What is Liberty without Liberation?

The founding documents and principles of the United States of America and of our beloved movement that is the Alliance of Baptists emphasize the liberty of citizens to chart their own paths and the freedom of persons to govern their own souls. Yet despite this language of liberty and our lip service to freedom, much of the history of Baptists and the history of the United States is a much different story. The truth of our history and this present moment is that liberty is hollow without liberation. Join us – Alliance members and friends – in Washington, D.C. for the 2019 Annual Gathering, where we will re-imagine liberty through the much-needed lens of liberation. --2019 Annual Gathering Planning Committee 

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Chaplains and Clergy Retreat: April 25, view agenda here

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    Statement On Sex Gender And Sexuality (Revised)
    Statement On Children In Detention
    Statement on Violence against Places of Worship
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Thursday, April 25: 

7:00pm: Libation/Liberation Happy Hour. All are invited to fellowship at Crimson View, the rooftop bar of the Pod hotel (627 H St NW). The space features a spectacular view of the D.C. skyline and the steeple of Annual Gathering host church Calvary Baptist. Come enjoy libations and appetizers (available for purchase at the bar) with the Alliance staff as we kick off conversations about liberty and liberation (with help from the Spirit and spirits).

Jacqui Lewis, pastor of Middle Collegiate Church in New York City (

Friday, April 26:

9:00am-10:30am: Welcome & Panel discussion (view detailed description here)

11:00am: Worship with Jacqui Lewis preaching, Wendell Griffen theme interpretation, Cláudio Carvalhaes worship leader

12:30pm-1:30pm: Lunch with communities

1:45pm-3:15pm: Workshops

3:15pm-3:45pm: Break 

Believe the Women book launch, Palacios Chapel
During Friday's break, join Leah Grundset Davis as she launches her book, Believe the Women: A Journey of Liberation with Alliance of Baptists' Women. She'll introduce the book and there will be time for questions, conversations, and a book signing! Books can be purchased and refreshments will be served. 

3:45pm-5:15pm: Business Meeting I

6:30pm: Liberty Dinner by BJC           

Register separately here for the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty dinner taking place at the Alliance Annual Gathering on Friday, April 26. Seating is limited, so secure your spot now. 

Otis Moss III, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago (

Change in Schedule: Due to a a snow event in Chicago, Rev Dr. Otis Moss, III will not be able to travel here to proclaim today. Judge Wendell Griffen has graciously taken on the sacred task in his stead. You won’t want to miss it. The afternoon talk-back is also cancelled

Saturday, April 27:

9:00-10:30 am: Workshop II

11:00am: Worship with Wendell Griffen preaching, Cláudio Carvalhaes worship leader

12:30pm-2:00pm: Lunch with communities

2:00pm-4:15pm: Business Meeting II 

4:30pm-5:30pm: Happy Hour & Music with Christian McIvor

Sunday, April 28:

9am: Bible Study, Cláudio Carvalhaes 

11am: Worship with Maria Swearingen, Sally Sarratt, Elijah Zehyoue preaching, Wendell Griffen theme interpretation, Cláudio Carvalhaes worship leader

Sunday Preachers: Maria Swearingen, Elijah Zehyoue, and Sally Sarratt

Worship Leaders

Cláudio Carvalhaes, (
Judge Wendell Griffen


The Alliance of Baptists was unable to get a room block that didn't set us up for a larger obligation than we were comfortable with.

We know Pod DC is very close, phone 202-847-4444, 627 H St, Washington DC, $200-220/night.

Also close is Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott, phone 202-697-4004, 500 H St NW, Washington DC, around $269/night.

Website for other options:

For hostels, go to 

Closest Metro station to Calvary is Gallery Place one block from Calvary (serves Green, Yellow and Red lines).  Metro Center is a block further away (serves the Red, Orange, Blue and Silver lines).

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