Creating the Children’s Movement: Late Afternoon Options

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (4:15-6:15 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Sing, dance, draw, tell stories, heal, process, reflect, converse. Late afternoons at CDF’s Proctor Institute offer opportunities to do that and more.  Ten late afternoon options give you a chance to reflect, express, and engage. Some of the sessions include artistic outcomes that will be incorporated into our Friday morning celebration of worship and commitment.  Artists, activists, advocates, story-tellers, spiritual leaders, and singers—together we are creating the children’s movement.

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! (4:15 – 5:15 p.m.)

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

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.

Tuesday: Continuing the Conversation with… Cadeem Gibbs

Wednesday: Continuing the Conversation with… Peter Edelman, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy, Georgetown Law Center; Rev. Starsky Wilson, President and C.E.O., The Deaconess Foundation; and Bharti Wahi, Executive Director of CDF Minnesota

Peter Edelman

Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy, Faculty Director

Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown Law

    Thursday: Continuing the Conversation with… Cheasty Anderson, Senior Policy Associate, CDF-Texas, Bishop Minerva Carcaño, Bishop of the San Francisco Area of The United Methodist Church, and Rev. John Fife, Co-Founder of the Sanctuary Movement and No More Deaths, Tucson, AZ

    Keeping Children Safely with Family

    Getting Help to Families Early (Tuesday)

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    Co-facilitated by MaryLee Allen, CDF Director of Policy and Dr. Mary Love, Adjunct Professor of Christian Education, Hood Theological Seminary.

    Dr. Mary Love

    Adjunct Professor of Christian Education

    Hood Theological Seminary

      Engaging Kin in Multiple Ways (Wednesday)

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      Co-facilitated by MaryLee Allen, CDF Director of Policy and Bianca Bennett, Foster Club.

      Supporting Foster Parents to Better Improve Children’s Well-Being (Thursday)

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      Co-facilitated by MaryLee Allen, CDF Director of Policy.

      Children’s Defense Fund Initiatives

      Organizing a Children’s Sabbath as a Catalyst for Change (Tuesday)

      Learn how you can engage your congregation in the National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths celebration, a nation-wide multifaith weekend of worship, education, and action to generate year-round change for children. This will be an interactive workshop generating practical planning strategies and creative ideas for worship, education, outreach, and advocacy that you can take back to your congregation and community to engage them in the 2018 Children’s Sabbath.

      Facilitated by the Rev. Shannon Daley-Harris, CDF Senior Religious Adviser and Proctor Institute Director.

      Liberating Sunday School: Freedom School Curriculum as Foundations for Faith Formation (Wednesday)

      The Story of God’s amazing love, transforming grace and bold call to faithful engagement in the world is witnessed throughout scripture. Too often it drowned out by a passionless Sunday school curriculum and a numbed approach to teaching. Let’s explore what is possible when we create relevant and dynamic educational experiences in the church where the liberating grace and love of God is made real by engaging the foundations of Freedom School. In Sunday School and beyond, let’s form faith so that it reorients the way we understand ourselves, our priorities and the ways we live our faith in the world.

      Facilitated by Dr. Rebecca Davis

      Organizing a Children’s Sabbath as a Catalyst for Change (Thursday)

      Learn how you can engage your congregation in the National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths celebration, a nation-wide multifaith weekend of worship, education, and action to generate year-round change for children. This will be an interactive workshop generating practical planning strategies and creative ideas for worship, education, outreach and advocacy that you can take back to your congregation and community to engage them in the 2018 Children’s Sabbath.

      Facilitated by the Rev. Shannon Daley-Harris, CDF Senior Religious Adviser and Proctor Institute Director.

      Participatory Bible Study: Theology from the Inside Out

      All My Children: Fierce Momma Confronts Narrow Theology (Tuesday)

      Join us for participatory immersion into the Mark 7: 24-30 (Matthew 15:21-28) story of the Syrophoenician woman and her daughter to explore theology in partnership with those pushed by systemic injustices until their backs are against the wall (a phrase from Howard Thurman).

      Facilitated by Dr. Leah Gunning Francis and Dr. Janet Wolf

      Dr. Janet Wolf

      Director of Public Theology and Nonviolent Organizing

      Children’s Defense Fund

        The Lord’s Prayer: Roadmap for a Liberative Faith and Practice (Wednesday)

        We know this prayer “by heart”—but does that prevent us from hearing it as “marching orders” every time we pray it?  We’ll look together at Luke’s version (Lk 11:1-4)—the Revised Common Lectionary text for July 28th—as a brilliant “concise catechism” of key justice themes in the Hebrew Bible.  How do we honor the Exodus God as “undomesticate-able”?  What are the political and economic visions of the Kingdom, and how do we practice them (or not)?  And how are these same themes reflected in the story of Jesus’ temptations—and our own?  Bring your Bibles and a readiness to take a fresh look at a familiar text.

        Facilitated by Ched Myers, Co-Director of Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries

        Ched Myers

        Co-director

        Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries

          Listening into Life: Persistent Papa Redefines Ministry  (Thursday)

          Listening into Life: Persistent Papa Redefines Ministry
          Join us in this participatory immersion into the Mark 9:14-27 story of the father who brings his son to the disciples as we explore collaboration to redefine ministry and faith leadership through the lens of the sacrality of every child.

          Facilitated by Aisha Gordon (invited) and Dr. Janet Wolf

          Dr. Janet Wolf

          Director of Public Theology and Nonviolent Organizing

          Children’s Defense Fund

            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 yosoyhomeboy and yosoyhomeboy jr.

            Dr. Patrick B. Reyes

            Director of Strategic Partnerships for Doctoral Initiatives

            Forum for Theological Exploration

              Arts, Culture, and Social Change

              This session will highlight the intersection of art, music and social activism in its various forms. We will explore the multiple ways these mediums not only convey messages and create meaning but also how through an intentional integrated approach they can be used to ignite personal and collective revolution.

              Facilitated by Omari Booker, Nashville studio artist , Rev. Damien Durr, Executive Pastor, Friendship West Baptist Church, Dallas, TX; Dr. Brandon McCormack, Assistant Professor, Department of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville, Ndume Olatushani, Consultant to CDF, and Bryan Eason, musician, activist and teacher

              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; Min. Candace Simpson, Faith and Justice Educator for the United Methodist Women and Associate Minister, Concord Baptist Church of Christ; 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.

              Rev. Will Gipson

              Associate Vice Provost for Equity and Access

              University of Pennsylvania

                Intergenerational Conversation

                Come join in this time of informal, intergenerational listening and learning from each other, facilitated by Ash-Lee Henderson, Co-Executive Director of Highlander Research and Education Center.

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