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“Listening to the Children: A Radical Revolution of Values”

Matthew 19:14, Mark 10:14, Luke 18:16

Nina Simone: “To Be Young, Gifted and Black”

2021 Graduate Intensive, Children’s Defense Fund’s Dale P. Andrews Freedom Seminary

and CDF’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry

All tracks will meet together except for initial small group discussions on July 7

UndergraduateEricka Dunbar, Visiting Professor of Hebrew Bible at Payne Theological Seminary

OrganizersChed Myers, activist theologian, popular educator, author, and Charlene Sinclair, Founder/Director of the Center for Race, Religion and Economic Democracy

SeminaryVictor Anderson, Oberlin Theological Professor of Ethics and Society, Vanderbilt Divinity School; Professor of the Program in African American and Diaspora Studies and Religious Studies, Vanderbilt University and Lorena Parrish, Associate Professor of Urban Ministry and Director of the Institute for Community Engagement, Wesley Theological Seminary, Director, Wesley’s Children and Youth Ministry and Advocacy Certificate Program

DoctoralBec Davis, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Charlotte, Associate Professor of Christian Education, founding chair of Presbyterian Child Advocacy Network

Schedule

Wednesday, July 7, 5:30-8:30 ET

5:30     Welcome – Victor Anderson, Oberlin Theological Professor of Ethics and Society, Vanderbilt Divinity School; Professor of the Program in African American and Diaspora Studies and Religious Studies, Vanderbilt University, and Bec Davis, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Charlotte, Associate Professor of Christian Education, founding chair of Presbyterian Child Advocacy Network

5:40     Grounding: Seminary, Sanctuary, Soil and the Streets – Derek Hicks, Associate Professor of Religion and Culture, Wake Forest University School of Divinity; Director, Center for Research, Engagement and Collaboration in African American Life (RECALL)

6:10     Community agreement – Charlene Sinclair, Founder/Director of the Center for Race, Religion and Economic Democracy

6:20     Introduce small group work – Patrick Reyes, Senior Director of Learning Design, Forum for Theological Exploration

6:30     Small groups meet by track

7:20     Break

7:35     Virginia Lee, Associate Professor of Christian Education and Director of Deacon Studies, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary;  and Reggie Blount, Assistant Professor of Formation, Youth and Culture, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary; pastor of Amett Chapel AME Church, Chicago.  Facilitated discussion of the DAFS book they edited,  Let Your Light Shine: Mobilizing for Justice with Children and Youth. 

Monday, July 19, 12-3:30 ET 

12:00   Welcome – Elaine Enns, Restorative justice practitioner and trainer and Ched Myers, activist theologian, popular educator, author. Ched and Elaine are co-founders of Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries

12:15   Book discussions by authors : choose one (you will have a 2nd choice the next day)

Healing Haunted Histories: Elaine Enns and Ched Myers
The Purpose GapPatrick Reyes

1:15     Break

1:30     ”Glory”

1:35     A Theology of Child Advocacy – Will Gipson, Associate Vice Provost for Equity and Access, University of Pennsylvania, with Eileen Lindner, Presbyterian pastor, author of Thus Far on the Way: Toward a Theology of Child Advocacy

2:00     “When They See Us” with Rahim Buford, manager of the Nashville Community Bail Fund and founder of Unheard Voices Outreach;  Ericka Dunbar, Visiting Professor of Hebrew Bible at Payne Theological Seminary and Lorena Parrish, Associate Professor of Urban Ministry and Director of the Institute for Community Engagement, Wesley Theological Seminary, Director, Wesley’s Children and Youth Ministry and Advocacy Certificate Program; Ashlee Sellars,  Restorative Justice Diversion Program Coordinator, Raphah Institute

2:40     Ten small groups (across tracks) meet with facilitators 

Monday, July 19, 5:30-8:30 ET 

5:30     “Don’t Give Up on Me” video

5:35     Welcome and Introduction of author – Bec Davis, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Charlotte, Associate Professor of Christian Education, founding chair of Presbyterian Child Advocacy Network

5:45     Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God  with author,  Kelly Brown Douglas,  Canon Theologian, National Cathedral, and Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary 

