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This course will be an intensive Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) immersion experience for seminary or divinity/theological school students who wish to engage and cultivate necessary prophetic voices with communities on the margins of theological education—in particular, those communities contending against systemic injustices perpetuating the intersectionalities of racist and economic struggles that directly impact children and youth. The CDF immersion conference provides an alternative or liminal space to study justice ministries. We will consider and challenge Biblical and theological assumptions justifying institutional complicity with oppressive systems that create insular maintenance of churches quite disconnected from folks on the margins. We will examine the present nature of theological education and consider pressing questions regarding public theology and contextual practice. The foci of this course underscore partnerships with local communities working with CDF, collaborating with those who are engaged directly in the struggles for social justice. We study, “How do we construct narratives of learning and justice ministries at the center of our theological training?” We also explore, “What is our theological voice in the public square; what are the possible roles of public theology?” This course will include contextual learning and research in forming public leaders to facilitate collective organizing/re-organizing of churches as justice-making communities to extend beyond the immediate concerns of philanthropy.
To reframe and to transform religious leadership in view of the sacrality and integrity of youth in our commitments to justice making—that is: