Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry

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Join us July 17-21 for CDF's 2017 Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute "Hope for Our Children: From Weeping to Working for Justice for Our Children."

Join clergy, seminarians, Christian educators, young adult leaders and other faith-based advocates for children for spiritual renewal, networking, movement-building workshops, and continuing education about the urgent needs of children at the intersection of race and poverty. Gain new inspiration, information, and ideas from preachers and noted plenary speakers who are making a difference to end child poverty and dismantle the Cradle to Prison PipelineTM. Come for an experience of Beloved Community and join in the intergenerational, interracial and multi-ethnic conversation with people who share your passion for justice for our nation’s children.

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For early risers, there’s Meditations for the Journey with Dr. Frederick J. Streets before breakfast, then witness powerful preaching by the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. and the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III at Morning Devotions accompanied by the joyous, rousing music of the Resurrection Choir. The morning continues with a thought-provoking Bible/Theological Study led by Dr. Eileen W. Lindner and Dr. Yolanda Pierce, and Children and Justice Plenaries will get us thinking, talking and strategizing to make a positive difference for children. Tuesday’s plenary, “Where Are We? Poor Children in Rich America” will focus on ending child poverty with Dr. America Bracho, Sister Simone Campbell and others. Wednesday’s plenary, “Who Are We? Race, Class, and Power,” will focus on the intersections of race, class, and power with Brittany Packnett, Dr. Patrick Reyes, Dr. Mark Taylor and others. Thursday’s plenary, “What Have We Learned? Education and Our Children” will focus on challenges and opportunities for improving education, especially for children in poverty and children of color, in this new political context, with Dr. Wendy Puriefoy, Dr. Terrell Strayhorn and others. Each Children and Justice plenary will also feature the voices of young people. Choose from 24 interactive afternoon workshops to get equipped with new skills and strategies to build the movement for children. More than a dozen late afternoon choices include “Movement-building through the Arts” options (dance, music, visual arts, and spoken word) and more. Each evening concludes with the Great Preacher Series featuring Rev. Willie Francois IIRev. Cynthia Jarvis, Rev. Traci Blackmon, and Rev. Dr. Luke Powery. You won’t want to miss CDF president Marian Wright Edelman who will offer a welcoming Call at the beginning of the Institute. The week ends powerfully during the Friday Closing with Celebration, Communion, and Commitment with three concurrent organizing sessions, including one with Dr. Walter Fluker, author of The Ground Has Shifted, followed by a closing charge, celebration of our commitment, and a service of communion with Dr. Frederick Haynes preaching. The Friday closing will include a presentation by the children who participated in CDF's Proctor Freedom School and contributions by members of the late afternoon “Movement-Building through the Arts” sessions through music, dance, spoken word and visual arts. 

Learn more about the 2017 Great Preachers and Plenary Speakers.

About the 2017 Proctor Institute

Join 500 participants at the 2017 Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry to discover new insights, perspectives and crucial information that will equip you in your faithful work to end child poverty, dismantle the Cradle to Prison Pipeline™ and improve the lives of children.

Come for New Strategies, Skills, and Effective Models

Increase your advocacy and organizing skills, discover effective model programs that meet the needs of children, and deepen your understanding of how congregations may transform our communities to better nurture and protect all children in dynamic, interactive workshops. Participants may select three workshops (from more than 24 choices) to attend from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. each day and then choose from a variety of late afternoon options From 4:15 - 6:00 p.m. Participants will also take action to advocate for children each day in the Action Center with computers and staff there to help make an immediate difference on pending legislation and other urgent matters.

Come with Your Family!

A special Proctor CDF Freedom Schools® Program for children ages five to 15 meets each full day of Proctor to engage children in activities, reading enrichment, and fun while parents and other caregivers are in plenary sessions and workshops. The Freedom School children will be participating in the leadership of the Friday morning closing worship and celebration of commitment.

Come for Seminary Credit

A Monday pre-session (9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) and special sessions during the week are offered for seminarians of all ages, guided by CDF's Proctor faculty in residence. Seminarian students who are interested in registering for the credit-bearing graduate course should sign up through their seminaries and register at the discounted price of $200. There is an opportunity for scholarships on a first come first served basis. For more information on scholarships and course credit please contact Janet Wolf at jwolf@childrensdefense.org.

