To Set the Captives Free

Annual Gathering 2023

April 21-23, 2023
Oakhurst Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA

Registration Information

Annual Gathering, April 21-23 (Friday-Sunday)

Early Bird Full Adult Registration (by April 1): $125
Full Adult Registration (April 1-16): $175
First time attendee: $50
Student (College and Grad School): $50
It’s Rough Out There: $50
Workshop Leader: Free
Child ages 6-12 and Youth 13-17: Free, but they must be registered
Child registering for provided childcare for children ages 5 and under: $25.00

Chaplains’ Retreat, April 20 (Thursday)

In-Person: $25
Virtual Version (Zoom): $15

Programming and schedule information will be announced soon. Check back here for updates.

Keynote Speakers

Derecka Purnell is a human rights lawyer, researcher, and author of Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom. She works to end police and prison violence by providing legal assistance, research, and training in community based organizations through an abolitionist framework. 

As a Skadden Fellow, she helped to build the Justice Project at Advancement Project’s National Office, which focused on consent decrees, police and prosecutor accountability, and jail closures. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Purnell co-created the COVID19 Policing Project at the Community Resource Hub for Safety Accountability. The project tracks police arrests, harassment, citations and other enforcement through public health orders related to the pandemic.

Purnell received her JD from Harvard Law School, her BA from the University of Missouri- Kansas City, and studied public policy and economics at the University of California- Berkeley as a Public Policy and International Affairs Law Fellow. Her writing has been published widely, including in The Oxford Handbook of Race and Law in the United States (forthcoming), The Harvard Journal of African American Policy, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New York Magazine, Boston Review, Teen Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar. Purnell has lectured, studied, and strategized around social movements across the United States, The Netherlands, Belgium, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

She is currently a columnist at The Guardian and a Scholar-in-Residence at Columbia Law School.

Full list of speakers will be announced soon. Check back here for updates

Gathering Format

The Alliance is committed to creating an equitable space for all, and we acknowledge that there is a continued need to offer hybrid events. We also recognize that the resources it takes to provide robust programming for both online and in-person participants are substantial. Both deserve to be done well, and as the Alliance continues to work towards that goal we have decided that this year’s programming will be primarily focused towards in-person participants. We hope that, in the future, we will have the resources to provide a meaningful experience for both in-person and online participants. This year, we will not have an online component to the gathering but will stream the keynote addresses and most worship experiences. Our commitment is to offer a robust hybrid gathering in the future.

Hotel Information

The Alliance of Baptists has a discounted room block at Hotel Indigo Atlanta Downtown April 19-23, 2023 for a discounted group rate of $159.00 per night.

Hotel Indigo Atlanta Downtown
230 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Tel: 404.649.6041