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Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry

Standing Our Ground: Justice and Equity for All God's Children

July 14-18, 2014
CDF Haley Farm
Clinton, Tennessee

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Join clergy, seminarians, Christian educators, young adult leaders and other faith-based advocates for children at CDF Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee, for five days of spiritual renewal, networking, movement building workshops, and continuing education about the urgent needs of children at the 20th annual Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry.

Get Fired Up by Great Preaching and Teaching

Bishop Minerva Carcano
Bishop of the Los Angeles Episcopal Area, California-Pacific Conference for the United Methodist Church
The Rev. Dr. James H. Cone
Charles Augustus Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary and author of The Cross and the Lynching Tree
Damien Durr
Preacher, High School Teacher and CDF Nashville Organizing Team
Marian Wright Edelman
Children’s Defense Fund
The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr.
Pastor Emeritus of The Riverside Church, NY

The Rev. Will Gipson
Proctor Co-Chaplain-in-Residence

James Lawson
Chief nonviolent strategist for the Nashville Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Don Lewis

The Rev. Dr. Eileen W. Lindner
Pastor of The Presbyterian Church at Tenafly in Tenafly, NJ
Dr. Otis Moss Jr.
Retired as the senior pastor of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland, OH
Dr. Otis Moss, III
Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago
Ched Myers
Author and activist theologian, Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries

The Rev. Dr. Frederick J. Streets
Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University, NY

The Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes
Dean of Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Nashville, TN

Romal Tune
Founder and Executive administrator of Faith for Change

Eli Wilson
Director of the Resurrection Choir and Minister of Music

Welcome Home

What better place to renew our spirits, refocus our vision, and strengthen the movement for children than CDF’s Haley Farm? Once home to the late Roots author Alex Haley, CDF Haley Farm is the spiritual home of the children’s movement. You will feel the spirit of this special place as soon as you enter the gates and take in the gentle green fields dotted with rustic buildings and graced by the Langston Hughes Library and the Riggio-Lynch Interfaith Chapel designed by Maya Lin. On the porch of the Lodge, pull up a rocking chair bearing the name of one of the many heroes of the Civil Rights Movement, and get to know other participants who share your passion for justice.

Whether it is your first visit or one of many, you will be greeted with the words, "Welcome Home," and we trust that you will find in this place a sense of home and family among kindred spirits who, like you, won’t quit until we end the violence of guns and child poverty and realize God’s vision of bringing joy and justice to the lives of all of our children.

New Inspiration!

From the first evening until the last morning, you will find new inspiration to renew, guide and sustain you as you work with children and seek justice for them. Find your commitment deepened through optional Meditations for the Journey discussion and reflection sessions led by the Rev. Dr. Frederick J. Streets, Proctor Chaplain-in-Residence, each morning followed by Morning Devotions featuring the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr. and the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, Proctor Co-Pastors-in-Residence.

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Worship each night is energized by prophetic and powerful preaching. The 2014 Proctor Institute Great Preachers Series will feature:

  • The Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes, Dean of Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Nashville, TN (Monday);
  • Bishop Minerva Carcaño, Bishop of the Los Angeles Episcopal Area, California-Pacific Conference for the United Methodist Church (Tuesday);
  • Ched Myers, author and activist theologian, Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries (Wednesday); and
  • The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., Pastor Emeritus of The Riverside Church, New York (Thursday).

Evening worship is free and open to the public as well as to registered Proctor participants. Lift your voice along with the Resurrection Choir under the direction of Dr. Eli Wilson with Don Lewis. All are welcome to join in

New Ideas!

Discover new insights, perspectives and crucial information that will equip you in your faithful work on behalf of children, guided by some of our nation’s greatest teachers and leaders.

Learn more about the crises facing children in our nation and what we can do to make a positive difference for children in the Children’s Concerns Breakout Sessions. New this year, instead of one Children’s Concerns plenary, each day from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. we are offering three Children’s Concerns Breakout Sessions from which participants can choose. Options include interactive sessions with the Great Preachers, policy seminars and action planning sessions with CDF staff and others, and organizing strategy sessions.

Hear a call to action and a closing charge from CDF President Marian Wright Edelman.

Gain new theological insights into our work with and for children in the Bible Study sessions led by the Rev. Dr. Eileen W. Lindner, Proctor Theologian-in-Residence, and the Rev. Dr. James H. Cone, Charles Augustus Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary and author of The Cross and the Lynching Tree.

