Thursday Workshop Detail

Beloved Community: Nonviolent Direct Action Community Organizing 

This workshop will focus on nonviolent direct action organizing, including the importance of relationship and community building as central to movement building. We are faced with extreme abuse of police power, growing income inequality, declining quality of public education, and wealth and political power. This workshop will explore nonviolent direct action organizing that affirms the dignity, worth, and enormous unrealized potential of all, with an emphasis on those who are impoverished and most marginalized. These interactive sessions will draw on the experience of 50 years of movement building that involves neighborhoods, organized labor, churches and other faith-based institutions, truth and reconciliation initiatives, and work with gang members.

Facilitated by Joyce Hobson Johnson, Director of the Jubilee Institute of the Beloved Community Center of Greensboro, and Rev. Nelson N. Johnson, Executive Director of the Beloved Community Center of Greensboro. 

FULL – Ending Child Poverty Now: Using CDF’s Action Kit

Learn about CDF’s Action Kit to End Child Poverty Now and our special faith-based tool kit. Share your ideas about how you can use these resources and strategies in your own communities and let us know what is missing. Share resources and approaches that you have found effective in your own community to help engage a broad inclusive network of people committed to action to end child poverty. How have you engaged children and families directly impacted by poverty? Young people? Seniors? Share specific actions underway to end child poverty in your congregations or in the broader denominations of which you are a part; what interfaith actions are you engaged in? How do you share those with the broader community? Let’s also talk about the best ways to counter the naysayers – those who are challenging steps we know must be taken now. Learn how to stay connected long term as part of a broader movement to end child poverty.
Facilitated by CDF’s Poverty Team

Freedom Schools: Bringing the Model to Your Campus

Considering bringing a Freedom School to your college or seminary campus? This workshop will explore the steps Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Wake Forest Divinity School took to bring a Freedom School to their campus and share lessons learned to assist other campuses in expanding the reach of Freedom Schools in their communities. Specifically, we will walk through the experience of introducing the concept of Freedom Schools and gaining support for this program at Wake Forest University. The workshop will highlight efforts to get departmental “buy in,” how we introduced the concept to the university’s cabinet administration, finding campus space to house the Freedom School for six weeks, our efforts to partner with other Freedom Schools in our city, and securing internal (university) and external financial support. We will also explore how we targeted the children for our program.

Facilitated by Dr. Reginald Blount, Assistant Professor of Formation, Youth, and culture at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and pastor of Arnett Chapel A.M.E. Church in Chicago, IL,; Dr. Virginia A. Lee, Associate Professor of Christian Education and Director of Deacon Studies, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Dr. Danielle Parker-Moore

The Soul’s Work of Justice: The Compelling Witness and Invitational Conviction of Katie Geneva Cannon’s Prophetic Life and Legacy

Many have made a difference in the lives of others and their communities. Few have changed the way the church understands itself. Katie Cannon’s gift of womanist theological ethics reoriented the church’s identity by intentionally incorporating black women’s experiences as full expressions of the Imago Dei so that the body of Christ may reject idolatrous notions of exclusivity and embrace the expansive inclusion of all God’s children. Her life and passion call us to the best version of ourselves and God’s best intention for the world as we unflinchingly labor for justice through “the work our souls must have.”

Facilitated by Dr. Rebecca Davis, Associate Professor of Christian Education at Union Presbyterian Seminary

Attending to Children’s Health and Behavioral Health: Responding to the Opioid Crisis and Other Trauma

Description to come

Facilitated by CDF Staff

Who Can I Run To? The Quest to Make Congregations Places of Celebration and Safety for LGBTQ Youth and Families—Defining Terms and Understanding the Landscape

Using the story of Jairus’ unnamed daughter as a foundation, we’ll identify workable and concrete strategies for supporting LGBTQIA+ children in our churches and wider communities. What is the practical “something to eat” we can offer for our most precious gifts?
Facilitated by Minister Candace Simpson, Faith and Justice Educator for the United Methodist Women and Associate Minister at Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn, NY.

Becoming Allies: White Folk Checking In at Proctor

For some white participants, Proctor is a rare experience of being a minority in a space curated and led by people of color. This workshop will open a circle for participants to share feelings and questions with honesty and vulnerability.  We will also explore how to deepen “our own work” (as Audre Lorde put it) as white folk, so that we can probe critically our own socialized identities and become more reliable allies of people of color in all kinds of spaces.  All are welcome, white folks are encouraged.

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

Transformative/Restorative Justice Practices with Youth

This session will be a participatory exploration of restorative justice practices, including the circle process with a focus on building community, strengthening partnerships, prioritizing leadership by youth and creating new possibilities for healing. Practical applications will be identified and discussed.

Facilitated by Phyllis Hildreth

Sanctuary as Civil Resistance

The Sanctuary Movement of the 1980’s succeeded in protecting refugees from Central America and gaining temporary protected status for over 500,000 refugees. The basic strategy of the movement was non-violent, active resistance by Jewish, Christian, Quaker, and Unitarian congregations providing public sanctuary for undocumented refugees. A “new underground railroad” was organized to safely move refugees from the border to sanctuary congregations throughout the US and Canada.

Even though some Sanctuary volunteers and faith leaders were convicted of felony crimes, the movement asserted that they were not practicing civil disobedience. The practice of Sanctuary was termed “Civil Initiative” or now “Civil Resistance”.

The workshop will explore the formation of that innovative strategy and its current implementation in the Southwest borderlands to protect migrant families and refugees under the policies of US government administration. The Sanctuary Movement in the US and globally will be explored and analyzed.

Facilitated by Rev. John Fife, Co-founder of the Sanctuary Movement and No More Deaths, Tucson, AZ.

Eating and Believing: Religious, Food Justice, and Cultural Formation in Urban Life-Part 2  

This 2-day workshop will consider religious, historical, ethical, and culturally centered ways to positively impact communities through the valuing of their religious and culinary cultures. We will give attention to community traditions and resources as the two-part workshop aims to 1) articulate the rich history and culture related to the ways food and faith converge in African American life and, 2) identify the opportunities churches have to improve their own communities by tapping the cultural resources, stories, organizing strategies, and social capital within their proximities.

The workshop will begin with a cultural history of food and faith in African American life. Through an introduction of the concept of “religio-gastro diplomacy,” we will move toward a deep reckoning with the wondrous and complex history of religion and food for a people and communities struggling for human dignity. Here we will survey the vibrant traditions of black agency, even as far back as during enslavement, that undergird contemporary notions of food and religious sovereignty available to communities of color.

The next phase will be to assess the on the ground work of ensuring food security in these communities through the efforts of the church. We will study the work Rev. Heber Brown is doing in Baltimore to specifically bring churches together around this issue through the Black Church Food Security Network, which links Black Churches and Black Farmers in partnership to create a community-controlled, alternative food system based on self-sufficiency and food and land sovereignty.

Facilitated by Dr. Derek S. Hicks, Associate Professor of Religion and Culture at Wake Forest University School of Divinity.

Art Saved, Saves, Me, Us

Ndume and Omari are artists, activists, animators who continue to find liberation and life through art. Healing from trauma and the experience of being caged, Ndume and Omari work with young people and others to explore the power of art to engage and transform individuals and the larger community. Join them in this hands-on and interactive time of exploration through art.

Facilitated by Omari Booker and Ndume Olatushani