Special Events During the Annual Event

Note that all times are Central Standard Time (CST) unless otherwise indicated.

Local Mission Project

Wednesday, January 25 – Friday, January 25
during Marketplace Hours

In the Marketplace we will collect and package winter personal care bags for First Light. Annual Event participants are asked to bring any or all of the following items to donate:
NEW hats, gloves, and socks
Over-the-counter pain relievers (non-drowsy, alcohol-free, pseudoephedrine-free) and cough/cold medicine,
Individual tissue packs, small lotion, and lip balm

If you are unable to bring items to APCE in Birmingham, you are encouraged to use this First Light Amazon Smile link to order items and have them shipped directly to First Light.

Click here for more information about First Light.

Memorial Performance

Thursday, January 26
No charge but tickets are required.

Playwright Quinto Cocrell’s Memorial explores the lives of those individuals from Jefferson County (Birmingham area) who are memorialized at The National Memorial for Peace and Justice as victims of lynching from the 1890’s to the 1930’s. The Red Mountain Theater Company is a nonprofit theater that fosters artists, inspires youth, and engages audiences through quality theater and education programming.
Enjoy dinner on your own with friends and colleagues before returning to the BJCC for this performance.



Thursday, January 26
Friday, January 27
Saturday, January 28
7:00am – 8:00am
$5 per person per day

Instructors from Earth Keeper Yoga in Birmingham –Earthkeeper Yoga

Thursday and Friday
Gentle Yoga: This 45 minute class offers movement but with some long meditative stretches. Classes are appropriate for beginners as well as those who have been practicing for some time. Modifications are always offered.

Chair Yoga: Experience a supportive and thorough practice while you explore the benefits of yoga. We incorporate movements that stretch and strengthen your body, plus breathing techniques while using meditation to release stress and calm your mind. You may use the wall or chair for support in a few standing poses to build balance and strength.


Seminary Lunches

Friday, January 27
11:30am – 1:15pm

Join other students and alum from your seminary for lunch and hear the latest updates. Contact your seminary for more information and to sign up.
The following seminaries have already committed to lunches:

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Contact: Selina Aguirre
[email protected]

Columbia Theological Seminary
Julie Bailey
[email protected]

Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary

McCormick Theological Seminary
Contact: Anita Crittenden
[email protected]

Union Presbyterian Seminary
Contact: Nicole Smith
[email protected]

Additional lunches may be added.

Book Signings

Wednesday, January 25
7:30pm – 9:00pm

Mingle with friends and colleagues over a beverage and have your books signed by our conference speakers.

Diversity Task Force Luncheon

Friday, January 27
11:30am – 1:15pm
Fee: The cost for lunch is subsidized by the DTF, and there is a sliding fee scale. Please pay what you can.
$40 purchase lunch for yourself and sponsor another lunch
or $20 purchase lunch for yourself
or $10 reduced rate

Come, sit at table with us. Be challenged by the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Learn about how we have examined APCE’s sructure and practices and hear about plans for how the work will continue. Consider ways that APCE can becme more just and equitable and how you can join the effort to become all that God calls us to be.
Led by members of the APCE Diversity Task Force – women and men, persons of color and persons of white, of many ages, geographies, and denominations.

Regional Gatherings

Wednesday, January 25
6:00pm – 7:30pm

Reunite with old friends and colleagues and meet others who live and serve in your APCE region. We’ll enjoy an Alabama barbecue dinner and learn what is happening in your region.

Memorial Arch

The Faith & Grief Memorial Arch is a place of hope and comfort. The Arch offers you a place to remember your loved ones who have died by writing each of their names on a ribbon and tying those ribbons to the Arch as a symbol of remembrance. The Faith & Grief Memorial Arch Project was born as a direct response to the tragedy experienced in Dallas in 2016. Five first responders were killed following a vigil and march being held to remember others killed by police. We recognized the community needed a place to mourn and find comfort. We host the Faith & Grief Memorial Arch for the community each year in Dallas during the holidays at Klyde Warren Park through sponsorships.

After the tragic mass shooting in El Paso, we as an organization decided to offer a traveling version of the Arch that we provide to communities dealing with tragedies to create their own space to mourn, and that is what we have brought here to APCE, the Faith & Grief Traveling Memorial Arch. Faith & Grief acknowledges the social, mental, and spiritual challenges of bereaved individuals and families and the importance of remembering loved ones; we hope the Arch gives you a place to pause and remember.

Service of Remembrance

Friday, January 27
8:30am – 9:15am

Join us for a Service of Remembrance on Friday morning at 8:30am. Remember those we love who have died; join us for the blessing of the Arch and those names that have been added. You may add a name any time during the conference by writing their name on a ribbon and tying it to the Arch.