Nonviolent Direct Action Organizing Track
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY: Becoming Beloved Community: Nonviolent Direct Action Organizing, Part 1 & 2
This two-part workshop will focus on nonviolent direct action organizing, including the importance of relationship and community building as central to movement building. We are faced with extreme abuse of police power, growing income inequality, declining quality of public education of wealth and political power. These workshops will explore nonviolent direct action organizing work that affirms the dignity, worth and enormous unrealized potential of all, with an emphasis on those who are impoverished and most marginalized. These interactive sessions will draw on the experience of 50 years of movement building that involves neighborhoods, organized labor, churches and other faith-based institutions, truth and reconciliation initiatives and work with gang members.
The Rev. Nelson N. Johnson, Executive Director of the Beloved Community Center of Greensboro, has been active in the movement for social and economic justice since high school. He served as president of the National Student Organization for Black Unity in the 70’s. As a student leader, he worked closely with the NAACP on voter registration, redevelopment, housing, education, open public accommodations and worker justice. He served as Chairperson of the Chicago-based Interfaith Worker Justice and Chairperson of the Gulf Coast Commission on Reconstruction Equity, established in response to the devastation from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He continues to work for social and economic justice in Greensboro as Pastor of Faith Community Church and Co-Director of the Beloved Community Center of Greensboro. The Rev. Johnson was among the first 17 people arrested in the NC Moral Monday Movement in 2013. Guided by his multiple emphases of faith, diversity, justice and democracy, he is actively providing leadership among faith groups, organized labor, and community organizations in Greensboro and the south.
Joyce Hobson Johnson, Director of the Jubilee Institute of the Beloved Community Center of Greensboro, has been an activist since high school in Richmond, VA during the 1960s struggle for civil rights and open accommodations. She deepened her involvement in college while supporting campus non-academic employees and the movement for relevant education. A former university business professor and transportation research director, Johnson and others established the pace-setting Greensboro Truth and Community Reconciliation Project in 2001. This initiative was designed to encourage truth, understanding, and healing related to the tragic murder of five labor and racial justice organizers by Ku Klux Klan and American Nazi Party members on November 3, 1979. In addition, Johnson is a member of the Executive Committee of the NC NAACP, the lead entity of the Moral Monday Movement and a co-chair of the National Council of Elders.
THURSDAY: The Nonviolent Movement of America: Informing Today’s Struggle
We will explore the nonviolent direct action organizing movements of 1953-1973 and how those movements have informed the work of Cleveland’s New Abolitionist Association, especially NAA’s work for systemic change after the police killings of Tanisha Anderson and Tamir Rice.
Joe Worthy is the National Coordinator of Youth Leadership Development and Organizing with CDF-Ohio. Prior to his work with CDF he was with The Education Resources Institute and organized Boston’s Cradle to Prison Summit for 150 City Year Corps members. Worthy is a graduate of Heidelberg University and studied at Harvard Kennedy School as a Community Fellow.
Maudisa Meroe provides leadership for the National Abolitionist Association team of elders and serves as a mentor for National Abolitionist Association’s young women.
Whitney Tyree is a recent graduate from Shaker High School and will soon be a student at Ursuline College. She is the editor of National Abolitionist Association’s newsletter, “The Liberator.”
Speaking Truth in Love Track
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY: Fearless Dialogues, Part 1 & 2
Fearless Dialogues is a grassroots initiative committed to creating spaces for unlikely partners to engage in hard, heartfelt conversations that see gifts in others, hear value in stories, and work for change and positive transformation in self and other. The Fearless Dialogues team creates spaces for transformation like none other in which radical hospitality lessens anxiety, reduces power differences, and levels the playing field for hard conversations to occur. Artistic mediums, like visual art, spoken word poetry, and live music, reframe sterile and hostile environments into spaces for lively and engaging interaction with exercises that heighten sensitivity to stereotypes and power differentials, facilitate authentic and vulnerable truth-sharing, and foster connections that inspire prophetic service.
The Rev. Dr. Gregory C. Ellison, II, is the Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Dr. Ellison has written several articles and speaks extensively on issues related to adolescence, hope, marginalization, and muteness and invisibility in African American young men. Ellison is the author of Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men and the co-founder of Fearless Dialogues, a grassroots community empowerment initiative to improve the lives of African American young men. He is an ordained Baptist minister who has served in Methodist and Presbyterian churches.
