2016 Workshop Descriptions

Workshops are held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. You may choose to take all three workshops offered within one "track" or you may select workshops from two or three different tracks. However, if a workshop is described as "Part 1 and Part 2" you are encouraged to register for both. This year, workshop selection is included in the initial on-line registration process so you may make your choices now.

Afternoon Workshop Descriptions

Faith-Rooted Organizing Track

TUESDAY: Faith-Rooted Organizing Part 1 - Drawing from the Deep Wells to Change Systems

People of faith have unique gifts to bring to the broader movement for justice for children. How do we inspire and equip faith leaders and congregations to bring all of our gifts to the table? Faith-rooted organizing takes seriously the active agency of God’s Spirit and our role in partnering with God to go beyond direct service to community development and community organizing using approaches that are “wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” Session #1 will focus on faith foundations and orientation as well as key faith-rooted tools for social transformation. Session #2 will focus on recruitment, leadership development, mobilizing churches and sustaining the movement.

Rev. Alexia Salvatierra is an ordained Lutheran Pastor with 35 years of experience in community ministry, including community development and community organizing. She is the co-author of “Faith-Rooted Organizing” and currently serves as adjunct faculty for seven seminaries, in the U.S. and in Latin America. She also trains, coaches and consults with a wide variety of national and international ministries, including World Vision, the Christian Community Development Association and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. For over 20 years, she has been a national leader in the area of immigrant rights and the struggle for immigration reform. For over a decade, she was the Executive Director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice of California, focused primarily on issues of working poverty. She is the proud mother of a 22-year-old activist.

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.

Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., is the Pastor Emeritus 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. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College, his Master of Divinity from Morehouse School of Religion/ITC, and his Doctor of Ministry from the United Theological Seminary. 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. Dr. Moss is the recipient of many honors, including four honorary doctorates and a citation in 2000 from the Howard University College of Medicine. He has long served in leadership capacities including chairman of the Board of Trustees of Morehouse College. He is a life member of the NAACP and served as a consultant to former President Jimmy Carter. He was the Lyman Beecher Lecturer for Yale University Divinity School in 2004. Dr. Moss has been selected twice by Ebony magazine as one of "America's 15 Greatest Black Preachers" and listed as one of 30 people who have defined Cleveland in the last 30 years.

THURSDAY: Faith-Rooted Organizing Part 2 - Getting People Off the Couch and Away from the Screen to Change Systems

People of faith have unique gifts to bring to the broader movement for justice for children. How do we inspire and equip faith leaders and congregations to bring all of our gifts to the table? Faith-rooted organizing takes seriously the active agency of God’s Spirit and our role in partnering with God to go beyond direct service to community development and community organizing using approaches that are “wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” Session #2 teaches the skills of engaging individuals and congregations in this work and sustaining their participation for the long haul.

Rev. Alexia Salvatierra is an ordained Lutheran Pastor with 35 years of experience in community ministry, including community development and community organizing. She is the co-author of “Faith-Rooted Organizing” and currently serves as adjunct faculty for seven seminaries, in the U.S. and in Latin America. She also trains, coaches and consults with a wide variety of national and international ministries, including World Vision, the Christian Community Development Association and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. For over 20 years, she has been a national leader in the area of immigrant rights and the struggle for immigration reform. For over a decade, she was the Executive Director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice of California, focused primarily on issues of working poverty. She is the proud mother of a 22-year-old activist.


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.

The Rev. 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, 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. 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.” Rev. Lawson graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College and received a Master in Theology from Boston University.

