2020 Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry

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Re-Imagining Our Future: Children, Justice and Joy

July 21-22, 2020

Although we cannot gather in person at CDF Haley Farm this year, at this unprecedented moment it is clearer than ever that fierce faith, beloved community, and commitment to ongoing work for communal well-being and justice are urgently needed.

Please plan to join us as we gather, scattered across the country but united in our commitment to reimagining our future for children with justice and joy.

An inspiring online 2020 Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry event, “Reimagining Our Future: Children, Justice, and Joy,” will take place Tuesday, July 21 and Wednesday, July 22 from 12:00–4:00 pm Eastern and 7:30–9:00 pm Eastern.

Register for our virtual Proctor event here.

An additional 14 hours of online content will be available for seminarians and undergraduates who are taking the 2020 course with the Children’s Defense Fund Proctor Institute’s Dale Andrews Freedom Seminary. Any other participants who wish may also join us for these additional sessions on Sunday, July 19, Monday, July 20 and Thursday, July 23.

Register for the Dale Andrews Freedom Seminary here. 

Below you will find the agenda for our two-day virtual Proctor Institute, the agenda for the Dale Andrews Freedom Seminary, a suggested reading list, and information about many of the prophetic leaders who will serve as speakers and presenters for this virtual event.

All sessions will be recorded and available to those who register.

2020 Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry

Tuesday, July 21st

12:00-4:00 pm ET 
 “Welcome Home” 

12:00 Gathering: CDF Freedom Schools songs
Shannon Daley-Harris and Janet Wolf, Directors of CDF’s Proctor Institute and Dale Andrews Freedom Seminary
12:10 Welcome Home 
Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President Emerita, Children’s Defense Fund
12:20 Beloved Community

Charlene Sinclair, Founder and Director of the Center for Race, Religion and Economic Democracy

12:50 Theology and Child Advocacy: “For Such a Time as This”

Patrick Reyes, Forum for Theological Exploration and author of Nobody Cries When We Die: God, Community and Surviving to Adulthood 

1:30 Panel: “Race, Poverty, and Children in the Pandemic”

Starsky Wilson, President and CEO, Deaconess Foundation, moderator
Michael Tubbs, Mayor of Stockton, CA,
Natalie Turner, Freedom BLOC (Black Led Organizing Collaborative)
Adam Vega, “Feeding Our Frontline: Feeding Our Farmworkers”

2:40 Intergenerational Conversation: “Organizing in a Time Like This to Put Flesh On Faith” 

Ash-Lee Henderson, Co-Director, Highlander Research and Action Center, Movement for Black Lives organizer
Gus Newport, National Council of Elders and former mayor of Berkley, CA
Kazu Haga, Oakland Peace Center and author of Healing Resistance
AJ Musewe, Director of Youth Leadership Development with Common Purpose

3:25 Call to Advocacy Action

CDF Policy Team

3:35 Anchored in the Current: Discovering Howard Thurman as Educator, Activist, Guide and Prophet 

Greg Ellison II, Candler School of Theology and Fearless Dialogues, editor of Anchored in the Current

3:45 Howard Thurman Reflection

Luther Smith, Jr., Pan Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty, Candler School of Theology*

7:30-9:00 pm ET
Great Preacher Series

7:30 p.m. Welcome & Music

Will Gipson, Vice-Provost for Equity and Access, University of Pennsylvania, and CDF Freedom Schools Scholars

7:45 Introduction of the Preacher

Emma Jordan Simpson, Executive Director, Fellowship of Reconciliation, and Pastor, Concord Baptist Church of Christ

7:50 Great Preacher Series

Otis Moss III, Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago

8:30 Howard Thurman Reflection

Shively Smith, Boston University School of Theology*

Wednesday, July 22

12:00-4:00 pm ET

12:00 Welcome

Frederick (Jerry) Streets, CDF Proctor chaplain, Senior Pastor of Dixwell Ave. Congregational UCC, and Adjunct Professor of Yale University Divinity School

12:05 Centering

Kim Brazwell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, KiMISTRY

12:20 Introduction of the Preacher

Candace Simpson, writer and educator, Fish Sandwich Heaven

12:25 Preaching

Otis Moss Jr., Pastor Emeritus, Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, and former staff member with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Otis Moss III, Senior Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ

1:00 Theology and Child Advocacy

Emma Jordan Simpson, Executive Director, Fellowship of Reconciliation, USA, and Pastor, Concord Baptist Church of Christ
Candace Simpson, writer and educator, Fish Sandwich Heaven, and Shakeema North, Director of Youth Development and Pastoral Service, Covenant House New York

