Annual Gathering

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General Information 

LOCATION:     Zurich, Switzerland
   

VENUE:

 

Renaissance Zurich Tower Hotel
Turbinenstrasse 20,
8005 Zürich, Switzerland
TEL: +41-44-630-34-13

DATE:

July 1-6, 2018

 

View Schedule (Updated April 9, 2018)

BWA Annual Gathering - Information Packet


Registration

The Conference Fee includes:  

  1. Annual Gathering registration
  2. 5 Lunches (Monday – Friday)
  3. Two daily coffee breaks (Monday – Friday)
  4. Service Charge
  5. Roundtrip transportation to Corporate Worship at Grossmünster Church
  6. 8% Government Tax

 NB: Cost of Accommodation and Airport transfers are NOT INCLUDED in the conference fee

                                   Until MAY 15, 2018          from May 16-June 15, 2018               On-Site
Conference Fee:
              US$675.00                                 US$700.00                             US$725.00

(Online Registration is for Credit Card Payments ONLY 
For other methods of registration see below)

 

ONLINE REGISTRATION SYSTEM IS DOWN
We are working to repair the problem

 

WE HAVE EXTENDED THE DEADLINE FOR INCREASING THE FEE UNTIL MAY 15

 

PLEASE REGISTER by using one of these options:

1) Download the Registration Form, complete the form including payment information and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax it to +1-703-893-5160.

2) Download the Registration Form, submit payment via our GIVE PAGE, choosing "Annual Gathering" under Campaign or send your registration fee via a Bank Wire using the wire information on the registration form. Complete the form and email it along with payment receipt or proof to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3) Call the BWA office +1-703-790-8980 ext 17

 

We deeply appreciate your patience and apologize for this inconvenience

 

We encourage credit card holders to register online using the secure facility we provide.  Simply follow the instructions you will receive once you enter the registration module.  Credit Card transactions online and offline will be charged in US Dollars.

OTHER METHODS OF PAYMENT: (IF NOT REGISTERING ONLINE)
For those persons not registering onlineplease download the registration form and return the completed form to the BWA Office with your payment.

1 – Check – Please send your check payable to Baptist World Alliance in US Dollars Only.
2 – Credit Card – Please send your registration form with your credit card information. Your credit card will be charged in US Dollars
3 – Bank Wire Transfer – Please use the Bank Transfers information on the registration form. (Email or fax your Registration Form with a copy of the wire transfer transaction to the BWA office.)

Cancellation Policy:
Conference Fees, which will increase after April 30, 2018, will be refunded only when written/email request arrives in our office before May 15, 2018. An administration fee of US$75 will apply to all cancellations. We regret that cancellations made after May 15 will result in loss of the entire Conference Fee.


Tour Opportunities:

Tour to Anabaptist Cave:
On Sunday July 1st, there will be an opportunity to join a special tour to the Anabaptist Cave, just 1 hour outside Zurich, for a unique worship experience.
This is the cave where Anabaptist hid during times of persecution. Comfortable shoes are recommended since the cave is a 15min walk from the parking lot on a small hiking trail. This tour is planned and facilitated by individuals who are members of the Baptist Heritage & Identity Commission.

The tour has an additional fee of $35.00 and pre-registration is required by June 1, 2018.

Space is limited to 50 people so please register downloading the form or while you are registering online for the Annual Gathering. If you are already registered for the 3-day Pre Annual Gathering Tour, there is no need to register again because this tour portion of the tour is already included.

Zurich Walking tours:
During the Annual Gathering there will be two opportunities to join a two-hour Walking Tour of Zurich to explore major sites of the Reformation in German-speaking Switzerland. This tour is planned and facilitated by individuals who are members of the Baptist Heritage & Identity Commission.

The tours are being offered on Wednesday and Friday starting at 4:30 pm.
The tours have an additional fee of $25.00 and pre-registration is required by June 1, 2018.
Choose either day for your tour, pack your walking shoes, and prepare for a wonderful time of fellowship as we learn together.
Please check that your commission is not meeting that day.

Tour Description: A special two-hour Walking Tour of Zurich will explore major sites of the Reformation in German-speaking Switzerland. We will see the famous Chagall stained-glass windows at the Fraumunster church and visit the Cathedral (Grossmünster) erected between the 11th and 13th centuries. Ulrich Zwingli, influenced by Erasmus and Luther, started the Swiss Reformation here in 1523. We will visit the new Zwingli museum at the Grossmünster church, where Zwingli's bold preaching sparked a revolution, and the courthouse, where the reformers both debated the issues of believer's baptism and the town council announced its decisions.

