Faith-Based Action

Religious people and organizations — with millions of members, deep roots in communities across the country, a history of caring for children, and moral authority — are indispensable to building a successful Leave No Child Behind® movement.

With our collective voice, followed by concrete action, we do not just make small changes. We change the community. We change the nation. We change the lives and improve the odds for all children.

The 2018 Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry is July 16-20!

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Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute

“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

The 2018 Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry is July 16-20!

Welcome home! Every July hundreds of child advocates from across the country hear these words as they gather at the annual Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry. They come to build skills and share success stories in dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline®, ending child poverty, and improving the lives of children in their communities.

The Institute provides spiritual renewal, continuing education, intergenerational movement-building workshops, and networking for people who share conviction that all great religious traditions call us to acts of love and justice especially for children who are impoverished, vulnerable, marginalized and excluded.

During the week of “preaching and teaching” at the picturesque CDF Haley Farm you will learn strategies and effective models to use in your faithful work of improving the lives of all children. Learn more.

National Observance of Children's Sabbaths

Mark your congregation's calendar now to participate in the 27th Annual National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths® Celebration, "Realizing Dr. King’s Vision: Ending Child Poverty," October 19-21, 2018. Save the date now and begin conversations with other congregations and community groups for how you might partner.

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Opportunities for Study and Action Groups

CDF is pleased to announce a new book, Hope for the Future: Answering God’s Call to Justice for Our Children, by CDF religious affairs advisor Shannon Daley-Harris with a foreword by Marian Wright Edelman.

The publisher, Westminster John Knox Press, writes:

“Whether a parent or pastor, child advocate or Christian educator, professional or volunteer working with children, we yearn for both comfort and challenge, vision and validation, hope and help as we seek to make a difference in the lives of children.

In Hope for the Future, Shannon Daley-Harris draws from over twenty-five years of work with the Children's Defense Fund to offer twelve meditations for those working to create a better world for our children. Each meditation focuses on passages of Scripture and weaves together moving stories of children, startling statistics about the challenges facing children, and inspiring examples from other movements and faithful leaders that came before us. Questions for faithful response after each meditation will prompt further reflection and action.

This inspirational book can be used as a devotional, in Bible study discussion, or during a social action committee's discernment.”

We invite child advocates to use this new resource in monthly study and action groups. Get started now.

Protect Children, Not Guns

Together—with prayer, education, and action—we can help ensure every child a safe start through common sense gun safety laws. For some, this will build on participation in March for Our Lives events responding to the recent Parkland, Florida tragedy. For other places of worship, this may be an initial effort to connect faith to action on ending violence against children in our classrooms and communities. Now is the time to lift up the leadership and direction we expect from all our elected officials and join the courageous young people standing up across the nation to demand our leaders Protect Children, Not Guns.

The following Faith Community Resources will help you plan any number of activities that are appropriate for you and those you lead:

Thank you for joining with people of faith across America to stand up and speak out from our places of worship to demand that we protect children, not guns.

Learn more about CDF's mission to Protect Children Not Guns.