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Summer Conference

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

—2011 Summer Conference attendee

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

(P.S. In 2019 we'll be combining Summer Conference with the next Global Baptist Peace Conference in Cali, Colombia! Click here for more information.)

*This year's Summer Conference logo was designed by member Leslie Lee. It features the theme “Becoming a Peculiar People” as the center of the design, replacing and breaking through “Power & Privilege”, which is represented by an icon for the traditional/systemic holders and wielders of power: The Institution (ie. schools, government, bank, mansion, and yes, even the church).

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Our 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 world will come together for a week of inspiration and training that will empower our personal and corporate work for justice.

When the early Christians made the confession ‘Jesus is Lord,’ it was an act of treason. In that day and age, Caesar and only Caesar could be called “Lord”. They were persecuted; many imprisoned and even killed. When Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. followed Jesus his Lord and Savior in calling out the triple evils of poverty, racism, and militarism, he was called a traitor, a communist, un-American and worse. He too was persecuted, imprisoned, and eventually killed.

Because, if we are to declare that ‘Jesus is Lord’ not only with our words but also with our lives, we too might be marked as traitors and troublemakers. We will be peculiar people. Following Jesus is not an easy task or road, IT IS HARD. For the work to be done we are in need of partners and fellow travelers, each motivated and motivating the other.

This Summer Conference will provide us with the opportunity to engage and learn. Our time together will require that we be BRAVE! If you are interested in creating a change, we invite you to join us this year at Keuka College!

Daily Themes:

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

Click here to learn more about the daily themes.

Resources for 2018 Conference Attendees

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 for these guidelines.

Meet our 2018 Summer Conference Managers!

Rev. Elivette (Elly) Mendez Angulo and Rev. George E. Oliver joined BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz at the end of 2017. In their roles as Summer Conference Managers, Elly and George will refine and implement the chosen theme through: the selection of speakers, development of workshops and special events, collaborating on enrichment activities for attendees of all ages, abilities, understandings, and providing language integration from both English and Spanish!

Elivette Mendez Angulo
Meet Elly

George Oliver
Meet George

2018 Leadership


Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza
Named by the Center for American Progress as one of the 10 Faith Leaders to watch in 2018, Robyn Henderson-Espinoza is charting a path the gives new imagination to that of the borderlands and border crossing efforts of activism and theology.

Meet Robyn


Ree Belle (Brittíni)
Brittíni, who goes by the name Ree Belle as an ode to the women who have come before her (her grandmother J. Ree and her grandma’s cousin, L. Bell), is a poet, artist, and creative; womanist, scholar, and healer; organizer, activist, and strategist.

Meet Ree Belle


Dr. Cheryl Bear
Cheryl Bear is Nadleh Whut’en from the Dakelh Nation and Dumdenyoo Clan. She is a multi-award-winning singer/songwriter and a gifted speaker and teacher who has traveled to over 600 Indigenous communities in Canada and the United States sharing her songs and stories.

Meet Cheryl


Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle
Marvin McMickle is the 12th President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in 1973, and that same year, was ordained to the Christian ministry at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City.

Meet Marvin


Jessica Vazquez Torres
A native of Puerto Rico, Jessica identifies as a “1.5 generation Queer ESL Latina of Puerto Rican descent.” She currently works as a consultant and core/organizer trainer for Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training.

Meet Jessica


Dr. Derrick Harkins
Dr. Harkins is currently Senior Vice-President at Union Seminary. He previously served in pastorate positions and served as Vice President of the North American Baptist Fellowship of the Baptist World Alliance, amongst others.

Meet Derrick


Eleazar Pérez Encino
Eleazar is the Sustainability Programs Coordinator of the Mayan Intercultural Seminary. Here he works with indigenous communities in developing agricultural processes that are relevant to the cultural, historical, topographical, and nutritional contexts of these communities.

Meet Eleazar


2018 Music


Rev. Gerardo Oberman
Rev. Gerardo Oberman is a songwriter, poet, and pastor in the Reformed Churches in Argentina and current president of the denomination. In 2004 he co-founded Red Crearte, a Latin American liturgical network, and continues to coordinate the work. He also serves as historian of the Reformed churches in Argentina and the Dutch immigration in the region.


Mtro/Mr. Horacio Vivares
Horacio Vivares is a composer, arranger, and orchestra conductor from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He works in the field of academic and popular music. As a founding member of Red Crearte, he has participated in countless projects and meetings of the World Council of Churches and other churches and organizations especially in Latin America. He is also a teacher who directs orchestra programs for children and youth and leads training workshops for churches, especially focused around musical renewal in the liturgy.

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.


Additional Summer Conference Resources

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

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