A special pre-session for seminarians will be led by the Rev. Dr. Eileen W. Lindner, Proctor Theologian-in-Residence and the Rev. Will Gipson, Proctor Co-Chaplain-in-Residence on Monday, July 14. If you are seeking seminary course credits for participation in the Proctor Institute complete this Registration Form for Academic Credit or contact the Rev. Janet Wolf at

Tuesday Morning Children’s Concerns Breakouts

  • Breaking the Fine Rain of Death:  A Conversation with Dr. Emilie Townes
  • Campaign for Change:  Bringing the Non-Violent, Direct Action Organizing Strategies from Haley Farm to Your Town
  • Strong Start:  Policy Seminar and Action Planning to Secure Legislation for Birth-Five  Led by MaryLee Allen, CDF Director of Child Welfare and Mental Health; Patti Banghart, Project Director for Early Childhood Initiatives, CDF-New York; and Brigit Hurley, Policy Analyst, The Children’s Alliance (Rochester, NY)  

Wednesday Children’s Concerns Breakouts

  • Immigration—Ministry and Movement-Building from the Margins:  A Conversation with Bishop Minerva Carcano (invited)
  • Dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline and Ending Mass Incarceration Led by The Rev. Janet Wolf, CDF Director of Haley Farm and Non-violent Organizing and CDF Nashville Team members Eric Brown, Damien Durr, Ndume Olatushani, and Shakya Cherry-Donaldson.
  • Healthy Start:  Policy Seminar and Action Planning to Assure Children Health Coverage Led by MaryLee Allen, CDF Director of Child Welfare and Mental Health, and Lorena Sanchez, Health Program Coordinator for CDF-California.

Thursday Children’s Concerns Breakouts

  • Restorative Justice:  A Conversation with Ched Myers
  • Prophetic Preaching:  A Conversation with Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr.
  • Safe Start:  Policy Seminar and Action Planning to End Gun Violence Led by Patti Hassler, CDF Vice-President for Communications and Outreach and Peggy Flanagan, Executive Director of CDF-Minnesota

Welcome Home

Dynamic, interactive workshops will provide skills and models to help you serve and advocate for children and families in your congregation and community. Workshops will include:

Nonviolent Direct Action Organizing with James Lawson and Joe Worthy; Moving Beyond Benevolence into Organizing for Justice with Romal Tune; From Haley Farm to Local Organizing: Allentown's Campaign for Change with Greg Edwards  (includes session on CDF Freedom Schools and organizing); Faith Based Organizing with Rebecca Cole, United Methodist Church, Board of Church and Society (not yet confirmed); Building Community Partnerships with Kindra Montgomery; North Carolina's Moral Monday Movement with Rodney Sadler (not yet confirmed); Preaching Social Justice with the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr.; Bringing Our Moral Voices into the Public Square with Macky Alston; Street Poets Inc: Poetry as Healing Ritual with Chee Malabar Southern Word: Literacy and Leadership through Spoken Word with Benjamin Smith; and Youth Organizing Against Zero Tolerance with Jalaya Liles Dunn.

More information on workshops will be posted later in the spring so check back then.

Each day the Proctor Institute features a focused and strategic request for action on pending legislation or other policy concerns. The Proctor Institute Action Center, equipped with computers, and staff, will help you join with other participants to make an immediate difference on pending legislation or other urgent matters.

For more information about registering for the 2014 Proctor Institute or CDs and DVDs from previous Proctor Institutes, contact Ken Libby at (865) 457-6466 or You can also purchase CDs and DVDs of previous events from the CDF Web Store.

Location & Travel


  • Arrivals: The Proctor Institute begins on Monday, July 14, with registration starting at 9 a.m., pre-session for seminarians starts at 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., orientation for first-time participants from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., choir rehearsal at 5:15 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., and a welcoming address by CDF President Marian Wright Edelman and the opening of the Great Preachers Series at 7 p.m. 
  • When scheduling flights into McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tenn., allow at least one hour from your flight arrival to arrival at CDF Haley Farm (this allows for shuttle schedule and boarding time).
  • Departures: The Proctor Institute will conclude on Friday, July 18th with an 8 a.m. breakfast followed by a 9 a.m. Call to Action by Marian Wright Edelman and a COmmunion Service from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Allow at least two hours from your CDF Haley Farm departure until your flight’s departure time (this includes shuttle schedule and the recommended hour for check-in). Participants are strongly encouraged to schedule flights that will allow them to remain for the closing communion service. You won’t want to miss this special culmination of the week.

