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28th Annual CDF Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute
for Child Advocacy Ministry

“Raising Democracy by Resurrecting Hope”

July 18-21, 2022

Movement building is hard work. We can’t do it alone. One generation alone can’t get it done. We need each other, and we need deep spiritual sustenance to keep going and create the just world our children deserve. The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)’s Proctor Institute is where we can sing and pray, strategize and struggle, organize and advocate. It’s where we can share our stories—our hurts and hopes, pain and passion for justice—in Beloved Community. The Proctor Institute refreshes and renews us so we can continue the hard, hopeful, sacred work of pursuing justice for children and ending child poverty.

This year, CDF’s 2022 Proctor Institute will be back on the storied grounds of CDF Haley Farm, the spiritual home of the children’s movement. Sessions will be accessible online for those who prefer to join us virtually. We welcome those of any or no religious affiliation to participate in this wonderful and beloved annual offering from Children’s Defense Fund. We hope to see you there!

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“If you want the opportunity and the chance to meet, hear, and see history in the making, come to this Institute. It opens your mind, heart, and soul to issues you didn’t think were important or relevant and drives you to do more and better.”

Joi Adams, first-time participant

“Haley is a place to rest and renew your spirit, challenge your faith, establish friendships with kindred spirits, hear great preaching, and then be ready and willing to go home and speak out and stand up for children!”

Steve Wiard, nine-year participant

“Proctor is a loud voice in the wilderness that reminds me that grace abounds. It will inspire you and renew your hope and reassure your spirit of the fact that the world is in the capable hands of our young people.”

First-time participant

“If you care about the plight of children and the future of this country, you must come and learn to be an advocate for the rights of all God’s children!”

The Rev. Dr. Robert E. Walker, Jr.

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CDF’s 2022 Proctor Institute

Schedule of Events

CDF’s 2022 Proctor Institute offers 16 workshop options on Tuesday, July 19 and Wednesday, July 20, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Choose two (2) each day to build your organizing skills, deepen your understanding of policy concerns, discover programs and strategies to try back home, and share your perspectives on justice, community, children, and the work to which we are called.

Note: check back for updates! Workshop information will be posted soon.

Monday, July 18
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8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast for Guest Lodging on Farm, CDF Staff and Volunteers
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pre-Session for Seminarians
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Participant Check-in
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch for Early Arrivals
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Freedom School Children and Parents/Caregivers Orientation
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Guided Walking Tour/Virtual Tour
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Rehearsal for the Resurrection Choir
5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Welcome and Opening Session with Rev. Dr. Wilson, video – Rev. Dr. Samuel DeWitt Proctor
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Great Preacher Series
Tuesday, July 19
6:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in Area Hotels
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast for Guest Lodging on Farm, CDF Staff and Volunteers
7:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Meditations for the Journey (optional)
8:45 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. Morning Devotions – led by Pastor in Residence
9:25 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Resurrection Hope: Faith and Theology Study Session
10:55 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Children’s Policy & Power Plenary
12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Social Action
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 4 Afternoon Workshops – 90 min workshop, 30 min break/transition
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 4 Late Afternoon Workshops – 90 min workshop, 30 min break/transition
6:00 p.m. -7:15 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Great Preacher Series
9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. After Worship Gathering (optional)
Wednesday, July 20
6:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in Area Hotels
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast for Guest Lodging on Farm, CDF Staff and Volunteers
7:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Meditations for the Journey (optional)
8:45 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. Morning Devotions – led by Pastor in Residence
9:25 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Resurrection Hope: Faith and Theology Study Session
10:55 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Children’s Policy & Power Plenary
12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Social Action
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 4 Afternoon Workshops – 90 min workshop, 30 min break/transition
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 4 Late Afternoon Workshops – 90 min workshop, 30 min break/transition
6:00 p.m. -7:15 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Great Preacher Series
9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. After Worship Gathering (optional)
Thursday, July 21
6:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in Area Hotels
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast for Guest Lodging on Farm, CDF Staff and Volunteers
8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Children’s Policy & Power Plenary – Otis’ Dream
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Closing Charge and Celebration and Freedom School Children’s Presentation
12:00 p.m. Box Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. DAFS: Post Session
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Additional Information for Attendees Bringing Children

CDF’s Proctor Institute is proud to provide children ages five through 15 a formative and enriching experience through an abbreviated CDF Freedom Schools program right on site! You can preregister your child for the Proctor Freedom Schools program when you register for the event.

For more information, please visit our Proctor Institute CDF Freedom Schools page.

Proctor CDF Freedom Schools

Additional Information for Seminarians

Proctor Institute offers an opportunity for seminarians, doctoral students, and undergraduates to participate for course credit. In addition, we offer community organizers interested in theological reflections and dialogue a course track as well.  These individuals can attend what’s known as Proctor Institute’s Dale P. Andrews Freedom Seminary (DAFS). DAFS sessions take place Monday, July 18, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. At the conclusion, DAFS, seminarians will then join in CDF’s Proctor Institute main sessions for the remainder of the week.

Those who are interested in registering for the credit-bearing graduate course must sign up through their seminaries and universities (to pay for and receive credit hours) and register for CDF’s Proctor Institute (including the seminary sessions).

Please visit our seminarians page for detailed information on participating seminaries, seminary faculty and co-facilitators, as well as course descriptions, core components, and requirements.

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Logistics

Proctor Institute registrants who are attending in person are responsible for planning their own lodging and the majority of their transportation to/from Haley Farm. Please visit our logistics page for detailed information about arrivals and departures, transportation, housing, the CDF shuttle, and our cancellation policy, to help you plan your visit.

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Proctor Institute attendees are responsible for their own airfare and lodging. Please refer to the full logistics page for detailed information.

Scholarship Applications

Lindner Fellows Scholarships: A Lindner Fellows Scholarship Fund, established in honor of Rev. Dr. Eileen W. Lindner, Proctor Theologian in Residence, supports future leadership in the children’s movement. Each year, the Lindner Fellows Scholarship grants financial support to three recipients to attend the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute, covering the cost of registration and hotel. Additionally, while at Proctor Lindner Fellows will have opportunities to confer as a cohort and meet with Rev. Lindner. Honoring Dr. Lindner’s work as a pastor, an ecumenical leader, and mentor, each year, the three annual Lindner Fellows grants will be awarded to:

  • A pastor,
  • A person serving in an ecumenical organization, and
  • A person in the first five years of their professional life.

If you meet one or more of these criteria, complete the online application by May 17th.

The Student and Youth Proctor Scholarship supports future leadership in the children’s movement at Proctor.  Youth and students are encouraged to join us at Proctor as we engage and fellowship around a theology of child well-being.  This year we will financially support youth (ages 14-18) and seminarians (enrolled in accredited undergrad or graduate degree) to attend the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute, covering the cost of registration and hotel.  Applications are due by June 1, 2022.  Awardees will be contacted by June 15, 2022.

If you have questions about this scholarship opportunity, or experience technical difficulties, please contact Rev. Cherisna Jean-Marie at cjeanmarie@childrensdefense.org.

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