Why Baptist? Gathering

  • Location: Raleigh, N.C.
    Contact: Leah Grundset Davis

    April 27, 2017, Meredith College, Raleigh, N.C.

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    Why Baptist? We often answer that question with why we aren’t “that kind of Baptist.” What does it mean to remember why we ARE Baptist? We’ll share stories of why we’re committed to our Baptist traditions, hear from our speakers about their expressions of Baptist-ness and discuss why we have hope in what Baptists can offer the world.

    This ground-breaking, crucial event will draw us to mirrors where we’re able to look at ourselves so that we might better reflect Baptist identity in the future. Join us as we grab hands with each other and commit ourselves to the future of Baptist life. We believe this event could have huge impact for the years to come!

    We welcome seven incredible, nationally-respected speakers who will share stories and thoughts on one of the seven points of the Alliance of Baptists’ covenant followed by an interactive conversation with moderators who are creative, thoughtful and engaged in Baptist life and beyond. 

    Registration & Hotel Information:


    Early Bird Registration (by March 27): $50

    After March 27, Registration: $65

    Moderator Registration Fee: $25

    College and graduate students: Free

    Speakers/Planning Team/Exhibitor Registration: Free

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    Looking for Annual Gathering registration too? Click here.

    Hotel Information:

    *Rates have been secured through the Alliance Annual Gathering, but not a multi-night stay not required to secure rate.

    You may secure the group rate at the two hotels below for the nights of April 25-30, 2017, by using the reservation web link provided below, or by calling the hotels directly and asking for the Alliance of Baptists – Pullen Baptist Church block. All reservations must be made by 5:00pm on March 24, 2017 to secure the group rate.

    Book your group rate for Alliance of Baptists (Pullen Baptist Church)

    Fairfield Inn & Suites Raleigh Crabtree

    2201 Summit Park Lane Raleigh, NC 27612

    (919) 881-9800

    Residence Inn Raleigh Crabtree

    2200 Summit Park Lane Raleigh, NC 27612

    (919) 279-3000

    Please note the Alliance of Baptists does not a room block at the hotels below because their prices for our dates were not competitive, but we are providing this contact information for folks who may want to stay there for convenience, since they are closer to Pullen:

    Aloft Raleigh, 2100 Hillsborough St. Raleigh, NC 27607

    www.aloftraleigh.com, 919-828-9900

    Doubletree Hilton Brownstone Raleigh, 1707 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh NC

    919-828-0811, http://www3.hilton.com/en/index.html

    The Doubletree would be good for mobility concerns.

    Our Speakers


    Jeff Hood: Covenant Point #1

    Jeff Hood is a Baptist theologian and activist living and working in Texas. The author of 16 books, Hood has appeared on countless media outlets to discuss his queer ideas. A father of 5 and husband of 1, Jeff also maintains a number of close relationships with men on death row. With deep soul and a belief that God is “calling us to something queerer,” Jeff is a radical mystic and prophetic voice to our closed society.

    Kyndra Frazier: Covenant Point #2

    Kyndra Frazier is a native of Charlotte, N.C. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker currently serving as Associate Pastor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at First Corinthian Baptist Church in New York City. She is also the Director of the HOPE (Healing On Purpose and Evolving) Center, which is a subsidiary of First Corinthian Church. 

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    Allyson Robinson: Covenant Point #3

    Allyson is a 1994 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds a master of divinity degree from Baylor University. She is a frequent guest on cable news and in other media outlets. Her 2012 TEDx talk on the economics of social inclusion has received over 10,000 views on YouTube and has been used to train leaders, educators, and healthcare professionals worldwide.

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    Micah Bucey: Covenant Point #4

    Micah Bucey currently serves as the Associate Minister at Judson Memorial Church in New York City, where, among other duties, he curates Judson's always-free and always-queer weekly food-and-art program Judson Arts Wednesdays. His perennial passion for exploring the intersections of art, spirituality, and justice keeps him continually curious and playfully faithful.

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    Elizabeth Mangham Lott: Covenant Point #5

    Elizabeth Mangham Lott serves as Senior Pastor of the St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, Louisiana. She shares her life on the Gulf Coast with husband Nathan and their two children, Turner and Julia.

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    Alan Sherouse: Covenant Point #6

    Alan is pastor at First Baptist Church, Greensboro, N.C. and previously served as pastor at Metro Baptist Church, New York City.

    Charles Watson, Jr: Covenant Point #7

    Charles Watson Jr is the Education and Outreach Specialist of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C. His work is focused on expanding the base of support for religious liberty and engaging the next generation of advocates. A graduate of The Citadel, Watson earned a Master of Divinity degree at Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology, and he is a veteran of the United States Air Force.

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