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For more than 20 years, CDF has worked closely with national religious leaders and organizations, state and regional bodies, and local congregations, leaders, and lay people. Religious people and organizations—with millions of members, deep roots in communities across the country, a history of caring for children, and moral authority—are indispensable to building a successful Leave No Child Behind® movement.
The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry provides spiritual renewal, continuing education, inter-generational movement-building workshops, and networking as Christians from across the denominational spectrum explore how their Christian faith calls them into ministries of child advocacy and guides, shapes, and sustains them in their work with and for children. Register online for this year's Proctor Institute.
Prime your congregation to make a difference for children all year long. Join with the thousands of faith communities that are planning for the National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths® weekend. The Children's Sabbaths brings together Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Bahá'í communities, as well as multi-faith coalitions that will lift up children in need and answer their own faith tradition’s call to pursue justice, mercy, and compassion.
Download this year’s Children’s Sabbaths resource manual, “Beating Swords Into Plowshares: Ending the Violence of Guns and Child Poverty”, which provides all you need for planning, educational, service of worship and advocacy in your House of Worship.
Together—with prayer, education, and action—we can help ensure every child a safe start through common sense gun safety laws, strengthened mental health resources, and a commitment to counter the culture of violence. For some, this will build on participation in prior events responding to the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy. For other places of worship, this may be an initial effort to connect faith to action on ending violence against children. Now is the time to lift up the leadership and direction we expect from all our elected officials to join with people of faith and citizens across our nation to work for the peace, safety, and well-being of our children.
The following Faith Community Resources will help you plan any number of activities that are appropriate for you and those you lead:
Thank you for joining with people of faith across America to stand up and speak out from our places of worship to demand that we protect children, not guns.