THURSDAY: Listening into Life: Engaging Young People through Storytelling and Art
We will explore powerful stories from young people who have used their hands and hearts to tell and create a pathway towards a brighter tomorrow.
Damien Durr, Children’s Defense Fund Nashville Organizing Team
Aijalon Morris is a rising senior at Pearl-Cohn Magnet High School. He is a thinker, dreamer and music artist. AJ wants to use music as a vehicle to share knowledge and insight in an effort to change his circumstances and his community.
Michael Mucker is a Tennessee based multimedia artist. His artistic style was heavily influenced by his experiences during the Golden Age of Hip Hop, when graffiti became his creative outlet. He currently teaches at Plaza Artist Materials, and is a tattoo artist at One Drop Ink Tattoo Studio and Gallery. Mucker has participated in several projects with local talent all over the Nashville area since 1995. He has exhibited his work in galleries, museums and cultural centers throughout Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana. Self-taught, Mr. Mucker has always created artwork that emphasizes creative freedom.
Ndume Olatushani is an artist, organizer, and passionate advocate for justice. He is a consultant with the Children’s Defense Fund’s Nashville Team, working to help challenge the mass incarceration of people of color and zero tolerance school discipline policies that criminalize children. Olatushani was wrongly convicted of murder and served almost 28 years in prison, 20 on death row. He was released on June 1, 2012.
Jermaine Simmons is a rising junior at Pearl-Cohn Magnet High School. He is an athlete, wide receiver, scholar and avid chess player. He shares his power and promise through his story of tragedy and triumph.
E’Darrius Smith is a rising senior at Pearl-Cohn Magnet High School. He is an artist and philosopher who seeks to use art as a way to explore and express his imagination and the complexities of life from inside the veil.
Movement Building Track
TUESDAY: Moral Mondays, Part 1: A Theological Imperative for Social Change
Moral Mondays have taken the nation by storm and have spread from North Carolina to states across America. The methodology of this movement is being touted as the most promising means of redress to the regressive ideology of the Tea Party and ALEC. In this session we will explore the origins of the Moral Monday Movement in North Carolina examining the issues behind it, the theological basis for it, and the way that this movement came to be. In this session we will also consider developing a theological hermeneutic that will sustain efforts bring together local clergy and religious leaders to transform the public square.
The Rev. Dr. Rodney S. Sadler, Jr., is Associate Professor of Bible at Union Presbyterian Seminary. He is the Religious Affairs Chair of the Charlotte NAACP and a Board Member for the Progressive Democrats of America. Dr. Sadler is the developer of religious resources for the Moral Monday Movement.
WEDNESDAY: Moral Mondays, Part 2: The Nuts and Bolts of Organizing for Social Change
Moral Mondays are the result of the effective use of big tent political and religious organizing across issues uniting what many will imagine to be “strange bedfellows.” In this session we will consider how to go about strategizing for movement building. We will discuss tactics for organizing religious and community leaders and forging coalitions of organizations of diverse issues. We will also discuss discerning which issues in your community can serve as the basis for your organizing and how to get traditional pastoral leaders to recognize their transformative potential as community leaders.
The Rev. Dr. Rodney S. Sadler, Jr.
THURSDAY: Singing a New Song: Building Hope Through Chords of Resistance
Members of Allentown’s grassroots movement “Campaign For Change” (C4C) will facilitate a robust discussion and Courageous Conversation with participants about the journey and experience interrupting a city’s School to Prison Pipeline.
Participants attending this interactive session will:
• Gain understanding of the language and nomenclature related to Critical Race Theory;
• Increase awareness of the will, skill and courage required to interrupt educational oppression;
• Discuss the process and protocols for engaging in Courageous Conversations;
• Learn non-violent tactics which facilitate interruption, foster dialogue and manifest change.
Phyllis Alexander believes change is possible and embodies a powerful combination of hope, creativity, experience, and wisdom. Phyllis is the Board President of the National Coalition Building Institute, an organization that for over 30 years has been dedicated to the elimination of all forms of oppression including racism, sexism, anti-Semitism and homophobia. She is a founding member and Vice President of the Resurrected Community Development Corporation. A graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, her Masters in Community and Economic Development informs her community engagement and leadership work. As a mother of two young women, a sister, a daughter (mom is 90!) and loyal friend, Phyllis knows it is all about relationship and stays connected and centered while working on behalf of the marginalized and dehumanized.
