Converge

Baptist leaders advocating for justice

SEPTEMBER 9-11, 2019

WhAT IS Converge?

Converge is an annual gathering of leaders from the Baptist movement across Australia to speak with Federal politicians about justice issues that concern us. 

Who Attends?

Delegates are senior leaders in the Australian Baptist movement. They include the Director of Ministries for Australian Baptist Ministries; leaders of our State Associations and church pastors they invite to join them; and executives from Baptist Care and Baptist World Aid.

Which Issues?

Since the inaugural Converge in 2016 we have advocated on Australia’s response to refugees & asylum seekers, the modern slavery act, the Australian aid program, and domestic & family violence. The themes for 2019 will be finalised after the Federal election (anticipated in May). 

Who Organises?

Converge is an activity of Australian Baptist Ministries through A Just Cause. The organising committee includes staff from A Just Cause, Baptist Care Australia, Baptist World Aid, and the Public Engagement Group of the Baptist Churches of NSW & ACT. 

 

PROGRAM
MONDAY SEPT 9
12.00 Lunch
1.00 Introductions, Focus & Logistics
1.30 Q & A on lobbying themes
2.00 Prep for First Timers
2.00 Prep for Those Who Have Previously Attended Converge
3.00 Afternoon Tea
3.30 Lobby Groups
6.00 Dinner at nearby restaurant
TUESDAY SEPT 10
?? Breakfast (nearby cafe or BYO breakfast to eat in  your apartment)
7.30 Prayer in Apartments
8.30 APH for lobbying. Side-meetings will be run at various times during the day
2.00 Question TIme
6.00 Report Launch in APH (TBC)
WEDNESDAY SEPT 11
?? Breakfast (nearby cafe or BYO breakfast to eat in  your apartment)
7.30 Prayer in Apartments
8.30 APH for lobbying. Side-meetings will be run at various times during the day
2.00 IDEAS LAB for 2020 National Advocacy Campaign
3.00 Debrief
ACCOMMODATION

Delegates are invited to stay at the Pinnacle Apartments, 11 Ovens St, Kingston. We have booked a number of 3 bedroom and 4 bedroom apartments.

Rooms will cost $135-140 per night. We will invoice your nominating organisation for the amount.

PINNACLE APARTMENTS WEBSITE

TRAVEL
Delegates are responsible to make their own arrangements to get to and from Canberra. We will arrange pick up by minibus from Canberra airport on Monday September 9 and will transport delegates to the airport on Wednesday September 11.

Substantial savings on airfares are available the earlier you book. We recommend booking your tickets as soon as possible.

Throughout Converge we will use minibuses to transport delegates to and from the Pinnacle Apartments

MEALS

Breakfasts: each apartment will be supplied with cereal, breads, condiments and milk. 

Lunches: A light lunch will be supplied on Monday September 9. On Tuesday and Wednesday delegates can purchase their lunch at Queens Terrace Cafe inside Parliament House.

Dinners: delegates are encouraged to share a meal (at their own cost) with other delegates at local cafes and restaurants.