Airlines & Shuttles

  • You are encouraged to make your travel plans early as space may be limited. Book all flights to McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tenn. CDF provides round-trip airport shuttle service from McGhee Tyson Airport to CDF Haley Farm for a fee of $45, to be paid with your registration. Daily shuttle service from recommended hotels to CDF Haley Farm is free.


  • Each participant is responsible for reserving and paying for their own hotel accommodations. The following is a list of hotels in Clinton, Tennessee, to assist you with your planning. Please call the hotel directly and indicate that you are a Proctor Institute participant. (Special rates are available for reservations confirmed by July 1, 2014.) Daily round-trip shuttle service to/from CDF Haley Farm will be provided. Listed below are recommended hotels for Proctor Institute participants:
    • Super 8 (865) 457-2311
    • Comfort Inn (865) 457-2255
    • Holiday Inn Express (865) 691-8070
    • Country Inn & Suites (865) 457-4311  

Speaker Bios

James H. Cone is the Charles A. Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York.  He is the author of 12 books and over 150 articles and has lectured at more than 1,000 universities and community organizations throughout the United States and all over the world.  He is best known for his ground-breaking works, Black Theology & Black Power (1969) and A Black Theology of Liberation (1970), God of the Oppressed (1975) and for Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare? (1991). His latest work, The Cross and the Lynching Tree, was published in September 2011. He attended Shorter College and holds a bachelor's degree from Philander Smith College. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett Theological Seminary and later earned a master's degree  and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Dr. Cone has been conferred 13 honorary degrees, including a Doctor of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and the Institut Protestant de Théologie in Paris.

Damien Durr (Thursday Plenary Speaker) works with the Children’s Defense Fund’s Nashville Team, which focuses on combating zero tolerance school ­discipline policies and ­dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline™. Durr also mentors 70 to 80 predominantly Black young men in the Nashville Public School System every day and is ­developing a new ­curriculum that will focus on literacy, Hip Hop culture, political awareness, critical thinking, spirituality, imagination expansion and conflict. Durr served at the Mt. Haven Baptist Church until he came to Nashville in August of 2004 to attend American Baptist College. His undergraduate and graduate work has received recognition through programs and published works including Haynes Middle School Mentoring Program, the Bishop Michael Lee Graves Leadership Academy, and Abington Press. He is co-founder of Connect Media, and co-producer of numerous documentaries addressing the role of the church and the intellectual in the Black community. Durr is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. Durr received a Bachelor of Arts degree  from American Baptist College, and a Master of Divinity Vanderbilt University.

Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. Under her leadership, the Washington-based CDF has become the nation’s strongest voice for children and families. She began her career in the mid-60s when, as the first Black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar, she directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Miss. In 1968, she moved to Washington, D.C., as counsel for the Poor People’s March that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began organizing before his death. Books Mrs. Edelman has written include: The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours; Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors, I’m Your Child God: Prayers for Our Children, and The Sea Is So Wide and My Boat Is So Small: Charting a Course for the Next Generation. Edelman graduated from Spelman College and Yale Law School.

The Rev. Dr. James Alexander Forbes is founder and president of the Healing of the Nations Foundation. From 1992 to 2007, Forbes was co-chair of A Partnership of Faith, an interfaith organization of clergy among New York’s Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Muslim communities. He is on the board of Manhattanville College, the Interfaith Alliance, Children’s Defense Fund, Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University, and the United Way. He is a past president of The Martin Luther King Fellows. Forbes studied at Colgate-Rochester Divinity School, Howard University and the Medical College of Virginia.

The Rev. William C. Gipson, Proctor Co-Chaplain-in-Residence, is associate vice provost at the University of Pennsylvania and an adjunct assistant professor of religious studies, having served previously as ­university chaplain and special adviser to the ­president for 12 years. He is a member of the faculty at the W.E.B. Du Bois College. The Rev. Gipson ­earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and his Master’s of Divinity from the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rochester, N.Y

James Lawson Jr. was a leading theoretician and tactician of nonviolence, and key adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on ­nonviolent direct action strategies in the Civil Rights Movement. He continues to train activists in nonviolence. In 1951, the Rev. Lawson was sentenced to three years in prison for refusing the Korean War draft. Drawing on the example of Christ’s ­suffering, he taught growing numbers of Black and White students how to organize sit-ins and any other form of action that would force America to confront the immorality of segregation. The Rev. Lawson helped ­coordinate the Freedom Rides in 1961 and the Meredith March in 1966, and while working as a pastor at the Centenary Methodist Church in Memphis, he played a major role in the ­sanitation workers strike of 1968. On the eve of his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. called Lawson “the ­leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world.” He graduated from the Oberlin School of Theology and the Vanderbilt Divinity School.