1:35 Panel: Who Counts? Democracy, Citizenship Schools, and Nonviolent Direct Action Organizing 

Charlene Sinclair, moderator
Kerry Mitchell Jones, Sr., Researcher, BlackPAC
Erica Clemmons Dean, National Organizing Director with Forward Together’s 9to5 and her daughter, Paige Clemmons
Tracy Najera, Executive Director, CDF-Ohio

2:20 Spoken Word

Dejuan Bland, organizer and artist

2:35 Panel: Dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline

Damien Durr, Executive Pastor of Community Development, Friendship-West Baptist Church, moderator
Rahim Buford, Nashville Community Bail Fund and Unheard Voices Outreach; Nafeesah Goldsmith, New Jersey Together; and Omari Booker, artist and organizer

3:20 Call to Advocacy Action

CDF Policy Team

3:30 Charge

Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President Emerita, Children’s Defense Fund

3:35 Howard Thurman Reflection

Parker Palmer, Founder, Center for Courage and Renewal*

7:30-9:00 pm ET 
Great Preacher Series

7:30 Welcome

Damien Durr, Executive Pastor of Community Development, Friendship-West Baptist Church

7:45 Introduction of the Preacher

Damien Durr

7:50 Great Preacher Series

Bishop Yvette Flunder, Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, founding member of the City of Refuge United Church of Christ, adjunct professor at the Pacific School of Religion

8:30 Howard Thurman Reflection

Tyler Sit, Founder and Pastor, New City Church*

8:40 Closing & Music

Marian Wright Edelman and CDF Freedom Schools

*Each of the contributors for the Howard Thurman reflections wrote a chapter in the soon to be released book, Anchored in the Current, edited by Greg Ellison II, available at the end of July with a significant discount for Proctor participants – see code at the end of the reading list below.

CDF Proctor Institute’s Dale Andrews Freedom Seminary Sessions
(Open to All)

Sunday, July 19
5:30-8:00pm ET

5:30 Welcome and Framing

Charlene Sinclair, Founder and Director of the Center for Race, Religion and Economic Democracy
Victor Anderson, Professor of Ethics and Society, Vanderbilt Divinity School

6:00 Viewing Party of “Backs Against the Wall,” PBS documentary on Howard Thurman

Introductory framing by Greg Ellison II, Candler School of Theology and Fearless Dialogues

7:20 Howard Thurman Panel

Martin Doblmeier, filmmaker, moderator;
Walter Fluker, Candler School of Theology, Shively Smith, professors at the Boston University School of Theology
Starsky Wilson, President and CEO, Deaconess Foundation
and Greg Ellison II, Candler School of Theology and Fearless Dialogues

Monday, July 20
12:00-4:00pm and 6:30-9:00pm ET

12:00 Welcome

Charlene Sinclair, Founder and Director, Center for Race, Religion and Economic Democracy

12:15 Let Your Light Shine: Mobilizing for Justice with Children and Youth 

Introduction to Freedom Seminary’s faculty book led by editors Virginia Lee and Reggie Blount, Garrett-Evangelical School of Theology

12:30 Practical Theology as Knowledge of Origin and Migration

Discussion facilitated by Patrick Reyes, Forum for Theological Exploration

1:10 Reconnecting Seminary, Sanctuary, Streets, and Soil: Creating Alternative Space for Theological Education 

Discussion facilitated by Ched Myers and Elaine Enns, Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries, co-authors, Ambassadors of Reconciliation, Volumes I and II

1:45 From Sabbath Schools to Freedom Schools: Christian Vocation and the Power of Voice & Something Inside So Strong: Learning from the Freedom Schools Movement 

Discussion facilitated by Virginia Lee and Reggie Blount

2:30 Reimaging the Voices of Immigrant Children Through Storytelling and Art 

Omari Booker, artist and organizer, and Karla McKanders, immigration lawyer and Vanderbilt Divinity School student, will facilitate discussion on their new children’s book on migration stories of immigrant children

3:15 Building Up a New World: The Children’s Defense Fund and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry

Discussion facilitated by Shannon Daley-Harris, Director of CDF’s Proctor Institute, and Eileen W. Lindner, Proctor Institute Theologian-in-Residence

