PPF Activist Council Meeting

September 26-28, 2019

You are invited to the Fall Activist Council gathering!

Whether you’ve been a part of PPF for a long time or are just curious to learn more, you are welcome here. We will gather to worship, practice community, and plan together for the action we’ll take for gun violence prevention, accompaniment of border and Colombian communities, Palestine solidarity, creation justice, and more! We’ll also plan together for General Assembly 2020.

Registration closes September 9, 2019. Register here!

Update: We’re thrilled that Matt Black will be leading music at this Activist Council gathering! Matt has been a part of the PPF family for many years, serving on staff and as a volunteer. Most recently, he wrote the “theme song” for the PCUSA Walk for a Fossil Free World led by PPF and Fossil Free PCUSA last summer. If you know don’t know Matt and his music, you’re in for a treat! If you do know Matt and his music, you know you don’t want to miss this gathering!

The 2018 Activist Council Gathering at the Church of All Nations


When: September 26-28
Where: Baltimore, MD — at The Center – 210 W. Madison St. Baltimore, MD 21201
Please note you cannot put “The Center” into your GPS — that will take you to the mailing address. The physical building is downtown. If you want to put something into your GPS, use “First and Franklin Presbyterian Church” where the Center is housed.

Accessibility: there are a few stairs to get into the Center. Please call if you have questions.

Who: All Activist Council members and anyone who is interested in learning more and organizing for Peace with justice in the Church and World

Lodging options for folks traveling from out of town:

  • At the Center – There is space for 40 people to stay at The Center in dorm-style sleeping arrangements. There are 2 large rooms of 20 bunk beds that are typically divided into a men’s room and a women’s room. We realize that gender is more complicated than this. There is a space in the registration form for you to indicate which room you prefer to be in, and if you have questions, suggestions, advice about this or anything else please reach out to us.
  • Make your own arrangements – We have a block of hotel rooms at the Holiday Inn Express in Townson (currently Towson Place Hotel and Suites). The hotel address is 1100 Cromwell Bridge Rd Towson, MD 21286, about a 15 minute drive from The Center (we will arrange for transportation for folks staying at the hotel to and from the Center). The rate is $99 per night plus tax. You must book the room before August 29th to receive this rate. To book a room with our rate online click here or call 410-823-4410 and mention you are in the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship block. If you are interested in rooming with someone, please let us know and we will try our best to connect you with someone else looking for a roommate.
  • Transportation to The Center: The Center is reachable by public transportation from BWI (Baltimore-Washington International Airport/Train Station). You can take the BWI Light Rail (Outbound) to either the Cultural Center or Centre St stop. From there, the Center is just a few blocks walking distance. You can find more information about the Light Rail schedule and stops here. You can also take a Lyft for approximately $35 or a Super Shuttle for approximately $25.
  • Parking at the Center: There is limited parking at the Center so we encourage you to carpool as much as possible. There is a parking lot behind the Center (address 821 N. Howard St. Baltimore, MD). The rate is approximately $9.00/day and you can book a spot here.

Cost (includes meals and meeting expenses):

  • Before July 15, 2019
    $85 – Commuters (including those staying at the hotel)
    $185 – Lodging at the Center
  • After July 16, 2019
    $100 – Commuter
    $200 – Lodging at the Center

Expense Assistance: We have tried to keep costs low so that this event is as economically accessible to as many people as possible, and we do have some funding available for those who need assistance with travel and/or the costs of the event itself. To indicate your need for expense assistance, please fill out this form and someone will be in touch with you by August 1.

Registration closes September 9, 2019. Register here!

Schedule Overview:
This schedule tries to balance several things: a need for flexibility to respond to the issues and passions of the people gathered, planning for our future together as PPF, spiritual nourishment and community building, and the need for rest even as we try to get the most out of the short time we have together.

Thursday, September 261:00 p.m. Pre-Gathering for anyone attending an Activist Council gathering for the first time
2:30 p.m. Registration and check-in
3:00 p.m. Opening Gathering and Worship
4:30 p.m. Working Groups
These groups are open to anyone who wants to participate, even if you’re new to the issue or haven’t been a part of this working group before. The working groups of PPF are where the real work happens–come find how you want to plug in! The Working Groups that will meet during this time are: Fossil Free PCUSA, Accompaniment, and Gun Violence Prevention.
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Working Group time
The Working Groups that will meet during this time are General Assembly and Peace Churches
8:30 p.m. Evening prayer
9:00 p.m. Gathering and Reception

Friday, September 27

Breakfast on own (at the Center for those staying there, continental breakfast at the hotel for those staying there)
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer and Singing
9:15 a.m. Theories of Change
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Nominations and Elections of Executive Committee members and other updates about the life of PPF
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Preparing for General Assembly
3:00 p.m. Working Group Time
All working groups + any other “open space” conversations that people want to start
5:00 p.m. Break
You are encouraged to do whatever you need to take care of yourself–read a book, take a nap, go for a walk, talk to other participants, create art (there will be an art station)
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Preparing for General Assembly
8:00 p.m. PPF’s 75th Birthday Party & Concert by Matt Black
This event is open to the public, so please invite your friends!

Saturday, September 28

Breakfast on own
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer and Singing
9:15 a.m. Next Steps (in Working Groups, including any groups that have formed during Open Space)
10:00 a.m. Next Steps (all together)
11:00 a.m. Antiracism evaluation and reflection
11:30 a.m. Closing Worship
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Departures