THURSDAY: Praying With Our Feet: Responding to Racial Profiling and Police Misconduct

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Rev. Traci Blackmon  is the Acting Executive Minister of Justice & Witness Ministries for The United Church of Christ and Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO—the first woman pastor in its 159-year history. Initially ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Rev. Blackmon served in various ministry capacities for nine years prior to this call. Rev. Blackmon was appointed to the Ferguson Commission by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and co-chaired the Municipal Governance and Court Reform workgroup. Rev. Blackmon’s early and consistent response to racial tensions exposed after the killing of Michael Brown, Jr. in Ferguson, MO, earned her awards including the White House President’s Volunteer Service Award; the St. Louis American Stellar Award; 2015 Ebony Magazine Power 100; St. Louis University - Community Leader of the Year; the NAACP - Rosa Parks Award; and others. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Birmingham - Southern College, and a Master of Divinity degree and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary.


Sharing Our Stories and Speaking Our Truth 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: Storytelling and Art

As Ndume often comments in stories about his time on death row, "Art saved my life!" Art and storytelling invite young people to rename the world around them from their experience, and in their own words and images. CDF'S Nashville Organizing Team will share a variety of approaches to listening to and learning with young people struggling with schools and the streets.

Eric Brown, CDF Nashville Organizing Team

Mickey ScottBey Jones, CDF Nashville Organizing Team

Damien Durr, CDF Nashville Organizing Team

Ndume Olatushani, CDF Nashville Organizing Team

Abdullah Rahim, CDF Nashville Organizing Team


From the Sanctuary into the Streets: Learning From and Standing with Children, Youths and Families Track

TUESDAY: Changing the Narrative and the Policies - Poets, Pastors, Preachers and Prophets

"We the People of Detroit" organizers and others will explore the impact of austerity policies on children and the poor and how we can work for effective systemic change through grassroots organizing with those hardest hit. "We the People of Detroit" promotes community coalition-building and provides mechanisms and vehicles intended to inform, train and mobilize the residents of Detroit to improve their quality of life.

WEDNESDAY: Vote Local - Working with Young Folks Targeted by the Cradle to Prison Pipeline™

This session will engage participants who want to work with young people targeted by the Cradle to Prison Pipeline to explore race, politics and what justice might look like through the narratives of young folks and in their context.

Eric Brown, CDF Nashville Organizing Team

Ndume Olatushani, CDF Nashville Organizing Team

THURSDAY: Ministry with Children of Incarcerated Parents - Principles and Practice

This workshop will cover some foundational principles for consideration while developing and implementing trauma informed ministry with children in our communities and congregations who have parents who are, or have been, incarcerated. Participants will be able to identify systemic sources of trauma, ACE’s (adverse childhood experiences), and ways trauma informed ministry can combat these. The workshop will present ministry models that use these principles as they work with children of incarcerated parents and encourage participants to imagine what ministry with children might look like when they adopt these principles in their own context.

Cheryl Faries, MA, is currently Director of Program Development and Research for the Tampa Bay Center for Community Transformation. Formerly Vice Chair of the Waterloo Commission on Human Rights, and Co-Chair of Cedar Valley Citizens for Undoing Racism. Cheryl’s passion is for Women’s empowerment and family development.

Doug Walker, M.Div is currently Director of Strategic Partnerships and Training for the Tampa Bay Center for Community Transformation, and is a criminal justice consultant for the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church. He is a sought after speaker, panelist, trainer, workshop presenter and facilitator. Doug is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Social Change at Union Institute & University where his area of interest is social and policy change through bringing Martin Luther King’s concept of the beloved community to bear on public safety.


Self-Care for Activists Track

TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY: Loving at the Margins - Getting Radical About Self-Care

"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare." - Audre Lorde

There is a lot of talk these days about the importance of self-care. The injunction to get enough rest; to lead more “balanced” lives and to “save some for ourselves” in the midst of competing and overwhelming demands is everywhere, and that’s not a bad thing. But, in the face of persistent assaults against the bodies, minds and spirits of people of color, the poor, women and countless other marginalized people and communities, is the injunction to “take better care,” enough?  What are the arms we need to muster in our spiritual arsenal in order to translate that charge into a deeply rooted and enlivening life practice? What does it mean for marginalized people to understand self-care as a radical, as a prophetic act?  What is the connection between our call to activism and advocacy for others and the right regard we attach to our own bodies, minds and spirits in the world? In this participatory workshop we will explore what it means to get radical about self-care through a combination of ritual, storytelling and radical self-care agenda creation.