Jude-Laure Denis is the Executive Director of POWER Northeast (Pennsylvanians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild), an interfaith, interdenominational movement grounded in the prophetic act of reclamation, and intentionally organized to interrupt oppressive and inequitable systems that have historically negatively impacted black and brown communities in the Lehigh Valley. The bold, courageous, prophetic clergy, congregations and communities bear witness to, and actively participate in, the reclamation of marginalized and disenfranchised people through grassroots organizing that accesses their own inherent power and delivers opportunities to become agents of their own liberation.
The Reverend Gregory J. Edwards, M.Div., is Founder and Senior Pastor of the Resurrected Life Community Church and CEO of the Resurrected Community Development Corporation in Allentown, Penn. He established the Resurrected Life Children’s Academy, a licensed pre-school and full day kindergarten program, The James Lawson Freedom School, and the Urban Angel Awards that annually highlight individuals and organizations addressing systemic injustices. Reverend Edwards created Allentown’s Campaign for Change (C4C), a grassroots student led non-violent movement — college and high school students committed to systematically dismantling the city’s cradle to prison pipeline by addressing the racial disparities with in its educational and economic systems. The Rev. Edwards’ work in the fields of fatherhood, male involvement and relationship education was highlighted in TIME Magazine and recognized by the Allentown Human Relations Commission Award, the Rep. William Gray III Excellence in Ministry Award, and the Steele Award for Multiculturalism in Ministry. He is a graduate of Geneva College, the University of Delaware Graduate School in Urban Affairs and Public Policy, and Drew University.
Camilla Greene was a teacher of English in urban and suburban high schools in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut for over twenty-five years. As Senior Associate with the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, she co-founded the Center for Urban Excellence. Currently she is the consultant with the San Francisco Center for Effective Small Schools and a Senior Associate with the Oregon Equity Center. She is the recipient of two awards: the Black Alliance for Educational Options’ (BAEO) Most Valuable Person Award and The Coalition of Essential Schools Transformational Leadership Award. Currently, in addition to serving on the Resurrected Community Development Board of Directors, she is an active member of POWER (Pennsylvanians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild) Northeast.
Ending Child Poverty Now Track
The Ending Child Poverty Now track aims to share information, strategies, tools and motivation to help participants end child poverty in their own communities, their states and nationally. Together participants will explore how to: engage in raising awareness of the need to address child poverty and what child poverty looks and feels like in their communities; listen to community needs and help community members actualize the power they have to change what they want to change; build public will to secure changes in local, state and national policies to end child poverty and provide economic justice to all; and understand the unique and crucial role faith communities can play in building a movement to end child poverty in our rich nation.
TUESDAY: Poverty Harms Children and the Nation; We Can End It Now!
Drawing on CDF’s recent Ending Child Poverty Now report, this first session will offer a discussion of how poverty hurts children, sometimes with lifelong consequences, and our nation’s economic stability; specific policy and program investments that could be made right now to cut child poverty by 60 percent; and how to build the public will to ensure the American Dream exists for all children.
MaryLee Allen is the CDF Policy Director and Director of Child Welfare and Mental Health for the Children’s Defense Fund and was a collaborator on CDF’s Ending Child Poverty Now report.
Ashley Moore is a CDF Policy Associate and Staff Attorney at the Children’s Defense Fund, who works to help dismantle the Cradle to Prison Pipeline® crisis, which is at the intersection of race and poverty.
WEDNESDAY: Listening with the Community
Too often we force others to “inhabit our version of their reality.” This participatory workshop will explore the Children’s Defense Fund’s Nashville team’s work with listening circles and Family Suppers as a way of listening to and partnering with those who are impoverished.
Eric Brown joined the Children’s Defense Fund Nashville Organizing Team in January 2013. He is also the Youth Advisor of Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church’s Youth Department and Director of Young Ministers for Action in the Nashville City District Association. Brown is a member of A. Philip Randolph Institute, Urban League’s Young Professionals, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. He graduated from American Baptist College in Nashville, and earned master degrees in Theological Studies and Ethics from Vanderbilt University. Brown was raised in Nashville.
Brigit Hurley is a Policy Analyst at the Children’s Agenda in Rochester, NY, the only city of comparable size in the nation where more than half the children live in poverty. The Children’s Agenda’s Interfaith Collaborative, which she staffs, includes 33 leading area denominations and more than 93 congregations that participate in Monroe County’s annual Children’s Interfaith Weekend each fall where faith congregations come together to celebrate children by recognizing the crises they face locally and joining together to support changes children need.
