Opening Day Monday includes a pre-session for seminarians at 9 a.m., registration beginning at noon, orientation for first-time participants at 2 p.m., walking tours, choir rehearsal, and the formal start at 7:15 p.m. with a welcome and the Great Preacher series.
Meditations for the Journey, this optional early morning gathering led by Dr. Frederick J. Streets, Proctor co-chaplain-in-residence, generates deep reflection, feeds the spirit, and offers new perspective on the work behind and the work ahead. Come see why this special time leaves participants especially renewed, even though they arose earlier than the others!
Morning Devotions preached by Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., and Dr. Otis Moss III, Proctor Institute Co-Pastors in Residence, get the day started with powerful, prophetic preaching. You’ll be especially moved by the unique experience of hearing this father-son team preach together on Wednesday morning, as well as by hearing their distinctive sermons on Tuesday and Thursday.
Theology and Child Advocacy plenaries follow, engaging us in thinking critically, reflecting deeply, and connecting our faith, work, and justice for children as we are led by Dr. Eileen W. Lindner, Proctor Theologian in Residence and author of Thus Far on the Way: Toward a Theology of Child Advocacy (Tuesday); by Dr. Lewis V. Baldwin, Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at Vanderbilt School of Divinity and author most recently of Revives My Soul Again: The Spirituality of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Wednesday); and by Dr. Teresa Delgado, Director of Peace and Justice Studies and Professor at Iona College and author of A Puerto Rican Decolonial Theology: Prophesy Freedom (Thursday).
Children and Justice Plenaries focus on continuing, urgent challenges facing children and families in our nation that call us to pursue justice persistently and faithfully. Tuesday, “The Sea is So Wide: Ending the Mass Criminalization of Children of Color” will feature Cadeem Gibbs, former member former member of CDF’s Nashville Organizing Team and featured in the documentary Rikers, and others; Wednesday, “The Measure of Our Success: Transforming Our Nation’s Priorities and Ending Child Poverty,” will feature Peter B. Edelman, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy and Faculty Director, Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown Law, Rev. Starsky Wilson, President and CEO of the Deaconess Foundation and Co-Chair of the Ferguson Commission, and a young person, in a conversation moderated by Bharti Wahi, Executive Director of CDF Minnesota; Thursday, “I’m Your Child: Ending Cruelty to Immigrant Children and Families” will feature Bishop Minerva Carcano, Bishop of the San Francisco Area of The United Methodist Church, Rev. John Fife, founder of the Sanctuary Movement and No More Deaths, and a young person, in a conversation moderated by Cheasty Anderson, Senior Policy Associate, Children’s Defense Fund-Texas; and Friday, “Lanterns: Building an Intergenerational Movement” will feature Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, and young voices, in conversation with civil rights hero Rev. Jim Lawson—whom Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called “the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world.”
The Great Preacher Series ends each day with the Word and words of Bishop Yvette Flunder, Founder and Senior Pastor of the City of Refuge United Church of Christ in San Francisco (Monday); Dr. Wil Gafney, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School (Tuesday); Dr. Corey D.B. Walker, Visiting Professor at the University of Richmond (Wednesday); Dr. Keri Day, Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religion at Princeton Theological Seminary (Thursday).
Throughout worship, and throughout the week, we are led in song by Dr. Eli Wilson, Proctor’s minister of music, and Don Lewis, Proctor’s organist. The all-are-welcome Resurrection Choir sings from the first night to the final morning. You’ll be lifted by this special opportunity to add your voice to the choir, as music fills the ark-shaped interfaith chapel designed by Maya Lin and spills out onto the portico and green fields beyond.
Late Night Open Mic
While some head to their hotels after the evening Great Preacher Series concludes at 8:45 p.m., others are energized by the day and brimming with something to share, to say, to sing. Proctor’s Late Night Open Mic is a time and place to share those gifts with others!