Tuesday Workshop Detail

Personal Power: Nonviolent Direct Action Community Organizing

This session will examine the historical and philosophical underpinnings of nonviolent direct action, and offer participants the opportunity to better understand nonviolent direct action as an embodied way of being. Space will be provided to discuss and examine contemporary movements in light of the practice of non-violence.

Facilitated by Rev. James M. Lawson, Jr., leading theoretician and tactician of nonviolence and key adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on nonviolent direct action strategies in the Civil Rights Movement, and Rev. Starsky Wilson, President and C.E.O., The Deaconess Foundation.

Improving the Odds for Children in Poverty: Addressing Harms and Improving Opportunities

No child should have to worry where their next meal will come from or whether their family will have a place to live in the wealthiest nation on earth. Yet children are the poorest age group in America. Nearly 13 million children – about 1 in 5 – live in poverty and face such realities daily. Child poverty hurts children and our nation’s future. It causes both human and substantial economic costs. Its burdens weigh heavily on children and their families in every facet of life. This session will highlight CDF’s 2019 report on ending child poverty now, which identifies both the harms of child poverty and a package of modest federal policy improvements that can be acted on immediately to reduce child poverty. We know what to do and must act now. Please be ready to share promising efforts in your own communities and congregations to reduce child poverty.
Facilitated by the Children’s Defense Fund’s Poverty Team

CDF Freedom Schools® Program

Come discover how you can host or involve your congregation or community in the CDF Freedom Schools® movement. Participants will fain an overview of the concept and vision behind this successful summer and after-school enrichment program for children ages 5-18. The CDF Freedom Schools program integrates reading, conflict resolution and social action in an activity-based curriculum that promotes social, cultural, and historical awareness.
Facilitated by Ella Baker Trainers; Shaquite Pegues, Director of Ella Baker Leadership Development and Sr. Program Associate, CDF Marlboro County; and Robin Sally, Director of Curriculum and Programs, CDF Freedom Schools.

No Kinship, No Peace: Authentic Community with Young Folks in the Streets

Join us for this participatory session exploring the power of language and community, active listening and ongoing partnership with young folks struggling with racism and poverty.

Facilitated by Cadeem Gibbs, yosoyhomeboy and yosoyhomeboy jr.

Invisible No More: The Struggle for Voter Rights and Racial Equality

The struggle for liberation is never ending. However, today many young liberationists see the struggle for voter rights as a struggle for partisan participation and not one for liberation and reparation. It is essential that the deep relationship between the struggle for voter rights and racial equality in the US be re-knitted. Join us as we discuss how voter suppression has moved into more subtle forms even as we see an unleashing of voter intimidation today and the importance of the restoration of rights movement in fighting modern day voter suppression.
Facilitated by Dr. Charlene Sinclair, founding director of the Center for Race, Religion, and Economic Democracy (C-RRED) and the program coordinator for the Interfaith Organizing Initiative.

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

This workshop will give participants a basic framework for understanding dynamic terms related to gender and sexuality. It will also include a brief introduction to the landscape of LGBTQIA+ histories, challenges and celebrations. While everyone is welcome to attend, this workshop will be most useful for people who are in need of an entry-level primer.
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.

Public Theology and Racial Justice

This workshop will explore the ways in which theology deployed in the public sphere can work as a catalyst for the eradication of racial injustice. As communities of faith are pressed to narrate a response to the rise in vitriol and clamor in the face of resurgent white nationalism, neo-Nazism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, hate, and violence against many racial and ethnic minorities, the question of justice for these marginalized communities requires a commitment to a common meta-narrative which reaches across the pluralities of faiths in the North American context and beyond to form solidarity, meaning, and solutions.
Facilitated by Dr. Teresa L. Smallwood, Esq., Postdoctoral Fellow and Associate Director of the Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative at Vanderbilt Divinity School.

A Balm in Gilead: Developing a Trauma Informed Ministry

This workshop will introduce and offer tools for creating a culturally sensitive trauma informed ministry. A framework for understanding the impact of trauma on the psychosocial and spiritual development and resilience of people, especially children and youth, their families, and their communities will be explored.
Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Frederick (Jerry) Streets, MDiv., MSW, DSW, LCSW, Senior Pastor of Dixwell Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ in New Haven, member of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, and adjunct Associate Professor at Yale University Divinity School and the Columbia University School of Social Work.

FULL – Creating Responsive Communities of Care through Innovative Partnerships

This session will focus on the critical need to bridge innovative community partnerships that are responsive to the needs of vulnerable “at-risk” youth. We address the social challenges youth encounter and address how to build an emotionally safe environment that marginalized youth need for healing. Recognizing that youth are part of families and neighborhoods that significantly influence their behaviors and choices, participants will engage in collective dialogue around establishing a community of care at the individual, family and faith, community, and societal levels.
Facilitated by Dr. Patrick Reyes, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Forum for Theological Exploration and bel Reyes, Executive Director, Innovation Bridge

A Watershed Moment: Eco/Racial Justice and Climate Crisis as Issues of Children’s Defense

As the climate warms due to our carbon emissions, we are dealing regularly with natural and social disasters that affect marginalized people first and worst. How will we engage new issues of justice in the Anthropocene, from climate refugees to environmental racism? We’ll tackle these questions from the perspective of local organizing and study the exemplary work of Na’Taki’s West Atlanta Watershed Alliance. Learn some concrete steps your household and church can take to combat denial and “re-inhabit” your place.
Facilitated by Ched Myers, Co-director of Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries

Faith and Justice

Participatory exploration of the intersections of faith and justice. This session will focus on redefining theological education and what it means to be the church in and for and with the world. Learnings from the work of the Center for Social Justice and Reconciliation and the Poor People’s Campaign will be considered.
Facilitated by Dr. Rodney Sadler, Director of Union Presbyterian Seminary’s Center for Social Justice and Reconciliation and Associate Professor of Bible