Dr. Janet Walsh, Librarian at American Baptist College in Nashville, Tennessee, an educator and professor has been engaged in multiple ways in highlighting the value of the spoken word and a shared understanding of others through communal meals, culinary rituals and cultural communication. Books, travel and tea opened her interest in societal activities. She believes wellness, harmony, and community lie within the simple art of tea and has traveled to almost every state and several continents exploring tea culture and its benefits.
THURSDAY: Building Action Plans to End Child Poverty
Building new or revised action plans to end child poverty in your own congregations and communities will put you a step ahead in using the Children’s Sabbath celebration in the fall to keep the momentum building as you seek real change for children. Learn about additional strategies congregations are using to end child poverty and share more about your own experiences with effective outreach strategies and your own lessons learned to help each other develop action plans to build public will to end child poverty now.
MaryLee Allen, CDF Policy Director and Director of Child Welfare and Mental Health
Brigit Hurley, Policy Analyst at the Children’s Agenda in Rochester, NY
Ashley Moore, CDF Policy Associate and Staff Attorney
Transformative Christian Education Track
TUESDAY: Participatory Bible Study
Preach the Gospel. If necessary, use words. Imagine when all are included in the gospel story despite social location. This workshop is about working together to hear a radical understanding of the scriptures.
Eric Brown, CDF Nashville Organizing Team
Damien Durr, CDF Nashville Organizing Team
Ndume Olatushani, Consultant with the CDF Nashville Organizing Team
The Rev. Dr. Janet Wolf, Director of CDF Haley Farm and Nonviolent Organizing
WEDNESDAY: Violence: A Christian Response “Supporting Our Children in a Violent World”
We live in an unsettled world, and the media continues to be filled with stories of children caught in the crossfire of violence. Violence against anyone, especially those most vulnerable, goes against the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Golden Rule that is recognized in religions the world over. This presentation will explore the culture of violence, and offer approaches that we can use to encourage and support healthy environments and relationships for children in the church and community.
Melanie C. Gordon serves as Director of Ministry with Children with Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church. She is responsible to The United Methodist Church for providing nationwide training and resourcing, and does research and networking for leaders engaged in ministry for children, including faith formation, weekday ministries, worship, Safe Sanctuaries®, and advocacy. Melanie wrote, What Every Child Should Experience: A Guide for Teachers and Leaders in United Methodist Congregations, 2013-16 UM Children’s Ministry Guidelines, and co-authored Guidelines for Weekday Preschool Ministry Programs in the UMC.
THURSDAY: From Sabbath Schools to Freedom Schools: Christian Education and the Power of Voice
This workshop will demonstrate that “The purpose of Christian Education is to set people free: free to be children of God and free to be co-creators with God.” We will unpack this statement by first exploring the theological anthropology that undergirds it and demonstrate how it’s been engaged historically and presently through the Sabbath schools of the Reconstruction Era, the Freedom Schools conducted during the Summer of 1964, and the Freedom Schools as they are run today through the work of the Children’s Defense Fund, and finally explore why this approach to Christian Education is important.
Dr. Reggie Blount serves on the faculty of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary as Assistant Professor of Formation, Youth and Culture. He teaches in the area of Youth Ministry, Christian Education and Congregational Development. He is also Pastor of Arnett Chapel A.M.E. Church in Chicago, IL. He’s spoken nationally and internationally at numerous conferences and workshops helping faith communities envision new and creative ways to minister to, with and on behalf of young people. He is a contributor in “Making God Real for a Next Generation: Ministry with Millennials Born from 1982 to 1999” (Discipleship Resources, 2003).
Trauma, Healing, and Reconciliation Track
TUESDAY: Ambassadors of Reconciliation, Part 1: Restorative Justice and Historical Violations
This workshop will introduce the core biblical call to reconciliation, and then tackle the difficult question of how individuals and groups heal from violations and injustices that occurred in the past, including the deep past. We will explore the recent experiment in “Truth and Reconciliation” work in Canada addressing genocidal Indian Residential Schools. Then we will investigate how restorative justice principles can help guide individuals and communities in the process of moving from victim to survivor to healer.