6:30     “Radical Kinship: The Art of Making Kin” with Slam Trujillo and his son, Cruz Trujillo, spoken word artists, poets, organizers, part of the Homeboy Industries family 

7:10     Break

7:20     “Backs Against the Wall Theology” – Patrick Reyes, author of Nobody Cries When We Die: God, Community and Surviving to Adulthood, and The Purpose Gap, with Charlene Sinclair, Founder/Director of the Center for Race, Religion and Economic Democracy

8:00     “Feral Child” – Chirag Menon (Chee Malabar), Los Angeles based rapper, writer, immigrant and organizer

8:15     Elaine Enns, Restorative justice practitioner and trainer with Ched Myers, activist theologian, popular educator

Tuesday, July 20, 12-3:30 ET

12:00   Welcome – Greg Ellison, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Candler School of Theology; founder, Fearless Dialogues

12:10   “Listening to the Sound of the Genuine” – Greg Ellison with Tavares Stephens, poet, spoken word artist, Associate Pastor at St. James UMC; co-founder, Veral Eyze

12:30   Book discussions with authors/editor:  choose one you did not attend yesterday

Healing Haunted HistoriesElaine Enns and Ched Myers
The Purpose GapPatrick Reyes
Anchored in the CurrentGreg Ellison

1:30     Break

1:40     Redefining Christian Education: Mary Love, Adjunct Professor of Christian Education, Hood Theological Seminary and Bec Davis, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Charlotte, Associate Professor of Christian Education, founding chair of Presbyterian Child Advocacy Network

2:05     “Black Boys” and “Black Beauty” – Lorena Parrish, Associate Professor of Urban Ministry and Director of the Institute for Community Engagement, Wesley Theological Seminary, Director, Wesley’s Children and Youth Ministry and Advocacy Certificate Program and Ben Sanders, Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics, Eden Theological Seminary

2:30     Small groups from July 19 meet with facilitators

Join CDF’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry sessions:

Tuesday, July 20, 5:30-8:30 p.m. ET

Wednesday, July 21, 12-3:30 and 5:30-8:30 p.m. ET

Thursday, July 22, 12-3:30 and 5:30-8:30 p.m. ET

Additional Information

CDF’s website: https://staging.childrensdefense.org/programs/faith-based/samuel-dewitt-proctor-institute/proctor-event-page/

Course Description and Core Components:

This course offers an immersion experience for students who wish to engage and cultivate necessary prophetic voices with communities on the margins – communities contending against systemic injustices that directly impact children and youth. Biblical and theological assumptions justifying institutional complicity with oppressive systems will be challenged. Theological education in collaboration with public theology and contextual practice allow for direct engagement in communal struggles for social justice. This course will include contextual learning to facilitate collective organizing of churches and communities for justice-making.

Learning Goal and Learning Objectives:

To reframe and to transform religious leadership in view of the sacrality and integrity of children and youth in our commitments to justice-making. By the end of this immersion experience students will:

  1. Be able to articulate theological, biblical, and historical mandates and frameworks for child advocacy ministries.
  2. Identify theological foundations for justice and preaching ministries in the effort to build partnerships among faith communities and traditions, including interfaith communities.
  1. Demonstrate contextualized learning that includes social analysis, interdisciplinary approaches, (e.g. theological, biblical, historical, political, and experiential studies) and practices of ministry through a final project.
  1. Be able to describe models of nonviolent direct action organizing that lead to collective action for the justice of God through congregational praxis and public theology.

Questions we will explore include:

  1. Who are we in justice work, God’s work, in our communities? How are we advocates for a plumbline of justice in our communities? How do we measure justice?
  2. What structures perpetuate poverty, mass incarceration, white supremacy, and other forms of systemic oppression?
  3. What theologies perpetuate poverty, mass incarceration, white supremacy, and oppression?
  4. How can we move faith communities from charity to justice?
  5. How can we develop strong and effective interfaith partnerships to seek justice for all of our children?
  6. How do we listen to and learn from and with young people? What can we learn from their stories and leadership?
  7. How can we work through collective nonviolent direct action organizing to disrupt and dismantle the cradle to prison pipeline?
  8. How do we become partners WITH instead of planning programs FOR young people who are wounded by the structural violence of poverty, white supremacy, inequitable public education, zero tolerance discipline policies, and the cradle to prison pipeline?