The Rev. Dr. Eileen W. Lindner, Proctor Theologian-in-Residence, is the pastor of The Presbyterian Church at Tenafly in Tenafly, N.J. She previously served at the Presbytery of the Palisades (Northern New Jersey) and the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. Dr. Lindner is editor of the NCC’s annual Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. A graduate of Waynesburg College in Pennsylvania, Dr. Lindner holds master’s degrees from Aurora University (counseling psychology), McCormick Theological Seminary (theology), and a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary, New York. She has also done post-doctoral work at the University of Edinburgh and Harvard.

The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr., Morning Devotions Preacher and Proctor Co-Pastor-in-Residence, retired as the senior pastor of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to his post at Olivet, he served as co-pastor with Dr. Martin Luther King Sr., at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. For more than 30 years, Dr. Moss has been directly involved in the civil rights movement as a ­religious leader and community activist and espouses the ­nonviolent approach for affecting social and political change. He has a strong philosophical bond to Mahatma Gandhi, Howard Thurman and Martin Luther King, Jr. He graduated from Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Religion/ITC and the United Theological Seminary.

The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, Morning Devotions Preacher and Proctor Co-Pastor-in-Residence, is the pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Prior to his pastorate at Trinity, Rev. Moss served as pastor of the Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia, from 1997 until 2006. Dr. Moss graduated from Morehouse College and Yale University.

Ched Myers is an activist theologian who has worked in social change movements for almost 40 years. He is a popular educator who animates scripture and issues of faith-based peace and justice. He has authored over 100 articles and more than a half-dozen books, including Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark’s Story of Jesus; The Biblical Vision of Sabbath Economics; Ambassadors of Reconciliation: A N.T. Theology and Diverse Christian Practices of Restorative Justice and Peacemaking; and most recently, Our God is Undocumented: Biblical Faith and Immigrant Justice Ched has worked with a variety of social justice organizations, including the American Friends Service Committee and the Pacific Concerns Resource Center. He is a co-founder of several collaborative projects: the Word and World School; the Sabbath Economics Collaborative; the Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice; and recently the Watershed Discipleship Alliance. He has his degree in New Testament Studies. He and his partner Elaine Enns, a restorative justice practitioner, live in the Ventura River watershed in southern California and co-direct Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries.

The Rev. Dr. Frederick J. Streets, Proctor Co-Chaplain-in-Residence, is the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University, New York City. He previously served as chaplain of Yale University, senior pastor of the Church of Christ in Yale, and senior pastor of the Mount Aery Baptist Church, Bridgeport, Conn. A native of Chicago, Dr. Streets is an adjunct member of the faculty at the Yale Divinity School and former member of the clinical social work faculty at the Yale Child Study Center. He graduated from Yale University and the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University.

Dr. Emilie M. Townes, an American Baptist clergywoman, is the Dean and Carpenter Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, making her the first African American to serve as Dean of the Divinity School in 2013.  She is the former Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology at Yale University Divinity School and in the fall of 2005, she was the first African American woman elected to the presidential line of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and served as president in 2008.   She was the first African American and first woman to serve as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Yale Divinity School.  She is the former Carolyn Williams Beaird Professor of Christian Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Social Ethics at Saint Paul School of Theology. Editor of two essay collections, she has also authored Womanist Ethic;, Womanist Hope; In a Blaze of Glory: Womanist Spirituality as Social Witness; Breaking the Fine Rain of Death: African American Health Issues and a Womanist Ethic of Care, and her groundbreaking book, Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil.  She is co-editor with Stephanie Y. Mitchem of Faith, Health, and Healing in African American Life.   Her most recent co-editorship is Womanist Theological Ethics: A Reader, published in November 2011.  She continues her research on women and health in the African diaspora in Brazil and the United States. Townes was elected a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009.  She began a four-year term as president of the Society for the Study of Black Religion in 2012. Dr. Townes is a native of Durham, North Carolina, and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School and a Ph.D. in Religion in Society and Personality from Northwestern University.