Dr. Elaine Enns has been working in the field of restorative justice and conflict transformation since 1989 as victim-offender dialogue facilitator, consultant, educator and trainer. A Canadian, she holds an M.A. in Theology and Peacemaking from the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Saskatoon Theological Union. She provides mediation and consultation services for individuals, churches, schools and community organizations throughout North America, and has taught at Fresno Pacific University, Canadian Mennonite University and Menno Simons College at the University of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Ched and Elaine Enns co-direct Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries in southern California, and are co-authors of Ambassadors of Reconciliation: A New Testament Theology and Diverse Christian Practices of Restorative Justice and Peacemaking.
Ched Myers is an activist theologian who has worked in social change movements for 40 years. With a degree in New Testament Studies, he is a popular educator who animates scripture and issues of faith-based peace and justice, and has taught around the world. Author of over 100 articles and a half-dozen books, including Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark’s Story of Jesus (Orbis, 1988/2008) and most recently, Our God is Undocumented: Biblical Faith and Immigrant Justice (with Matthew Colwell, Orbis, 2012), his publications can be found at www.ChedMyers.org. Ched has co-founded several collaborative projects: the Word and World School; the Sabbath Economics Collaborative; the Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice; and the Watershed Discipleship Alliance.
WEDNESDAY: Ambassadors of Reconciliation, Part 2: Facing Personal and Political Trauma
Oppressed people carry both individual and collective trauma. We will review some recent theory regarding intergenerational trauma and communal narratives, focusing on our autobiographical experiences and the challenge of “doing our own work” around painful legacies. Then we will look at various strategies of personal and political resilience, disciplines of embracing “historical response-ability,” and practices of “restorative solidarity.”
Dr. Elaine Enns and Ched Myers
THURSDAY: The Gift Besides the Wound
Street Poets Inc. creates circles. Poetry circles. Multi-cultural multi-generational circles. Creative healing circles within which at-risk youth and young adults can breathe, write, laugh, cry and rediscover their authentic voices in the midst of a world increasingly ruled by fear and permeated by violence. We do what we do with the larger goal of transforming our society into one that champions the creative process, multicultural community, peace-making, healing and personal growth.
Chee Malabar is a recording artist/performer, writer, and educator. He has recorded and released eight albums under his own moniker along with his bands Himalayan Project and Oblique Brown. His latest release, Feral Child, is Chee Malabar’s immigrant story. He continues to perform his music and speak at Universities and Colleges around issues of American identity as it relates to Hip Hop culture. Along with being featured in a documentary, his lyrics and work are the subject of the book Hip Hop Desi’s and A Global Race Consciousness by Northwestern University Professor Dr. Nitasha Sharma. Chee’s writing has appeared in The New Enquiry, The Asian American Literary Review, Scroll, and he has a short story forthcoming in Wasafiri. Chee earned his MFA in Fiction from the Creative Writing Program at Brooklyn College where he studied with Michael Cunningham, Colum McCann, and Stacey D’Erasmo. He currently serves as the Program Director/Teaching Artist for Street Poets Inc. in Los Angeles.
Taylor Code Maxie Jr. currently serves as a Teaching Artist and Community Outreach Coordinator for Street Poets Inc., an LA-based non-profit organization that harnesses the power of poetry, music and rites of passage work to transform the lives of incarcerated and highly at-risk youth and young adults. In that capacity, Taylor has led hundreds of writing workshops, and has helped to facilitate numerous youth initiation retreats, serving the same organization and community that once inspired him to turn his own life around. As a hip-hop artist and poet, Taylor has created a powerful road map to redemption for others to follow. His first solo album Bone Deep as well as his creative contributions to Street Poets’ annual compilation CDs illuminate his journey from gang member to teacher, mentor and community builder. He is currently working on his second solo project while penning a novel based on his life, entitled Rationalized Dysfunction.
Late Afternoon Option
After the 2:00-4:00 p.m. workshop participants may choose from a variety of options:
Continuing the Conversation (4:15-6:00 p.m.)
TUESDAY: Echoes of Incarceration: Ministry with Children of Incarcerated Parents
The United States currently houses 25 percent of the world’s prisoners; that makes the U.S. number one in prison population in the world. Nearly 52 percent of those prisoners are parents. One in 43 children in the U.S. has a parent in prison. Over half of parents in state prisons and nearly half in federal prisons never receive visits with their children. Participants will hear from children of incarcerated parents, consider how their ministries with children can help foster and maintain family ties, and learn about resources for help and suggestions to strengthen that ministry.