Lisa Anderson is Vice President of Intersectional Engagement and Strategic Convening at Auburn Theological Seminary in NYC. In her capacity at Auburn Ms. Anderson works with Auburn’s senior education team on issues of intersectional organizing, bridging the divide between theology and activism, and on deepening the spiritually grounding of leaders in a multifaith movement for justice. Ms. Anderson is also the founding director of Auburn’s Sojourner Truth Leadership Circle (STLC). Launched in 2013 the Sojourner Truth Leadership Circle is a fellowship program whose specific mission is to make the ordinary care of the bodies, minds and spirits of Black women a priority in their own lives and within the social justice spaces where black women leaders disproportionately serve. The STLC equips Black women leaders, seeking to advance movements for justice within Black and Brown communities, through a methodology that incorporates a vigorous and spiritually grounded practice of self-care as a part of a leader’s public witness. A trained theologian, Ms. Anderson holds a Master of Divinity and Master of Philosophy degree from Union Theological Seminary.


Stronger Together: Intersecting Justice Movements Track

TUESDAY: Climate Catastrophe and Black Lives Matter: What Are the Connections?

Several analysts have asserted that the economic and technological systems that have brought us to climate crisis represent the ultimate historical expression of white supremacy. This workshop will explore how communities of color and poor countries around the world are experiencing the "first and worst" effects of our interlocking ecological crises, and outline the tradition of "environmental racism" as a critique and movement. Then we’ll look at how marginalized communities are organizing for survival, resiliency and ecojustice, both abroad and at home. We’ll focus on the exemplary work of "Faith in Place" and Trinity UCC in Chicago, and the Western Atlanta Watershed Alliance in Georgia. We will explore how churches and community groups can integrate into their local and regional work two disciplines: reconnection to the land upon which they live; and interconnecting ecojustice, social justice and the gospel.

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.

Rev. Aaron McLeod is the Executive Director of Special Projects in the Office of the Senior Pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL. In this role, he works with the Senior Pastor on all his initiatives and supports the activities of his senior administrative team. Rev. McLeod is ordained clergy and has standing in the United Church of Christ. Recently, he has gained pastoral experience by serving as the Interim Pastor of Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chicago, IL. He is a graduate of University of Iowa College of Law, Harvard University School of Divinity, and Morehouse College and has completed a leadership fellowship at University of Illinois School of Public Health, a Certificate in Mediation from Northwestern University, and he has studied in the School of Management at Lancaster University in Lancaster, England.

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: God is Undocumented: Gospel Hospitality and Immigrant Rights

Economic forces of globalization and displacement political forces of war and discrimination move vulnerable people around the landscape like great tides. Though undocumented immigrants and refugees are among the most marginalized among us, they are often victims of "nativist" and racist backlash. Yet biblical faith enjoins radical hospitality for the "sojourner," and Jesus himself began his life as a homeless refugee. This workshop will offer a few theological reflections concerning God’s special concern for displaced people, and practical suggestions for how churches can embrace solidarity with the immigrant "least among us." We will suggest how the realities facing immigrants can impact our preaching and worship, our local ministry and our social witness, and explore several practical responses that integrate immigrant rights with human rights and social justice.

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.

Rev. Alexia Salvatierra is an ordained Lutheran Pastor with 35 years of experience in community ministry, including community development and community organizing. She is the co-author of “Faith-Rooted Organizing” and currently serves as adjunct faculty for seven seminaries, in the U.S. and in Latin America. She also trains, coaches and consults with a wide variety of national and international ministries, including World Vision, the Christian Community Development Association and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. For over 20 years, she has been a national leader in the area of immigrant rights and the struggle for immigration reform. For over a decade, she was the Executive Director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice of California, focused primarily on issues of working poverty. She is the proud mother of a 22-year-old activist.

