June 1 – June 30, 2015
“It never ceases to amaze me how my week there empowers, challenges, and delights me.”
—2011 Summer Conference attendee
NO LONGER STRANGERS: CROSSING BORDERS FOR PEACEMAKING
JULY 6-11, 2015
EASTERN MENNONITE UNIVERSITY
HARRISONBURG, VA USA
"Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.” –Ephesians 2:19-20
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. This year, we will explore the concept of borders and the various borders we cross as peacemakers.
What borders intersect your life? Long before walls are constructed, "borders" fill our lives: influencing our activity, curtailing our imagination, and attempting to define for us who we should regard as "strangers" and who we should treat as "friends." Introducing the BPFNA's five-year theme, "No Longer Strangers", Peace Camp 2015 will develop a conceptual and theological viewpoint on the concept of "borders" and the many ways our lives are divided from the lives of our neighbors by borders both visible and invisible. Before we can work with others for peace rooted in justice, we must understand the mechanisms that erected these borders in the first place and question our own complicity (intentional and unintentional) in maintaining these borders in our own minds and hearts, as well as in our churches, institutions, law, and public policy.
You can look forward to thought-provoking workshops, exciting activities, and inspiring leaders who are all devoted to crossing a multitude of borders with the work of peace. We are looking forward to sharing spirit-filled worship with hundreds of peacemakers as we look for ways to grow, support, and encourage each other.
Participants of all ages will have opportunities for learning and for playing in community. Interpreting will be provided for Spanish-speaking participants. We hope you will join us!
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2015 KEYNOTE SPEAKER
REV. DR. JAMIE WASHINGTON is the president and founder of the Washington Consulting Group, a Multicultural Organizational Development Firm in Baltimore, MD. Rev. He is an internationally known speaker, consultant, trainer, and writer on diversity, leadership, spirituality, organizational change and community development issues, and he has received several awards both in and outside of the church for his leadership and commitment to the Ministry of Social Justice.
2015 BIBLE STUDY LEADER
REV. DR. DORIS GARCIA currently serves as the first woman president of the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico. She has a Doctorate in Theology (Th. D.) in Biblical and Historical Studies of the Hebrew Bible with a minor in Sociology from the University of Boston; an M.A.R. in Intercultural Ministries of Andover Newton; and a M.Sc. in Microbiology and Medical Zoology from the School of Medicine, University of Puerto Rico.
2015 WORSHIP LEADER
REV. APRIL BAKER currently serves as co-pastor of Glendale Baptist Church in Nashville, TN, where she also gets to accompany Vanderbilt Divinity School students in their field education. April often says that the people of BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz have taught her more about being a follower of Jesus than most any other group. She and her wife Deborah attended Peace Camp for the first time in 1990 and have only missed two summer gatherings since.
2015 CONFERENCE PREACHERS
REV. DR RHONDA Y. BRITTON is the Senior Pastor of Cornwallis Street Baptist Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia. She was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. Being a strong proponent of education, Dr. Britton has earned several degrees including a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia.
REV. OSAGYEFO UHURU SEKOU was raised in St Louis, MO, beginning his ministry at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in the mid ‘90s, teaching alternatives to gang violence at Stevens Middle School, and directing the Cochran Housing Project’s Fellowship Center. He went to Ferguson in August 2014 on behalf of the Fellowship of Reconciliation to organize alongside local and national groups and trained hundreds in non violent civil disobedience.
REV. JAVIER ULLOA CASTELLANOS was born in Mexico City in a Christian family and has more than 40 years of pastoral work experience. He is currently the president of the Baptist Seminary, which is part of the Theological Community of Mexico, and pastor of Shalom Baptist Church in Mexico City. He is also on staff at the “Red Indo-Afro-Latino América y el Caribe de Iglesias por la Paz” (Indo-Afro-Latin America and Caribbean Network of Churches for Peace).
2015 CONFERENCE MUSICIANS
LESLIE LEE & STEVE GRETZ have been singing for over a decade. Drawing on folk, gospel, and bluegrass traditions, their music combines thoughtful lyrics with rich harmonies to produce “songs that lift spirits and soothe souls.” Steve is from New York and graduated from Stanford University in 1979 and Princeton Theological Seminary in 1986. Leslie grew up in Missouri and has a BFA in Commercial Art from the University of Central Missouri.
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.
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 five-year schedule will have us in three of our four member countries and will include both old favorites and brand new locations. We hope you'll join us!
If you have a specific site to suggest for 2016 and/or suggestions for sites past 2018, please email Evelyn Hanneman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015 July 6-11 I Eastern Mennonite University I Harrisonburg, VA
2016 Location and date TBD I Philadelphia, PA
2017 dates TBD 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
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