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  [All day event] Decentering Power and Privilege: A conference for peacemakers
Decentering Power and Privilege: A conference for peacemakers July 2-7, 2018 • Keuka College • Keuka Park, NY USA More information and registration is available at The annual conference of BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz 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 each others' work for justice. Feel free to join us for one day, a couple days, or the full week! Theme and Daily Focuses Through this year’s theme, Decentering Power and Privilege: Becoming a Peculiar People, we will challenge the status quo and traditional/systemic holders and wielders of power. As witnessed throughout history, speaking truth to power and creating change is not easy. Many of those working for justice have been met with significant consequences - persecution, imprisonment, even death. If we are to put feet to our faith and resist not only with our words but also with our lives, we too might be marked as traitors and troublemakers. We will be peculiar people. 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 – within yourself and in the world around you – we invite you to join us at Keuka College! Daily themes include: Monday, July 2: Unity vs Uniformity Tuesday, July 3: No limits, no boundaries, no one left out Wednesday, July 4: Decolonizing the Americas Thursday, July 5: I'm coming out Friday, July 6: Let's go back to the water Saturday, July 7: What you gonna do when you get out of jail 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. 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. 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. Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle Marvin McMickle is the 12th and current President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. 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. Dr. Derrick Harkins Dr. Harkins is the current Senior Vice-President at Union Seminary in New York City. Eleazar Pérez Encino Eleazar is the Sustainability Programs Coordinator of the Mayan Intercultural Seminary in Chiapas, Mexico. Here he works with indigenous communities in developing agricultural processes that are relevant to the cultural, historical, topographical, and nutritional contexts of these communities. Music Rev. Gerardo Oberman & Mr. Horacio Vivares, Co-founders of Red Crearte, a Latin American liturgical network Rev. Gerardo Oberman is a songwriter, poet, and pastor in the Reformed Churches in Argentina and current president of the denomination. Horacio Vivares is a composer, arranger, and orchestra conductor from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Allison Paksoy (she/her/hers) communications manager BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz 300 hawthorne lane, suite 205 charlotte, nc 28204 p: +1-704-521-6051

4:00pm [4:00pm] Meet with Representative Chris Collins - immigrants & children
As members of C-27 (constituents of the 27th District), we have requested a meeting with our Representative Chris Collins to discuss his efforts to reunite the families recently separated at the US/Mexico border. We asked to meet with him on Tuesday, July 3 at 4 PM at his office in Geneseo NY. If you share this concern please join us. As yet, we have not heard back from him but plan to gather at his office on Tuesdays at 4 PM beginning on July 3 until he meets with us or until the families are reunited. Dave and Heather Nagel