Faith-Based Action

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.

With our collective voice, followed by concrete action, we do not just make small changes. We change the community. We change the nation. We change the lives and improve the odds for all children.

Join us at CDF Haley Farm for the 23rd annual Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry from July 17-21, 2017 as we renew our spirits, refocus our vision, and strengthen the movement for all children in America. Registration opens soon.  

Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute

Join us July 17-21, 2017 for the 23rd Annual Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry, "Hope for Our Future: From Weeping to Working for Justice for Our Children."

The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry provides spiritual renewal, continuing education, intergenerational movent-building workshops, and networking as Christians from across the denominational spectrum explore how their faith calls them into ministries of child advocacy and guides, shapes, and sustains them in their work with and for children. Learn more.

Registration for the 23rd Annual Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry will open soon.

National Observance of Children's Sabbaths

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 October 21-23. The Children's Sabbath brings together Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Bahá'í, and other communities, as well as multi-faith coalitions that lift up children in need and answer their own faith tradition’s call to pursue justice, mercy, and compassion for our most vulnerable. Sign up now to get your copy of the 2016 National Observance of Children's Sabbaths Celebration, “Children of Promise: Closing Opportunity Gaps," which provides all you need — planning, educational, service of worship and advocacy resources — in your place of worship.

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Protect Children, Not Guns

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.

Learn more about CDF's mission to Protect Children Not Guns.