Course Requirements and Evaluation:

  1. Attendance and participation are essential for the success of the student and the course. Students are expected to actively participate in all sessions. Some professors may require that students keep daily reflection notes in a journal.
  2. To familiarize yourself with the Children’s Defense Fund website, the assigned book Let Your Light Shine and five of the assigned videos: “Keep Moving Forward,” “Something Inside So Strong,” “Black Boys” documentary, the introductory video for “When They See us” and the virtual video from the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth – all listed in this syllabus.  What was your response? What was new to you, challenging, troubling, hopeful? When and how do you listen to, learn from and partner with children and youth who are struggling with at the intersection of white supremacy and poverty?  (3 page reflection paper to be turned in to your professor by July 6 or a date defined by your professor)
  3. To engage four of the five required texts through critical reflection. What surprised you? Challenged you?  What did you find most helpful? Disturbing? Prophetic?  How does the reading push you to change, to redefine ministry, to work in new ways? What questions would you like to ask the author? Write a two page reflection paper on each required book – Let Your Light Shine, , Anchored in the Current, Healing Haunted Histories, The Purpose Gap. Be prepared to engage the class and authors/editors. (Five 2-page reflection papers due to professor before July 15 or a date assigned by your professor)
  4. To develop and to present a Final Project Proposal – at the discretion and date set by the instructor of record at your institution. Required elements of the plan must be discussed and approved by your instructor and must articulate your distinctive contribution to the children’s movement.
  5. To produce a final project framed by the course core components, learning goals and objectives, questions we explore, and discussions. This can be a collaborative group project or individual. Due on the date set by the instructor of record at your institution.

Final project must emphasize:

  1. Listening to and learning from and with children and young people on the margins
  2. Working/partnering with those struggling with oppression vs. programs for or to
  3. Addressing systemic, structural oppression vs. individuals only
  4. Engaging in justice rather than charity

Examples of past projects include:

  • Initiating a listening circle and restorative justice process, including a website, to deal with conflict around race/class bias against youth in neighborhood
  • Creating a triptych of paintings with a companion narrative exploring experiences of young people, structures of oppression and possibilities for hope as model for listening to young people and redefining youth ministry
  • Creating an ongoing listening circle process for transgender youth in partnership with a community youth center
  • Designing partnership for work around gardens, food culture, memories and art with young folks and their families near Latino community center
  • Creating booklist, training curriculum and support process for work with parents considering transracial adoptions through local adoption agency
  • Omari Booker and Karla McKanders listened to immigrant children and then wrote a children’s book about what they heard and saw
  • Seminary/Proctor partnership video created for participating seminary

Required Texts – All seminarians will read and review the required five texts, videos and articles and become familiar with the Children’s Defense Fund website. Books are available from CDF’s Haley Farm online bookstore: https://cdfwebstore.com/ Bold indicates author will be participating in Proctor 2021

Blount, Reginald and Virginia Lee, editors. (2019) Let Your Light Shine: Mobilizing for Justice with Children and Youth, A Reader. (Book 1)

Conde-Frazier, Elizabeth. (2011) Listen to the Children: Conversations with Immigrant Families. (Book 2)

Ellison, Gregory, editor (2020) Anchored in the Current (Book 3)

Enns, Elaine and Ched Myers. (2021) Healing Haunted Histories. (Book 4)

Reyes, Patrick. (2021) The Purpose Gap (Book 5)

All students are to engage the following and be ready to discuss in small group:

CDF website: staging.childrensdefense.org including “Keep Moving Forward” video on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBwn9FFR1bZrOkSXyqbmRWA

“Something Inside So Strong” CDF Freedom Schools https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Sj-fpzT2v4

Documentary “Black Boys” https://www.peacocktv.com/watch/asset/movies/documentary/black-boys/0ec3eefe-f60f-3d73-921b-c4307e571a0b

“Don’t Give Up on Me” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KL9qp0FNEzU

“When They See Us”Netflix https://www.netflix.com/title/80200549

At minimum watch this brief introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xI88TN9lFSo

Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth/Incarcerated Children’s Advocacy Network video on VR experience of juveniles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo1gM2LLlIc

Short video about Proctor made by Vanderbilt Divinity School seminarian Quentin Cox: https://1drv.ms/v/s!AqwjhJz01AoNh5RAony1lHCSeBzO2A

We hope you might also read:

Crutchfield, Carmichael. (2020) The Formation of a People: Christian Education and the African American Church.