THURSDAY: Black LGBTQ Youth Lives Matter

Across the country LGBTQ Youth are experiencing high rates of homelessness, suicide, harassment and violence. Many LGBTQ youth have grown up in a world in which parents, teachers, churches and ministers have been hostile to their God given identity. Our ministries must do better. Black LGBTQ Youth Lives Matter. In this session, we will make a theological case that God is on the side of marginalized people and that God comes out as love for LGBTQ youth. Participants will examine biblical text, hear personal stories and engage in dynamic conversations that will inspire concrete action to shift and transform ministries in order to end the violence and harm done to LGBTQ youth. Finally, this session will explore practical tools to create ministries that are open and affirming to LGBTQ youth.

Rev. Rodney McKenzie, Jr. is the Director of the Academy for Leadership and Action at the National LGBTQ Task Force, is an out person of faith, community organizer and a reverend. Over the last thirteen years, he’s worked for organizations fighting for grassroots political power in marginalized communities. From being a Field Organizer at the Task Force in 2002 to recently being the Spiritual Director and Co-Creator of Expansion Church, his work focuses on the intersection of community organizing and radical spirituality in the public square. Rev. McKenzie is currently a Master of Divinity candidate at Union Theological Seminary. By putting James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, Essex Hemphill and the Apostle Paul in conversation, he’s constructing a liberation theology that challenges how theology and LGBTQI politics approach the intersection of race, class and sexuality. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Rev. McKenzie currently resides in New York City, New York.


Engaging Faith Communities and Congregations in Advocating for Young Children

TUESDAY: Making the Case for Investing in Young Children 

This session will help you make the case for investing in young children in your own families, congregations, communities, states and nationally. The earliest years of a child’s life are a time of rapid brain development and great potential for building a foundation for future success in school and in life.  Consistent interaction with caring adults provides the active ingredients needed to help young children’s minds develop in a healthy way. These early investments are key to efforts to end child poverty and close the opportunity gap for children in their communities. Learn how to make the case with parents, faith leaders and policymakers about the importance of early brain development and how they can impact children’s developing minds. We know the younger children are the poorer they are and the more likely they are to be left behind. Learn about the many benefits of multiple strategies to increase access to quality early childhood opportunities. Find ways to help parents engage in quality nurturing interactions with their children and work with others to put in place a quality continuum of early childhood supports that pay off for the children and the nation.

MaryLee Allen is CDF’s Director of Policy and Daniel Hains is a CDF Policy Associate. They will be joined by other early childhood experts.

WEDNESDAY: How Faith Communities and Congregations Are Helping Build a Strong Foundation for Young Children

Around the country faith communities and places of worship are playing important roles in building a strong foundation for young children to help them care for and prepare the nation they will one day inherit.  Some focus on families in their own congregations – talking about the importance of children’s first 1,000 or 2,000 days. Some may be caregivers and operating child care and early childhood programs. Others forge partnerships within their faith communities. Still others join coalitions of early childhood advocates to create broad change for children. This session will feature efforts underway and encourage you to share steps your congregation, community or state is taking. How do you begin? And how do you move on from where you are? Share gains you have seen in new development and learning opportunities for young children.  How you do get from here to there? How do you engage others? What are important lessons to remember?

Leaders of faith communities and congregations engaged in building strong foundations for young children will feature their efforts and lead the discussion.

THURSDAY: Taking Proctor Home – Translating Good Ideas into Action for Young Children

The goal of this session is to help you translate the good works you have learned about into good policies and practices in your congregations, faith communities, cities, states and at the national level that will mean positive change for young children. How do we give all children the strong start they need and deserve?   How do we inspire and equip other faith leaders and congregations to bring their gifts to the table to help our youngest children achieve in school and beyond? How will you engage your own faith community back home in action? What resources can you draw on to build the momentum needed to transform priorities and promote the well-being of young children? How do you stay connected to others seeking the same goals?