Kharon Benson resides in New York City where he is a producer, director, and actor. Kharon’s work with Echoes of Incarceration can be seen on YouTube.
Sarah McKay is a first year Master of Divinity student at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. and an intern with the Organizing Department of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society.
Doug Walker is the National Coordinator for Criminal Justice Reform for United Methodist Church, General Board of Church & Society, helping organize churches for local grassroots work to end mass incarceration. Doug is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC and American Baptist College, in Nashville, TN. He is currently a PhD candidate in Public Policy at the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, OH.
WEDNESDAY: Preaching Social Justice
When Jesus told the disciples to go and make disciples of all nations, what did he really mean? This workshop will give you the courage to preach, teach and lead with a commitment to nonviolence and social transformation.
The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., Proctor Co-Pastor-in-Residence
THURSDAY: Continuing the Conversation on Restorative Justice
This is a time to engage with others in further discussion of the vital concerns around restorative justice raised by Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, in the morning plenary.
Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, see page 15
Children’s Defense Fund Information Sessions (4:15-6:00 p.m.)
TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY: An Introduction to the CDF Freedom Schools® Program — A Summer Reading Enrichment, Mentoring, Parent and Community Engagement Model
Come discover how you can host or involve your congregation or community in the CDF Freedom Schools movement. Participants will gain an overview of the concept and vision behind this successful summer and after-school enrichment program for children ages five to 18. The CDF Freedom Schools program integrates reading, conflict resolution and social action in an activity-based curriculum that promotes social, cultural and historical awareness.
Shaquite Pegues and Robin Sally, CDF Freedom Schools Program
THURSDAY: Planning a Children’s Sabbath as a Catalyst for Action to End Child Poverty
Learn how you can engage your congregation in the National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths® celebration, a national multifaith program of the Children’s Defense Fund, to renew and increase witness and work for justice for all children. This will be an interactive workshop generating practical planning strategies and creative ideas for worship, education,outreach and advocacy that you can take back to your congregation and community to engage them in the 2015 Children’s Sabbath.
The Rev. Shannon Daley-Harris, CDF Religious Affairs Advisor and Director of the Proctor Institute
Resurrection Choir (5:15-6:00 p.m.)
All are welcome to participate in the Resurrection Choir under the direction of Dr. Eli Wilson, Proctor’s Minister of Music, with Don Lewis, Proctor’s organist. Rehearsals are held in the Lodge each evening. The choir sings at the evening Great Preacher Series worship and Morning Devotions. It is never too late to join in, so if you are inspired by the choir on the first night, join for the next!
Rest and Relaxation
A shuttle bus will leave from the area in front of the Registration Tables for hotels at 4:15 p.m. for those who wish to rest in their hotels. Shuttles will depart hotels to return participants to CDF Haley Farm in time for dinner followed by worship. Please refer to the Shuttle Bus Schedule for specific pick-up times from the hotels.
Creating Connections (4:15-5:15 p.m.)
Do you want to gather with others to talk about a particular topic or concern, or to network by denomination, or by region? There will be a “Meet Up” board by Registration where you may post your area of interest and, if others sign up, plan to join together for informal conversation at one of the tables in the dining area of the Main Tent.
Seminarian Reflection Groups (4:15-6:00 p.m.)
Those who are attending Proctor for credit as part of the Proctor Seminary Course will attend the Seminarian Reflection session in the Library. (All seminarians are also welcome to participate.)
Dr. Reggie Blount, 2015 Proctor Professor-in-Residence, is the Assistant Professor of Formation, Youth, and Culture at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and pastor of Arnett Chapel A.M.E. Church in Chicago, IL.
Dr. Derek S. Hicks, 2015 Proctor Professor-in-Residence, and Assistant Professor of Religion and Culture, Divinity School at Wake Forest University, teaches and researches broadly in the areas of African American religion, religion in North America, race, the body, religion and foodways, theory and method in the study of religion, Black and Womanist theologies, and cultural studies.
Dr. Virginia Lee, 2015 Proctor Professor-in-Residence, is the Associate Professor of Christian Education and Director of Deacon Studies at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.
The Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler
The Rev. Dr. Janet Wolf
CDF Beat the Odds® Alumni & Young Advocate Leadership Training (4:15-6:00 p.m.)
Beat the Odds alumni, current participants in CDF’s Young Advocate Leadership Training and other young leaders will gather daily for these sessions.
Erica Ayala, CDF-New York Youth Leadership Development Associate