Garza, Alicia. (2020) The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart.

Kaba, Mariame. (2021) We Do This ‘Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice.

Wimberly, Ann Streaty, Annie Lockhart-Gilroy and Nathaniel West, editors. (2020) From Lament to Advocacy: Black Religious Education and Public Ministry

Additional Resources:

I Am Not Your Negro, http://www.iamnotyournegrofilm.com/

James Baldwin’s “Letters from a Region in My Mind” in the New Yorker, https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1962/11/17/letter-from-a-region-in-my-mind

Suggested Readings and Resources: Those in bold indicate author will be at Proctor 2021

Video: Civil Rights | Watch Makers: Women who Make America on Women in the Civil Rights

Eyes on the Prize documentary series.

Andrews, Dale P. (2002). Practical Theology for Black Churches.

Andrews, Dale P. and Robert London Smith Jr., editors. (2015). Black Practical Theology.

Baldwin, Lewis and Victor Anderson, editors. (2018) Revives My Soul Again: The Spirituality

of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Barber II, William J. (2016) The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and

the Rise of a New Justice Movement.

Brooks, Adrian. (2015) The Right Side of History: 100 Years of LGBTQ Activism.

De La Torre, Miguel.(2018) Burying White Privilege: Resurrecting a Badass Christianity.

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

Children.

Douglas, Kelly Brown. (2015) Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God.

Edelman, Marian Wright. (1993). The Measure of Our Success.

Ellison, Gregory. (2020) Editor, Anchored in the Current; (2017) Fearless Dialogues; (2013).

Cut Dead but Still Alive.

Enns, Elaine and Ched Myers. (2021) Healing Haunted Histories. (2009) Ambassadors of

Reconciliation, Volumes I and II.

Fluker, Walter. (2018) The Ground Has Shifted: The Future of the Black Church in Post-Racial

America.

Francis, Leah Gunning. ((2015) Ferguson & Faith: Sparking Leadership & Awakening

Community.

Harding, Vincent. (2010). Hope and History. (2008). Martin Luther King Jr.: The Inconvenient

Hero.

Harvey, Jennifer. (2019) Raising White Kids.

Heschel, Abraham. (1962, 2001). The Prophets.

Hicks, Derek S. (2012). Reclaiming Spirit in the Black Faith Tradition.

Janssen, Denise, editor. (2015) Educating for Redemptive Community

Khan-Cullors, Patrisse and Asha Bendele. (2017) When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives

Matter Memoir.

Lightsey, Pamela R. (2015) Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology.

Lindner, Eileen. (2006) Thus Far on the Way: Toward a Theology of Child Advocacy.

Marbury, Herbert. (2015). Pillars of Cloud and Fire: The Politics of Exodus in the African

American Quest for Freedom.

Moss III, Otis. (2015) Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul World: Finding Hope in an Age of

Despair

Myers, Ched. With Matthew Colwell. (2012) Our God Is Undocumented: Biblical Faith and

Immigrant Justice.

Parker, Evelyn. (2010). The Sacred Selves of Adolescent Girls: Hard Stories of Race, Class, and

Gender.

Pearse, Angie. (2010). Doing Contextual Theology.

Reyes, Patrick. (2021) The Purpose Gap. (2016) Nobody Cries When We Die: God, Community,

and Surviving to Adulthood.

Ross, Rosetta E. (2003). Witnessing & Testifying.

Secours, Molly. (2020) White Privilege Pop Quiz: Reflecting on Whiteness.

Sheppard, Phillis. (2011). Self, Culture, and Others in Womanist Practical Theology.

Salvatierra, Alexia. (2014) Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the

World

Smith, Linda T. (2012, Revised 2nd ed.). Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous

Peoples

Stevenson, Bryan. (2014). Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.

