click here for a note from Leslie and Steve about Peace Camp music.

Click here to download Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington's presentation Tuesday morning presentation, Crossing Borders: From Awareness to Action.

Rev. Dr. Doris Garcia Bible Studies
Tuesday, July 7: Slides 1-10 I Slides 11-20 I Slides 21-28
Wednesday, July 8: Slides 1-10 Slides 11-15 I Slides 16-20 I Slides 21-31
Thursday, July 9: Slides 1-11 Slides 12-22 Slides 23-34
Friday, July 10: Slides 1-22 I Slides 23-28 I Slides 29-34

Peace Camp 2014

Created by Savannah Ward, this film documents the BPFNA 2014 Summer Conference (aka Peace Camp) that was held in St. Catharines, ON at Brock University. Click here to see more of Savannah's photography and film.

Click here for Summer Conference 2014 worship resources. This collection was assembled by BPFNA Intern Mattie Kearse.

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. This schedule will include both old favorites and brand new locations. We hope you'll join us!

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

2016 June 27-July 2, 2016 I Cheyney University I Philadelphia, PA

2017 July 17-22, 2017 I Misión Mazahua I Toluca, Mexico

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

2019 Location and date TBD I Western Canada or United States

Summer Conference Photos

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Summer Conference Videos 

BPFNA Summer Conference Choir - "For the Beauty of the Earth"







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