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July 15-19, 2013
CDF Haley Farm
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 19th annual Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry.
[God] shall judge between many peoples, and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more; but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken. (Micah 4:1-5)
Please join me for the 19th annual Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry, “Beating Swords into Plowshares: Ending the Violence of Guns and Child Poverty.” Your faithful preaching, teaching, service, and hard, urgent, and persistent work for justice are needed now more than ever to create a world in which children are safe from the pervasive violence of guns and poverty. It is way past time for people of faith enjoined to protect the poor and children, who are the poorest group in America, to empower ourselves and others to build a powerful nonviolent direct action movement demanding physical and economic security for all our children and people. Our time together at the Proctor Institute will inspire, inform, equip, connect, and re-energize us to end the unconscionable violence of guns and child poverty.
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.
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., Proctor Co-Pastor-in-Residence.
Worship each night is energized by prophetic and powerful preaching. The 2013 Proctor Institute Great Preachers Series will feature:
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.
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. 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.
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 plenary sessions:
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 15. If you are seeking seminary course credits for participation in the Proctor Institute complete this Registration Form for Academic Credit.
Dynamic, interactive workshops will provide skills and models to help you serve and advocate for children and families in your congregation and community. More information on workshops will be posted later in the spring so check back then.
Special Training in Non-Violent Organizing Strategies: This year, participants have the option of registering for a special afternoon workshop option: a three-afternoon extended workshop with the Rev. Jim Lawson. Don’t miss out!
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, phones, and staff, will help you join with other participants to make an immediate difference on pending legislation or other urgent matters.
CDF Freedom Schools® Program for Children
Make your time at the Proctor Institute a family experience. The CDF Freedom Schools Program is offered for children of Proctor participants. This literacy-rich educational and recreational enrichment program for children ages 5–15 will be held from 8:50 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. To guarantee a slot in the CDF Freedom Schools Program, children must be registered by June 15. When children are not in the Freedom Schools program, they join their parents for meals under the Dining Tent, evening worship in the Riggio Lynch Interfaith Chapel, and informal play on the sweeping grounds of CDF Haley Farm.
Come and discover what new thing God will do in your life and work as you seek to bring more joy and justice to the lives of children!
For more information about registering for the 2013 Proctor Institute or ordering audio and video tapes from previous Proctor Institutes, contact Ken Libby at (865) 457-6466 or CDFHaley@childrensdefense.org. You can also purchase CDs and DVDs of previous events from the CDF Web Store.