CDF’s 2022 Proctor Institute
“Raising Democracy by Resurrecting Hope”
July 18–21, 2022
July 18–21, 2022
CHILDREN’S POLICY & POWER PLENARY SESSIONS
July 19, 2022
“This Is What Democracy Looks Like: Discerning and Describing Multiracial Democracy”
Dr. Nadia E. Brown, Professor of Government, Chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Georgetown University
Rev. Dr. Earle Fisher, Founder, #UPTheVote901 and Convener, Memphis People’s Convention
Youth and Young Adult: Andrew B. Pierce II, John Glenn College of Public Affairs
Tracy Najera, State Director, Children’s Defense Fund–Ohio
July 20, 2022
“Let America Be America Again: Why the Democratic Process Gives Us Pause”
Rev. Dr. Obery Hendricks, author of Christians Against Christianity: How Right-Wing Evangelicals Are Destroying Our Nation and Our Faith
Charlene A. Carruthers, political strategist, cultural worker and PhD student in the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University
Youth/Young Adult: Divine Savell McAllister, Jr., DC Dream Center, CDF Freedom Schools
Patrick Bresette, State Director, Children’s Defense Fund–Texas
July 21, 2022
“The Four: Prophetic Resistance Podcast”
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ
Lisa Sharon Harper, prolific speaker, writer and activist
Rev. Michael-Ray Matthews, Deputy Director and Chief Faith Officer, Faith in Action
Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, public theologian, author and preacher
EARLY AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS (2 P.M.–3:30 P.M.)
“‘A Little Child Shall Lead Them:’ Early Childhood Development” (Tues.)
In 2019, center-based childcare for an infant cost more than public college tuition in twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia. Meanwhile, the number of children receiving publicly funded child care subsidies has decreased by more than 430,000 since 2006. Major Western faith traditions tie small children, their presence, and their nurture with hope and future of the community. In Isaiah 11:6 a peaceable and thriving future is ushered in by a flourishing infant. Gain tools for connecting early childhood data to theological concepts to embolden your faith community’s advocacy for young children.
Oleta Garrett Fitzgerald – Children’s Defense Fund Southern Regional Director and Sheri Brady – CDF VP Programming
“A Pandemic Within a Pandemic: Raising Children and Racial Unrest” (Wed.)
This is workshop will address the impact the pandemic has had on families and how it intersects social issues that are often experienced as pandemics within vulnerable communities and the significance in engaging trauma-informed care with parents/caretakers.
Gregory C. Ellison II, PhD, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Candler School of Theology in conversation with parents and children
“Arts, Culture, and Child Well-Being Theology” (Tues. and Wed.; youth track, ages 14–18)
This workshop is designed to center the views and voices of youth people to envision together the intersection of art, culture, and a child-welling being theology. Ages 12 and up welcome to come explore with us.
Rev. Damien Durr and Rev. Dr Michael Brandon McCormick
“CDF Freedom Schools®: A Culturally Responsive Curriculum for Black and Brown Children” (Tues.)
An overview of freedom school and the freedom school curriculum and its effectiveness on literacy and culture.
Dr. Kristal Clemons– National Director of Freedom School, Keely Norris, Ed.S. Director of Training Initiatives, CDF Freedom Schools, Shaquité L. Pegues, M.Ed , Director of Ella Baker Leadership Development; Sr. Program Associate – CDF Marlboro County, SC
“CDF Freedom Schools®: Bringing the Model to Your Campus, Faith-Based Organization, or Community” (Tues.)
Hear from the executive directors of Freedom Schools at Garrett/Evanston, IL and Wake Forest/ Winston-Salem, NC about how to begin, plan, collaborate, organize, and host a Freedom Schools program in your community.
Reginald Blount, PhD, Murray H. Leiffer Associate Professor of Formation, Leadership and Culture Director, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary; Virginia Lee, PhD, Associate Professor of Christian Education and Director of Deacon Studies, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary; Dani Parker-Moore, PhD, Assistant Professor of Multicultural Education and Director of the Schools, Education, and Society Minor, Wake Forest
“Healing Our Children Through Trauma-Informed Care” (Tues.)
This workshop will provide an overview of child trauma, the importance of understanding how trauma impacts the lives of children, and the significance of engaging trauma-informed care with children and youth. he lives of children, and the significance of utilizing trauma-informed care with children and youth.
Reverend Lorena M. Parrish, PhD, Associate Professor of Urban Ministries and Director, Community Engagement Institute and Center for Public Theology, Wesley Theological Seminary
“The Black Messiah: Preaching a Radical Vision of Community” (Wed.)