Since Zurich is also the cradle of Swiss/South German Anabaptism, we will walk to Neustadtgasse, where the first adult baptism took place in the home of Felix Mantz, January 21, 1525, and to Neumark Strasse, to the home of Conrad Grebel, and to Niederdorfstrasse, the street on which Georg Blaurock was flogged and banished from the city. We will stand on the banks of the Limmat River where Mantz was drowned at the hands of the reforming church leaders and reflect upon the implications of a state-church union, which blended the sword and the cross and was so costly for the Anabaptists.

Space is limited so please register downloading the form or while you are registering online for the Annual Gathering.


Accommodations

1) VENUE HOTEL
Renaissance Zurich Tower Hotel
Turbinenstrasse 20
8005 Zürich, Switzerland
TEL: +41-44-630-3030

Room Type Single

Double

Deluxe Room CHF 195.00 CHF 220.00
  • Rates are quoted in Swiss Franc (CHF) per room per night and include buffet breakfast, Internet access in room, service and official taxes
  • Rates do not include CHF 2.50 City Tax, charged separately per person per night
  • Room rates are applicable for 3 days pre and post main group period
  • Reservations can be made until May 30, 2018 with a one night deposit OR guaranteed with a major credit card
  • Credit card will be charged one night room deposit upon making reservation
  • All reservations made after May 30, 2018 are subject to availability

Extra Days
The same rates will apply 3 days before and 3 days after the Annual Gathering, based on availability.

HOTEL Reservation Methods:

Make reservations by May 30, 2018 to ensure special rates above. Hotel will not guarantee the availability of rooms after the cut-off date.

  1. Online: 
    Visit the following hotel online booking link HERE to make your reservation using the following steps:
    1. On the first page enter Check In and Check out dates followed by clicking “check availability”  (note: you will not be able to change number of guests until next step)
    2. Click “Edit” to make changes on your room type or guest number followed by clicking “View Rates”
    3. Select Room and follow prompts to finish your reservation

  2. Call in reservations:  +41-44-630-3030  
    Individuals can contact the hotel directly for reservations. Please mention the Baptist World Alliance room block when making your reservation to receive the negotiated rate.

  3. Fax: +41-44-630-3333 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Please download and complete the reservation form and send to the hotel via fax or e-mail. The hotel information is on the top of the Reservation Form.

Please DO NOT send your hotel reservation to the BWA office.

Hotel Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations should be addressed to the hotel directly in writing/email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Changes to individual reservations are permitted up to 3 days prior to arrival
  • You may cancel your reservation for no charge up to 3 days (72 hours) prior to arrival
  • After this date you will be charged one night plus applicable taxes cancellation fee
  • No show reservations will be charged one night plus applicable taxes cancellation fee

 

2) Ibis Zurich City-West (3 blocks away from Renaissance Zurich Tower Hotel)
Schiffbaustrasse 11
8005 Zürich, Switzerland
TEL: +41-44-276-21-00
FAX: +41-44-276-21-01

Room Type Single

Double

Standard Room CHF 110.00 CHF 132.00
  • Rates are quoted in Swiss Franc (CHF) per room per night and include Buffet Breakfast, Internet access in room, service and official taxes
  • Rates do not include CHF 2.50 City Tax, charged separately per person per night
  • Room rates are applicable for 3 days pre and post main group period
  • Reservations can be made until May 30, 2018 with a one night deposit OR guaranteed with a major credit card
  • Credit card will be charged one night room deposit upon making reservation
  • All reservations made after May 30, 2018 are subject to availability

Extra Days
The same rates will apply 3 days before and 3 days after the Annual Gathering, based on availability.

HOTEL Reservation Methods:

Make reservations by May 30, 2018 to ensure special rates above. Hotel will not guarantee the availability of rooms after the cut-off date.

  1. Call in reservations: +41-44-276-2100
    Individuals can contact the hotel directly for reservations. Please mention the Baptist World Alliance room block when making your reservation to receive the negotiated rate.

  2. Fax or e-mail: Fax: +41-44-276-21-01 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Please download and complete the reservation form and send to the hotel via fax or e-mail. The hotel information is on the top of the Reservation Form.

Please DO NOT send your hotel reservation to the BWA office.

Hotel Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations should be addressed to the hotel directly in writing/email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Changes to individual reservations are permitted up to 3 days prior to arrival.
  • You may cancel your reservation for no charge up to 3 days (72 hours) prior to arrival.
  • After this date you will be charged one night plus applicable taxes cancellation fee. 
  • No show reservations will be charged one night plus applicable taxes cancellation fee.