Come for an Experience of Beloved Community

Join in an intergenerational, interracial and multi-ethnic ecumenical community of people who share a passion in working for justice for our nation’s children. Together we will sing and talk and share meals and exchange ideas and strengthen ourselves and each other to carry on in our work. Your heart, mind, body and soul will be renewed and recharged for action, all in the serene setting of CDF Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee, once home to Roots author Alex Haley and now the spiritual home of the children’s movement. You might be able to get a little of this at a typical conference, a little of that at church, a bit of this at a revival, and bit of that at a training. But the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry is the one place that has it all, a unique experience that will leave you informed, inspired, equipped, connected, and ready to put your faith even more effectively into action to seek justice for our nation’s children and to build the next generation of leaders for the children’s movement. We hope you join us in 2017.

2017 Great Preachers and Plenary Speakers

   
Rev. Traci Blackmon
Wednesday Great Preacher
  Dr. America Bracho
Children and Justice
Plenary Speaker
  Sister Simone Campbell
Children and Justice
Plenary Speaker
         
   
Jalaya Liles Dunn
Children and Justice
Plenary Speaker
  Marian Wright Edelman
CDF President
  Rev. Willie Francois, III
Monday Great Preacher
         
   
Dr. Frederick D. Haynes
Closing Preacher
  Rev. Cynthia Jarvis
Tuesday Great Preacher
  Dr. Eileen W. Lindner
Bible Study
Leader
         
   
Dr. Otis Moss, III
Morning Devotions
Preacher
  Dr. Otis Moss Jr.
Morning Devotions
Preacher
  Brittany Packnett
Children and Justice
Plenary Speaker
         
   
Rev. Dr. Yolanda Pierce
Bible Study Leader
  Rev. Dr. Luke Powery
Great Preacher
  Wendy Puriefoy
Children and Justice
Plenary Speaker
         
   
Dr. Patrick Reyes
Children and Justice
Plenary Speaker
  Dr. Terrell Stayhorn
Children and Justice
Plenary Speaker
  Dr. Mark Taylor
Children and Justice
Plenary Speaker
         
Leadership: Proctor Institute

Rev. Shannon Daley-Harris

Proctor Institute Director

 

Rev. Dr. Janet Wolf

Director of CDF Haley Farm and
Nonviolent Direct Action Organizing

     
 

Dr. Otis Moss, III.

Proctor Co-Pastor-in-Residence

 

Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.

Proctor Co-Pastor-in-Residence

     

Dr. Eli Wilson

Proctor Institute Director of Music

 

Mr. Don Lewis

Proctor Institute Organist

Rev. Will Gipson

Proctor Co-Chaplain-in-Residence

 

Dr. Frederick J. Streets

Proctor Co-Chaplain-in-Residence

 

Dr. Eileen W. Lindner

Proctor Theologian-in-Residence

         
 

Damien Durr

CDF Nonviolent Direct Action Organizing Team

 

Ndume Olatushani

CDF Nonviolent Direct Action Organizing Team

   
2017 Schedule at a Glance
     Monday    Tuesday    Wednesday    Thursday    Friday
                     
Meditations for the Journey
7:00-8:00 a.m.
      Dr. Frederick J. Streets   Dr. Frederick J. Streets    Dr. Frederick J. Streets     
                     
Devotions
8:45-9:45 a.m.
  Seminarian Pre-Session 
9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. 
  Dr. Otis Moss, III    Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. &
Dr. Otis Moss, III
  Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.   Organizing Sessions
8:45 -9:45 a.m.

1. Ground Has Shifted
2. Children's Sabbaths
3. Intergenerational Conversation

                     
Bible/Theological Study
10:15-11:00 a.m.
      Rev. Dr. Eileen W. Lindner   Rev. Dr. Yolanda Pierce   Rev. Dr. Yolanda Pierce   Rev. Dr. Frederick Haynes
Closing Charge & Celebration of Worship & Commitment

10:00 -11:30 a.m.
                     
Reflect & Respond
11:00-11:30 a.m.
                   
                     
Children's Concerns
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
      Where Are We?
Poor Children in Rich America

Dr. America Bracho &
Sister Simone Campbell
  Who Are We?
Race, Class and Power

Brittany Packnett, Dr. Patrick Reyes & Dr. Mark Taylor
  What Have We Learned?
Education and Our Children

Wendy Puriefoy &
Dr. Terrell Strayhorn
  Seminarian Post Session
11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.
                     