Participants in the earlier sessions and others will come together to plan next steps.


Pipeline to Promise: Building Communities, Schools, and Systems that Support and Protect Children Track

TUESDAY: Ending Zero Tolerance Discipline Policies

Discipline policies and practices in public schools across the nation are excessively punitive and racially biased, criminalizing young people from impoverished communities, especially black and brown youth, for offenses such as truancy.This participatory workshop will focus on listening to and working in partnership with young people in impoverished communities of color to challenge and change zero tolerance discipline policies and practices.

Eric Brown, CDF Nashville Organizing Team

Damien Durr, CDF Nashville Organizing Team

Micky ScottBey Jones, CDF Nashville Organizing Team

Ndume Olatushani, CDF Nashville Organizing Team

Abdullah Rahim, CDF Nashville Organizing Team

WEDNESDAY: Community Justice Circles

The contemporary Restorative Justice movement seeks alternatives to the retribution and punishment of the Criminal Justice System. Adopting and adapting models of traditional Indigenous relational justice, RJ practitioners have been experimenting with circles of facilitated conversation between victims, offenders and their communities. These dialogues seek to provide grassroots opportunities for truth-telling, support and accountability, reparations, healing from trauma and sometimes even forgiveness. This workshop will explore how these transformative practices can be used in prisons, schools, community groups and churches. We will also examine issues of race, class and gender power disparity in these settings. This introduction to restorative circles will enable participants to imagine how these practices could be adapted for their context, and encourage them to seek further training to implement these models.

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.

Damien Durr, CDF Nashville Organizing Team

THURSDAY: Freedom Schools

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.

CDF Freedom Schools® Staff

Ella Baker Trainers are important members of the national CDF Freedom Schools family. Their commitment and passion for children and youth, and expertise in the CDF Freedom Schools program, add tremendous value to the CDF Freedom Schools program nationwide.


Late Afternoon Options 

Children’s Defense Fund Programs and Priorities

TUESDAY: Freedom Schools

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

WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY: Children’s Sabbath

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 2016 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.


Bonus Workshop

Music and Social Change

Greg Edwards, pastor, jazz musician and community organizer in Allentown, PA and Charles Neblett, one of the original Civil Rights Freedom Singers, will explore the power of music in social change movements. including hip hop.

Your Community is Your Congregation

"In the church, we often turn inward, focusing on internal issues rather than what's happening in the wirder community. Even our “outward” work suggests an internal bias as we invite people to our “events,” but not actively to a life change or community transformation. It’s been time for congregations to engage with the people around them, most of whom have not made a faith decision, but hunger deeply for God’s grace. Using the story of Nehemiah as a backdrop, this workshop, “Your Community is Your Congregation,” will provide practical tools and strategies for how the people of God can change lives, repair walls and point people to a pathway of divine wholeness in communities and congregations across the globe.

Joe Daniels, is the lead pastor at the Emory United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. and the Greater Washington District Superintendent of the Baltimore Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church. In this dual role, Daniels leads a 400-member, predominantly black multicultural congregation in the nation’s capital, and provides oversight for 66 churches in the Washington metropolitan area.  As someone heavily engaged in community, and a highly sought after preacher, teacher and presenter, Daniels is also the author of three books, his most recent entitled, Walking With Nehemiah: Your Community is Your Congregation, published in November 2014. Joe has been happily married to his wife Madelyn for more than 30 years. The couple have been blessed with two young adult children, Joia and Joey.  


Intergenerational Dialogue

Informal self-facillitated conversations for intergenerational listening and learning.


Seminarian Sessions

Those who are attending Proctor for credit as part of the Proctor Seminary Course will attend the Seminarian Sessions. (All seminarians are also welcome to participate.)


Denominational Gatherings

TUESDAY: Pan-Methodist (AME, AMEZion, CME, UMC)

WEDNESDAY: Presbyterian and Baptist

THURSDAY: Episcopalian and UCC