Drawing from his research in, Reverend Albert Cleage Jr. and the Black Prophetic Tradition: A Reintroduction of The Black Messiah, will explore the role of revolutionary public rhetoric for building movements for social transformation. Participants will gain insight and approaches to reclaiming this tradition in their respective contexts.
Rev. Dr. Earle Fisher, Senior Pastor, Abyssinian Missionary Baptist Church, Memphis, TN
“Organizing a Children’s Sabbath as a Catalyst for Change” (Wed.)
Workshop description: 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 2022 Children’s Sabbath.
Bridgit Hurly, Eric Brown, Becca Davis, PhD; Kercena Dozier – State Director in NY (moderator)
“To Make a Rest of Motion: Safe Space for Reflections on the Day” (Tues., Wed.)
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.
Rev. Dr. Emma Jordan-Simpson and Rev. Candance Simpson
“Strategies for Creating Centers That Impact the Community” (Wed.)
This workshop will present strategies to create centers on university campuses that engage in community-facing work and/or work for the public good. Workshop participants will discuss ways these centers can promote synergy between the university, religious institutions, and the local community to address social and political challenges. Emphasis will be placed on mobilizing centers and university resources for the good of the community through engagement and collaboration. Particularly, workshop participants will consider the role these centers can take in promoting awareness and collaboration to address issues related to food insecurity.
Dr. Derek S. Hicks, Associate Professor of Religion and Culture at Wake Forest University School of Divinity
LATE AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS (4:00 P.M.–5:30 P.M.)
“Building the Movement and Healing Our Bodies” (Tues.)
Trauma and stress are embodied. Come practice some movements that helps to move negative energy out of your body. Participants will be engaged in a multilevel experience of liberation arts through yoga and dance. All ages welcome.
Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagan-Banks, Executive Director, A Just Harvest
“Continuing the Conversation” (Tues., Wed.)
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.
Plenary Speakers: Nadia Brown, PhD (Tuesday); Obery Hendricks, PhD (Wednesday)
“Intergenerational Conversation on Beloved Community” (Wed.)
Come join in this time of informal, intergenerational listening and learning from each other imaging together what Beloved Community looks and feels like.
Revs. Dorsey Blake and Vahisha Hasan
“Music for Our Movement” – Choir Rehearsal (Tues., Wed.)
All are welcome to participate in the Resurrection Choir under the direction of Dr Tony McNeil, Proctor’s Ministers of Music. Rehearsals are held in the Lodge each evening. The choir sings at the evening Great Preacher Series worship and Morning Devotions. It is never too late to join in, so if you are inspired by the choir on the first night, join for the next!
Dr. Tony McNeill
Dr. Khyle Wooten
“Praying With Our Feet: A Theology of Organizing” (Tues.)
A theological lens on why faith-based leaders/groups should be organizing in the community.
Rev. Teresa Smallwood, PhD, The James Franklin Kelly and Hope Eyster Kelly Associate Professor of Public Theology, United Lutheran Seminary and Gus Newport
“The ‘How to’ of Registration, Education, and Mobilization” (Wed.)
This workshop will give you the “how to” information you need to prepare your congregation and community for the November elections.
Rev. Dr. Teresa Smallwood, Esq., The James Franklin Kelly and Hope Eyster Kelly Associate Professor of Public Theology, United Lutheran Seminary
“‘To Make a Rest of Motion:’ Safe Space for Reflections on the Day” (Tues., Wed.)
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, attendees have heard, seen, and felt things that touch different and deep places in the heart and mind. This workshop offers time and a 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.
Rev. Dr. Emma Jordan Simpson, President, Auburn Theological Seminary, and Candace Simpson, Lead Writer and Curriculum Designer, Fish Sandwich Heaven
“Fulfilling the Promise of the Poor People’s Campaign: Universal Basic Income and Children’s Defense Fund” (Wed.)
Please join CDF-NY staff including youth leaders for a discussion on universal basic income. Learn how economic justice tools like this, sometimes known as direct transfer or guaranteed income, can be used to end poverty and support organizing efforts for young people aging out of foster care. Hear directly from impacted youth about their vision for UBI and the path they see for change.
(NYC Staff) Kercena A. Dozier, Executive Director; Jose A. Perez, Project Manager; Embraia Fraizer, Youth Action Researcher; Justin Mercado, Youth Action Researcher; Maria E. Caba, Youth Leadership and Advocacy Manager