6:30 From Murder to Mercy 

Introduction to documentary about Cyntoia Brown, led by Charlene Sinclair

6:45 Viewing of “From Murder to Mercy”
8:15 Art Interlude 

Charlene Sinclair

8:25 Panel Discussion of “From Murder to Mercy”

Charlene Sinclair moderator
Rahim Buford, Nashville Community Bail Fund and Unheard Voices Outreach
Travis Claybrooks and Ashlee Sellars, Raphah Institute

8:55 Closing

Thursday, July 23
9:00am-12:00pm ET

9:00 Welcome

Greg Ellison II, Fearless Dialogues, Candler School of Theology and author, Fearless Dialogues, Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men, editor, Anchored in the Current: Discovering Howard Thurman as Educator, Activist, Guide and Prophet

9:15 Panel: Anchored in the Current: Discovering Howard Thurman as Educator, Activist, Guide and Prophet

Greg Ellison II, moderator

Parker Palmer, Founder, Center for Courage and Renewal

Liza Rankow, Pacific School of Religion and OneLife Institute

Matthew Williams, President of the Interdenominational Theological Center

Luther Smith, Jr., Pan Methodist Campaign for Children

10:15 Art Interlude

Patrick Reyes, Forum for Theological Exploration and author of Nobody Cries When We Die: God, Community and Surviving to Adulthood 

10:30 Panel: Another Way: Living and Leading Change on Purpose

Patrick Reyes, Forum for Theological Exploration, moderator

Matthew Williams, President of the Interdenominational Theological Center (FTE)

Dori Baker, Senior Fellow with FTE and co-founder of The Listening Freedom School

Stephen Lewis, President of the Forum for Theological Exploration

(All co-authors of Another Way)

11:15 Art, Culture and Social Change

Damien Durr, Executive Pastor of Community Development, Friendship-West Baptist Church, Brandon McCormack, Department of Pan-African Studies, Louisville University, and Bryan Eason, public school teacher, former Children’s Defense Fund Ella Baker Trainer

11:45 Closing

Shively Smith, Assistant Professor of New Testament, Boston University School of Theology

2020 Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute and Dale Andrews Freedom Seminary Reading List
Recommended Books by 2020 Proctor Leaders

Baldwin, Lewis and Victor Anderson, editors.  (2018) Revives My Soul Again: The Spirituality of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Blount, Reginald and Virginia Lee, editors. (2019)  Let Your Light Shine: Mobilizing for Justice with Children and Youth, A Reader.

Daley-Harris, Shannon.  (2016) Hope for the Future: Answering God’s Call to Justice for Our Children.

Edelman, Marian Wright. (1999Z)  Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors.

Ellison II, Gregory (2020)  Anchored in the Current: Discovering Howard Thurman as Educator, Activist, Guide and Prophet; (2017) Fearless Dialogues: A New Movement for Justice. (2013) Cut Dead but Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men.

Fluker, Walter. (2018) The Ground Has Shifted: The Future of the Black Church in Post-Racial America. (2009) Ethical Leadership: The Quest for Character, Civility and Community.

Flunder, Yvette. (2005) Where the Edge Gathers: Building a Community of Radical Inclusion.

Haga, Kazu. (2020) Healing Resistance: A Radically Different Response to Harm.

Lewis, Stephen, Matthew Williams, Dori Baker (2020) Another Way: Living and Leading Change on Purpose

Moss, III, Otis.  (2015)  Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul World: Finding Hope in an Age of Despair. with David Maxwell, (2016) Race in a Post-Obama America: The Church Responds.

Myers, Ched and Elaine Enns.  (2009)  Ambassadors of Reconciliation, Volume I:  New Testament Reflections on Restorative Justice and PeacemakingVolume II:  Diverse Christian Practices of Restorative Justice and Peacemaking.

Palmer, Parker.  (2018) On the Brink of Everything.  (1999) Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation.

Reyes, Patrick. (2016) Nobody Cries When We Die: God, Community, and Surviving to Adulthood.

Smith, Shively. (2016) Strangers to Family: Diaspora and I Peter’s Invention of God’s Household.

Smith Jr., Luther. (2007) Intimacy and Mission: Intentional Community as Crucible for Radical Discipleship.  (2007R) Howard Thurman: The Mystic as Prophet.

Wolf, Janet. (2019) Practicing Resurrection: The Gospel of Mark and Radical Discipleship

Proctor participants qualify for a 40% discount for Anchored in the Stream if you pre-order and use the promo code ANCHORED. Use this link to order.

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