Action
12:15-12:30 p.m.
      Advocacy Action   Advocacy Action   Advocacy Action    
                     
Lunch
12:30-2:00 p.m.
                   
                     
Workshops/Organizing Training
2:00-4:00 p.m.
  First-Timers Orientation   Click to View   Click to View    Click to View     
                     
Late Afternoon Options
4:15-6:00 p.m.
  CDF Haley Farm Tour, Screening   Click to View   Click to View   Click to View    
                     
Dinner
6:00-7:30 p.m.
                   
                     
Great Preachers
7:30-8:30 p.m.
  Welcome
Marian Wright Edelman
& Rev. Willie Francois III
  Rev. Cynthia Jarvis   Rev. Traci Blackmon   Rev. Dr. Luke Powery    
                     
Optional Late Night Session
After Worship -10:00 p.m.
      "Open Mic" & Intergenerational Conversation   "Open Mic" & Intergenerational Conversation    "Open Mic" & Intergenerational Conversation     
2017 Workshop Descriptions

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Special Opportunities for Seminarians

Seminarians who participate in CDF's Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry for course credit will attend the Seminarian Pre-Session on Monday July 17th from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and will meet with our 2017 Proctor Professors-in-Residence each afternoon from 4:15 p.m. to 6:00p.m. to discuss and reflect on the day's sessions and for further engagement. Seminary students who are interested in registering for the credit-bearing graduate course should sign up through their seminaries and register at the discounted price of $200.00 here.  

There is an opportunity for scholarships on a first come first serve basis. For more information on scholarships and course credit please contact Janet Wolf at jwolf@childrensdefense.org

Sign up and register for the 23rd Annual Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute and Child Advocacy Ministry.

Teaching Faculty

Dr. Leah Gunning Francis

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Christian Theological Seminary, author: Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community.

 

Rev. Dr. Patrick Reyes

Director of Strategic Partnership for Doctoral Initiatives, Forum for Theological Exploration, author of Nobody Cries When We Die: God, Community and Surviving to Adulthood.
     

Rev. Dr. Janet Wolf

Children's Defense Fund
(615) 260-2894

   
     

Faculty Co-Facilitators

Rev. Dr. Gregory Ellison

Candler School of Theology, professor and author, Cut Dead but Still Alive: Caring for African American Youth;

 

Rev. Dr. Derek Hicks

Wake Forest University School of Divinity, professor and author, Reclaiming Spirit in the Black Faith Tradition;

     

Ched Myers

Activist Theolgian, popular educator, author of many books, including Sabbath Economics and Binding the Strong Man; partner in Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries, 5th generatiion Californian.
 

Rev. Dr. Christophe Ringer

Chicago Theological Seminary, professor and former pastor, author of Necropolitics: The Religious Situation of U.S. Mass Incarceration.
     

Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler

Associate Professor of Bible, Union Presbyterian Seminary at Charlotte; associate pastor, Mount Carmel Baptist Church.
 

Dr. Charlene Sinclair

Union Theological Seminary, and founding director of the Ceneter for Race, Religion and Economic Democracy.
Special Opportunities for Children

About the Proctor Institute CDF Freedom Schools® Program

Children ages five through 15 who have pre-registered will participate in the abbreviated CDF Freedom Schools program during the three full days of the 23rd Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry. Please contact spegues@childrensdefense.org or complete this form if you need to register your child/children.

Pre-Registration

Children must have pre-registered by July 1st to participate in the Proctor Institute CDF Freedom Schools. There will be no on-site registration for children who participate in the Freedom Schools program. Staff numbers are determined based on pre-registration and we will not have the capacity to serve additional children safely. Please contact spegues@childrensdefense.org or complete this form if you need to register your child/children.

Days and Hours

The Proctor CDF Freedom Schools program is held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and begins at 8:45 a.m. and concludes at 4:00 p.m. (this schedule is designed to enable parents or other caregivers to participate fully in the morning plenaries and in the afternoon workshops). Children are invited and encouraged to accompany their parents or caregivers to evening worship. The Freedom Schools children will be developing a presentation that will be part of the Friday morning closing worship, charge, and celebration of our communion that concludes at 11:30 a.m.