Taylor, Mark Lewis. (2015, Revised and Expanded, 2nd Ed.) The Executed God: The Way of the

Cross in Lockdown America.

Thurman, Howard. (reprint, 1949) Jesus and the Disinherited.

Washington, James M. (2001 ed.). A Testament of Hope.

West, Traci (2019) Solidarity and Defiant Spirituality: Africana Lessons on Religion, Racism,

and Ending Gender Violence. (2006) Disruptive Christian Ethics: When Racism and

Women’s Lives Matter.

Wimberly, Anne. (2005). Soul Stories: African American Christian Education.

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

available from the Children’s Defense Fund’s store: https://cdfwebstore.com/

Wong, Kent, Ana Luz Gonzalez and James M. Lawson Jr. (2016) Nonviolence and Social

Movements: The Teachings of Rev. James M. Lawson Jr. (CDF online bookstore)

Wright, Almeda (2017) The Spiritual Lives of Young African Americans

Faculty Teaching Team: While we will be meeting together, we do have four tracks and professors may choose to revise requirements in this syllabus to address the different tracks. Victor Anderson and Lorena Parrish will facilitate the seminarian students; Bec Davis will facilitate D.Min. students; Ericka Dunbar will facilitate undergraduate students; Ched Myers and Charlene Sinclair will facilitate a track during seminary sessions for community organizers.

Victor Anderson, Oberlin Theological Professor of Ethics and Society, Vanderbilt Divinity School; Professor of the Program in African American and Diaspora Studies and Religious Studies, Vanderbilt University; author, Creative Exchange: A Constructive Theology of African American Religious Experience; with Lewis Baldwin, editors, Revives My Soul Again: The Spirituality of Martin Luther King, Jr. victor.anderson@vanderbilt.edu

Rebecca (Becky) Davis, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Charlotte, Associate Professor of Christian Education, founding chair of Presbyterian Child Advocacy Network; 2018 ENRICH Educator of the Year, Association of Presbyterian Christian Educators, RDavis@upsem.edu

Ericka Dunbar, Visiting Professor of Hebrew Bible at Payne Theological Seminary, exploring themes of sexual trafficking, violence and internalized oppression in the Hebrew Bible; edunbar@payneseminary.edu

Derek Hicks, Associate Professor of Religion and Culture, Wake Forest University School of Divinity; Director, Center for Research, Engagement and Collaboration in African American Life (RECALL); author, Reclaiming Spirit in the Black Faith Tradition; hicksds@wfu.edu

Ched Myers, activist theologian, popular educator, author of many books, including with Elaine Enns, Healing Haunted Histories and Ambassadors of Reconciliation, as well as his Sabbath Economics and Binding the Strong Man; partner in Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries; chedmyers@bcm-net.org

Lorena Parrish, Associate Professor of Urban Ministry and Director of the Institute for Community Engagement, Wesley Theological Seminary, Director, Wesley’s Children and Youth Ministry and Advocacy Certificate Program; lparrish@wesleyseminary.edu

Patrick Reyes, Senior Director of Learning Design, Forum for Theological Exploration, author of The Purpose Gap and Nobody Cries When We Die: God, Community and Surviving to Adulthood. preyes@fteleaders.org

Ben Sanders, III, Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics, Eden Theological Seminary, bsanders@eden.edu

Charlene Sinclair, Founder/Director of the Center for Race, Religion and Economic Democracy, charlene@c-rred.org

Janet Wolf, Director of Public Theology and Nonviolent Organizing, Children’s Defense Fund, author of Practicing Resurrection: The Gospel of Mark and Radical Discipleship and “To See and To Be Seen” in I Was in Prison: United Methodist Perspectives on Prison Ministry. jwolf@childrensdefense.org, 615-260-2894

Faculty Co-facilitators:

Dorsey Blake, Faculty Associate, Leadership and Social Transformation, Pacific School of Religion, dblake@psr.edu

Reginald Blount, Assistant Professor of Formation, Youth and Culture, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary; pastor of Amett Chapel AME Church, Chicago; author, “From Sabbath Schools to Freedom Schools: Christian Vocation and the Power of Voice” in Educating for Redemptive Community; co-editor of Let Your Light Shine: Mobilizing for Justice with Children and Youth; reginald.blount@garrett.edu

