ABHMS Space for Grace 2018 urban retreat to feature art, performances

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 9/13/18)—A variety of inspiring faith-related art and performances will be featured during American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) highly anticipated “Space for Grace: Thy Will Be Done” urban retreat Nov. 14-16 in Philadelphia.

For conferencegoers’ convenience, all performances and exhibits this year will be hosted in one place—the conference exhibit hall.

Live performances will include the following: Christian singer/songwriter Christa Deana; original music by Matt and Amanda Souza; acoustic guitarist and singer Curtis Ramsey-Lucas; Performing Artists of Esperanza; music by Jeffrey Kimsey Carroll; Christian hip-hop artist Andy O; “The Table Live” podcast with the reverends Kimberly Payton Jones and Cassandra Henderson; and multidisciplinary performance (poetry, song, dance, storytelling and music) by Pat McLean-Smith.

Exhibits will include: Deana; the Souzas; Carroll; Jones and Henderson; ABHMS’ The Christian Citizen magazine; Lydia Barlow with her short film “Since I’ve Been Down: Self-Initiated Higher Learning while Incarcerated”; McLean-Smith with “Tomorrow’s Girls and Women,” a nonprofit community enrichment program that promotes empowerment and positive identity development in underserved at-risk girls aged 8-15; weavers from Myanmar (formerly known as Burma); Carol Shannon, with boldly colored and textured abstract paintings and black-and-white landscape photographs created despite the physical challenge of her rheumatoid arthritis; Jonah Ramsey-Lucas with pencil, pen and ink drawings, acrylic and water color paintings, and wood working; the Rev. Eddie Smith with “Game & Word,” in which youth Bible study meets Xbox; and Leslie Smith with “Design & Word,” in which youth Bible study is paired with fashion design.

The $299 registration fee for the 2½-day event at Loews Hotel in the heart of a top-10 largest U.S. city includes three evening receptions, two lunches and two breakfasts.

This exciting national event will offer access to world-class speakers and the opportunity to engage in compelling conversation with faith leaders, community service leaders and social justice advocates about tackling mission; developing leaders and disciples; and transforming churches and communities. Cutting-edge workshops will deliver culturally competent learnings applicable to your ministry arena. Time will be built in for reflection, refreshment and renewal. Pre-conference activities—available for a nominal fee—include opportunities to volunteer with Broad Street Ministry’s Hospitality Collaborative and explore challenges and opportunities in the Asian American Community of Philadelphia.

For more details, call 800.222.3872, x2452, or find out more online and register today!

American Baptist Home Mission Societies partners with American Baptists to promote Christian faith, cultivate Christ-centered leaders and disciples, and bring healing and transformation to communities across the United States and Puerto Rico.

American Baptist Churches USA is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with approximately 5,000 congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.