Staying Cool

The CDF Freedom Schools program will include outdoor activities and play. Please be sure your child has the proper sunscreen, hat and clothing for the weather. Children may have the opportunity to play in the sprinkler or enjoy other water fun, so please send them with a bathing suit and towel or an extra set of clothes each day.

Leadership

The Proctor Institute CDF Freedom Schools site is led by Servant Leaders who are Ella Baker Trainers (EBTs). EBTs are an extension to the national staff and aid in the successful implementation of the CDF Freedom Schools program. EBTs help to facilitate training, especially on the Integrated Reading Curriculum, to Executive and Project Directors, Site Coordinators and college-aged Servant Leader Interns. Your children will be in caring and capable hands for these rich and fun-filled days.

Logistics: Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy

Arrivals 

CDF's Proctor Institute begins on Monday, July 17, with a pre-session for seminarians from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration opens at noon and lunch will be available for early arrivals. Orientation for first-time participants begins at 2:00 p.m., a guided walking tour of CDF Haley Farm is offered at 4:00 p.m., choir rehearsal for any interested singers begins at 5:15 p.m., and dinner is at 6:00 p.m. The formal start of CDF's Proctor Institute is at 7:00 p.m. with a welcoming address by CDF President Marian Wright Edelman followed by the opening of the Great Preachers Series.

Departures

CDF's Proctor Institute will conclude on Friday, July 21st at 11:30 a.m. (seminarians have a post-session that will conclude at 1:30 p.m. on Friday). 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). We encourage you to schedule a flight that will allow you to remain through the closing. You won’t want to miss this special culmination of the week. Please contact Ken Libby at KLibby@childrensdefense.org or use this form to provide your travel and accommodations information when your plans are finalized.

Transportation 

If you will be flying, you should book your flight to McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tennessee. CDF provides round-trip airport shuttle service from McGhee Tyson Airport to CDF Haley Farm for a fee of $60. If you will be driving to CDF's Proctor Institute, you can find driving directions at www.haleyfarm.org. There is ample free parking at CDF Haley Farm.

Housing

You will need to make your own arrangements for lodging during the week. 
The recommended hotels in Clinton, Tenn. are listed below. Please call the hotel directly and indicate that you are a Proctor Institute participant. Special rates are available for reservations confirmed by July 1, 2017. A free CDF shuttle will transport participants between these hotels and CDF Haley Farm. Some participants enjoy the short walk between these hotels and CDF Haley Farm.

  • Country Inn & Suites (865) 457-4311
  • Quality Inn (865) 457-2255
  • Hampton Inn (865) 691-8070
  • Holiday Inn Express (865) 457-2233
  • Super 8 (865) 457-2311

CDF Freedom Schools Pre-Registration

Children must have pre-registered by July 1st to participate in the Proctor Institute CDF Freedom Schools program. There is no on-site registration for children who participate in the Freedom Schools program, staff numbers are determined based on pre-registration and we will not have the capacity to serve additional children safely. If you need to register your child or additional children please do so today by emailing spegues@childrensdefense.org or complete this CDF Freedom Schools Registration form.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations submitted in writing, postmarked or faxed on or before June 27 will be refunded, less a $50 processing fee. Cancellations postmarked June 28–July 8 will be refunded $75. No refund of registration fee is possible for cancellations postmarked or faxed after July 8, 2017. Registrations may, however, be transferred to another name but not to another year.

Proctor Participant Testimonials

“There is only one place to meet other child advocates, learn spiritual and advocacy skills to help child advocates stand firm and effective on hallowed ground—the Children’s Defense Fund’s Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry.” 

Christine Kloker Young, participant since 2002

“Proctor is a loud voice in the wilderness that reminds me that grace abounds. It will inspire you and renew your hope and reassure your spirit of the fact that the world is in the capable hands of our young people.” 

First-time participant

“If you want the opportunity and the chance to meet, hear, and see history in the making, come to this Institute. It opens your mind, heart, and soul to issues you didn’t think were important or relevant and drives you do to more and better.” 

Joi Adams, first-time participant

“If you care about the plight of children and the future of this country you must come and learn to be an advocate for the rights of all God’s children!”

The Rev. Dr. Robert E. Walker, Jr.

“Haley is a place to rest and renew your spirit, challenge your faith, establish friendships with kindred spirits, hear great preaching, and then be ready and willing to go home and speak out and stand up for children!” 

Steve Wiard, nine-year participant