Eileen Campbell-Reed, Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Co-Director, Learning Pastoral Imagination Project; Coordinator for Coaching, Mentoring and Internship; author, Anatomy of a Schism: How Clergywomen’s Narratives Reinterpret the Fracturing of the Southern Baptist Convention. Eileen.campbell-reed@gmail.com

Carmichael Crutchfield, Professor of Christian Education, Spiritual Formation, and Youth Ministry. Clara Scott Chair of Church and Ministry, and Associate Director of Methodist House of Studies, Memphis Theological Seminary, ccrutchfield@memphisseminary.edu

Greg Ellison, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Candler School of Theology; Editor, Anchored in the Current: Discovering Howard Thurman as Educator, Activist, Guide and Prophet, and author, Fearless Dialogues: A New Movement for Justice and Cut Dead but Still Alive: Caring for African American Youth; see http://fearlessdialogues.com/; gelli01@emory.edu

Elaine Enns, Restorative justice practitioner and trainer, co-founder of Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries, co-author with Ched Myers of Healing Haunted Histories and Ambassadors of Reconciliation: New Testament Reflections on Restorative Justice and Peacemaking elaineenns@bcm-net.org

Leah Gunning Francis, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Christian Theological Seminary, author: Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community. lgunningfrancis@cts.edu

Denise Janssen, Associate Professor of Christian Education, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union; editor with Friendship Press; author, Reclaimed: Faith in an Emerging Generation and editor, Educating for Redemptive Community. DLJanssen@VUU.EDU

Jennifer Leath, Assistant Professor of Religion and Social Justice, Iliff School of Theology; co-founder of the Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice at Columbia University; Pastor of Campbell Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church. jleath@iliff.edu

Virginia Lee, Associate Professor of Christian Education and Director of Deacon Studies, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary; co-editor of Let Your Light Shine: Mobilizing for Justice with Children and Youth; virginia.lee@garrett.edu

Pamela Lightsey, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Associate Professor of Constructive Theology, Meadville Lombard Theological School; author, Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology. PLIGHTSEY@MEADVILLE.EDU

Lakisha Lockhart, Assistant Professor of Practical Theology, Chicago Theological Seminary, Lakisha.Lockhart@ctschicago.edu

Mary Love, Adjunct Professor of Christian Education, Hood Theological Seminary, author of Learning through Symbolism and Celebration, An Annotated Bibliography of Afrocentric Resources; mlove@hoodseminary.edu

Christophe Ringer, Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics and Society, Chicago Theological Seminary; author, Necropolitics: The Religious Crisis of Mass Incarceration in America. christophe.ringer@ctschicago.edu

Rodney Sadler, Associate Professor of Bible, Union Presbyterian Seminary at Charlotte; Director of Union’s Center for Social Justice and Reconciliation; author of Can A Cushite Change His Skin: An Examination of Race, Ethnicity and Othering in the Hebrew Bible; co-author, The Genesis of Liberation: Biblical Interpretation in the Antebellum Narratives of the Enslaved; associate pastor at Mount Carmel Baptist Church. RSadler@upsem.edu

Teresa Smallwood, Associate Director, Vanderbilt Divinity School Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative; see her work on “The Leprosy Effect: The Treatment of Queers in the Black Preaching Tradition” Teresa.l.smallwood@vanderbilt.edu

Shively Smith, Assistant Professor of New Testament, Boston University School of Theology, author of Strangers to Family: Diaspora and I Peter’s Invention of God’s Household ; stjsmith@bu.edu

Tiffany Trent, Adjunct Faculty, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, TTrent@mtso.edu

Traci West, James W. Pearsall Professor of Christian Ethics and African American Studies, Drew Theological School; author, Solidarity and Defiant Spirituality: Africana Lessons on Religion, Racism, and Ending Gender Violence, Disruptive Christian Ethics: When Racism and Women’s Lives Matter and Wounds of the Spirit: Black Women, Violence, and Resistance Ethics

twest@drew.edu

* Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary has not yet identified their professor.

For questions, please contact Janet Wolf, 615-260-2894, jwolf@childrensdefense.org