Late Afternoon Workshop Descriptions

Resurrection Choir (5:15 p.m. – 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, as well as the Closing Celebration of Communion and Commitment. It is never too late to join in, so if you are inspired by the choir on the first night, join for the next!

Building the Movement—Dance!

Dance, song and theater will be used as a form of edutainment. Participants will be engaged in a multilevel experience of liberation arts. All ages welcome.

Facilitated by Rossi Turner, artistic director and choreographer, Rossi Turner Productions

Telling Our Stories of Communities in Crisis

How do we tell the stories of our communities that are constantly under threat? How do we recover the lost histories of ancestors? How do we share the good news of our communities, when society only relates violence, poverty, and suffering? This workshop provides strategies for telling our narratives in life-giving ways and in and through the community.  We will offer practices for reclaiming our lives and narratives for the purpose of healing our communities and enacting social change.  

Facilitated by Dr. Patrick Reyes, Director of Strategic Partnerships for Doctoral Initiatives at the Forum for Theological Exploration, and Brian Barnes, Co-Founder and CEO of TandemEd

Arts, Culture, and Social Change

Join in these participatory sessions to think together about how we can use art to challenge all aspects of the criminal justice system, highlighting the injustices of mass incarceration and the possibilities for change.  Ages 12 and up welcome to come explore with us.

Facing Trauma: Practices for Healing and Resilience (Tuesday and Thursday)

This workshop will briefly look at how trauma (both experienced and inherited) impacts body and soul.  The majority of time will be spent on learning various simple but effective somatic practices of healing and resilience including breathwork, body sculpting, body movement, finger holds, emotional freedom tapping, etc.  Participants will also be invited to share their strategies for restoration.  There will be time for discussion and questions throughout.

Facilitated by Dr. Elaine Enns, Co-Director of Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries and, on Tuesday, by Mauricio Salgado.

Howard Thurman Seminar

Facilitated by Dr. Gregory C. Ellison, II, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and several books including the forthcoming Anchored in the Current: The Eternal Wisdom of Howard Thurman in a Changing World (Westminster John Knox Press).

To Make a Rest of Motion: Safe Space for Reflections on the Day

In his meditation “To Make a Rest of Motion,” Howard Thurman wrote, “It is ever a grace and a benediction to be able to come to a halt, to stop, to pause, to make a rest of motion. Thus we are privileged to turn aside from the things that occupy and preoccupy our minds in the daily round, to take a long intimate look at ourselves both in retrospect and prospect….”  Each day at CDF’s Proctor Institute is full—full of emotions and insights, full of ideas and information, full of challenge and opportunity, community and commitment. By afternoon, we have heard, seen, and felt things that touch different and deep places in our hearts and minds. You are invited into this time and safe space to “make a rest of motion” and reflect with others on what the day has stirred in you. Join Proctor’s Co-Chaplains in Residence for this time of conversation and contemplation.  All ages are welcome.   

Facilitated by Proctor Co-Chaplains-in-Residence: Rev. Will C. Gipson, Vice Provost for Equity and Access, University of Pennsylvania; Rev. Dr. Emma Jordan Simpson, Executive Pastor, Concord Baptist Church of Christ, Brooklyn; Rev. Dr. Frederick J. (Jerry) Streets, Senior Pastor of Dixwell Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ, New Haven; and Rev. Dr. Theresa S. Thames, Associate Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel, Princeton University.

Continuing the Conversation

In these sessions, participants will have the opportunity to engage in conversation with some of the speakers from the morning Children and Justice plenaries in a smaller, more informal and interactive setting.  This will be a time to go deeper into topics that were raised in the morning plenary session and to raise questions, relate experiences, or share thoughts that were raised by the plenary.   

Intergenerational Conversation

Come join in this time of informal, intergenerational listening and learning from each other, facilitated by leaders of the Beloved Community Center of Greensboro. 

Facilitated by Rev. Nelson N. Johnson, Executive Director of the Beloved Community Center of Greensboro, and Joyce Hobson Johnson, Director of the Jubilee Institute of the Beloved Community Center of Greensboro.