ROCK is now WAVE: Coming Jan. 7-9, 2022

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As the Baltimore-Washington and Peninsula Delaware conferences begin their affiliation in September, the youth of both conferences are already leading the way with the announcement of WAVE, a new retreat for youth, Jan. 7-9 at the Convention Center in Ocean City.

This retreat, which will replace the annual ROCK retreat, will feature speakers Heather Flies and Chris Singleton. There will be concerts by Tedashii and Apollo Ltd.; worship led by Urban Street Level & Latrice Crawford; a Christian ventriloquist, Ryan & Friends, will also perform.

 New this year for those attending from the BWC will be a Proclaim the Name contest. This "preaching" contest is open to all youth who are registered and attend. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges and will preach on Sunday morning right after the worship band at WAVE. 

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Videos from ROCK(ish) 2021


This year, ROCK, the annual retreat for BWC youth, goes virtual and features and a special feature with questions asked by the youth and answered by Bishop LaTrelle Easterling.



Everyone wrestles with dark times and thoughts. But identifying and addressing depression isn’t easy.  Xanthia Johnson, owner and CEO of Urban Playology, helps young people identify depression, find helpful resources, and discover how they can talk about mental health in ways that can make a difference.


K Scarry, Community Manager for the People’s Supper, helps youth define racism and how it shapes their world.  She explores how to create safe spaces and answers hard questions from the youth about how to do antiracist ministry.


What word or statement about social justice would you put on the virtual back of your athletic jersey?  In a workshop led by the Revs. Stacey Cole Wilson and Kyle Durbin, youth explored how they can use their faith and actions to advocate for human rights and other social issues as they seek to make a change in the world.


How do you keep your faith alive after leaving your home, friends and church?  Cristin Cooper, Ministry Coordinator of the TerpHUB at the University of Maryland, leads a conversation with a panel of college students about what comes next and how to make the most of life.


How do you keep your faith when life sucks?  The Revs. Twanda Prioleau and Nick Bufano offer insights into claiming praise and resilience in challenging times. 


Growing Resilience for you, your youth and your families - Rev. Steven Argue, of the Fuller Youth Institute, believes that young people, are wrestling with three essential questions in their lives that revolve around: identity or who am I; belonging, where do I fit in; and purpose, what difference can I make? He unpacks these questions and provides strategies of creativity, compassion and courage to assist youth leaders.  Additional information and resources on Steve’s work can be found at