 

3) Ibis Budget Zurich City-West (2 blocks away from Renaissance Zurich Tower Hotel)
Technoparkstr. 2
8005 Zürich, Switzerland
TEL: +41-44-276-2200
FAX: +41-44-276-2101

Room Type Single

Double/Twin

Room CHF 88.00 CHF 99.00
  • Rates are quoted in Swiss Franc (CHF) per room per night and include buffet breakfast, Internet access in room, service and official taxes
  • Rates do not include CHF 2.50 City Tax, charged separately per person per night
  • Room rates are applicable for 3 days pre and post main group period
  • Reservations can be made until May 30, 2018 with a one night deposit OR guaranteed with a major credit card
  • Credit card will be charged one night room deposit upon making reservation
  • All reservations made after May 30, 2018 are subject to availability

Extra Days
The same rates will apply 3 days before and 3 days after the Annual Gathering, based on availability.

HOTEL Reservation Methods:

Make reservations by May 30, 2018 to ensure special rates above. Hotel will not guarantee the availability of rooms after the cut-off date.

  1. Call in reservations: +41-44-276-2100
    Individuals can contact the hotel directly for reservations. Please mention the Baptist World Alliance room block when making your reservation to receive the negotiated rate.

  2. Fax: +41-44-276-2101 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Please download and complete the reservation form and send to the hotel via fax or e-mail. The hotel information is on the top of the Reservation Form.

Please DO NOT send your hotel reservation to the BWA office.

Hotel Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations should be addressed to the hotel directly in writing/email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Changes to individual reservations are permitted up to 3 days prior to arrival.
  • You may cancel your reservation for no charge up to 3 days (72 hours) prior to arrival.
  • After this date you will be charged one night plus applicable taxes cancellation fee. 
  • No show reservations will be charged one night plus applicable taxes cancellation fee.

Airport Transportation Service

Information available soon


Pre & Post Annual Gathering Tour:

Two Tours, each lasting three days, will allow participants to explore several Swiss Reformation and Anabaptist sites. Tours have been planned for before and after the Annual Gathering, are being planned, organized and facilitated by individuals who are members of the Baptist Heritage & Identity Commission.

The Pre-tour is offered on Saturday, June 30 to Monday, July 2 and the Post-tour is offered from Saturday July 7 to Monday July 9.
The tours have an additional fee and pre-registration is required by June 1, 2018. Space is limited.

Tour Descriptions:
Pre-AG Reformation Three-Day Tour:
Come join the three-day adventure as we explore several Swiss Reformation and Anabaptist sites. Leaving from Zurich each morning, we will visit Constance, the place where Wycliffe was declared a heretic and Jan Hus was executed. We will climb to the Anabaptist Cave, high above Zurich, where brothers and sisters gathered during persecution to worship. We will also visit old Zurich, Zwingli’s birthplace, and the earliest Anabaptist sites. We will also take in other scenic villages, and the breathtaking Rhine Falls. This trip is a marvelous journey! Cost: $200 for the three day-trips from Zurich. No overnight included.

Post-AG Reformation Three Day Tour:
Extend your Zurich stay for three more days to experience more wonderful Swiss Reformation and Anabaptist sites. We will trace the steps of Zwingli, his Cathedral at Einsiedeln, and Kappel, the battlefield site of his death. We will explore Lucerne, overnight in the beautiful city of Berne. We will travel to Basel, where Erasmus is buried, and Calvin’s Institutes was first written, and end our tour in Geneva, home of Calvin’s legacy, and the marvelous Reformation museum.
Cost: $300 for two day-trips from Zurich and an overnight in Berne. You may choose to fly home from Geneva.

For further information on the tours, including cost and itinerary, email Karen Bullock at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Visa Information:

Please check to see if you are required to have an entry visa. Visa information can be obtained from the following site: https://www.sem.admin.ch/dam/data/sem/rechtsgrundlagen/weisungen/visa/bfm/bfm-anh01-liste1-e.pdf  

BWA will issue an invitation letter only after you have completed the Annual Gathering registration process. Please supply the requested information on your registration form and allow 2 weeks to receive your Visa Letter. To ensure your participation, please apply for your visa in sufficient time before the event.

In special cases, members of the BWA General Council, Committees and Commissions may request a visa letter prior to completing the registration process.


Health Requirements:

Visit your doctor and check the vaccines and medicines list (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need.


Contact Us

 

Carolina Mangieri, CMP
Meeting Planning Manager

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
703-790-8980 ext 17