Alliance of Baptists’ members and supporters will gather for a time of fellowship and faith sharing this spring at the 2018 Annual Gathering April 26-29 at Harmony Creek Church in Dayton, Ohio. Uniting under the theme “Earth: Beloved Community,” participants will be empowered and equipped to recognize the intersectionalities of justice embedded in life on earth, seek God’s peace and justice in the communion of life on earth, and return to their local communities as an embodiment of Christ’s reconciling spirit so all might be known as beloved.
We look forward to seeing you in April!
Schedule for 2018 Alliance Annual Gathering
Thursday, April 26
11 a.m.– Registration (lunch on your own)
1-6 p.m.– Welcome, Theme Provocation, and Faith and Climate--a Conversation: An in-depth workshop to equip faith leaders to speak confidently and knowledgeably about our present climate crisis and to respond as people of faith to this critical challenge. Download an information sheet.
6:30 p.m.– Dinner: An opportunity for fellowship and networking with other Baptist fellowship members who join the Alliance in the work of Creation Justice Ministries.
7:30-9 p.m.- Baptist Beer Garden
- Beer by Warped Wing Brewing Company, a Dayton-based craft brewery (www.warpedwing.com)
- Music by Christian McIvor
Friday, April 27
8 a.m.– Registration
9-10:30 a.m.– Bible Study and Program led by Ched Myers (www.chedmyers.org): “Nature against Empire: Hardheartedness, Plagues, and Exodus Liberation”
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.– Interdisciplinary Panel
- A diverse group speaking from such contexts as agriculture, economics, race and gender on the interconnected moral and ethical dimensions of an integral ecology.
12:30 p.m.– Lunch with Communities
2 p.m.– Annual Meeting, Part I
3:30 p.m.– Workshop Session I
5:30 p.m.– Worship led by Rev. Mariama White-Hammond (bio)
Saturday, April 28
9-10:30 a.m.– Program led by Ched Myers (bio): “Redemption as Restoration: Toward Watershed Discipleship”
11 a.m.– Workshop Session II
12:30 a.m.– Lunch with Communities
2 p.m.– Annual Meeting, Part II
4-5 p.m.– Ecumenical Inter-Baptist Panel
- Baptist voices from various denominations exploring ways to participate together in a movement of peace, justice and reconciliation with all of God’s creation.
5:30 p.m.– Worship led by Deborah DeMars Conrad (bio)
Sunday, April 29
9:15 a.m. – Bible Study by Ched Myers: "The Stones Cry Out: Teaching a Church to Listen"
10:30 a.m. – Worship with Ched Myers: “I am the Vine: Beloved Community as Earthtending”