This course will be an intensive Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) immersion experience for seminary students who wish to engage and cultivate necessary prophetic voices and theories for teaching and equipping communities for justice and advocacy ministries especially those that address systemic injustices perpetuating the intersectionalities of racist and economic struggles that directly impact children, youth and their families. The CDF immersion conference provides an alternative or liminal space to study justice ministries. We will consider and challenge Biblical and theological assumptions justifying institutional complicity with oppressive systems that create insular maintenance of churches quite disconnected from folks on the margins. We consider pressing questions regarding public theology and contextual practice. The foci of this course underscore partnerships with local communities working with CDF, collaborating with those who are engaged directly in the struggles for social justice. This course will include contextual learning and research in forming public leaders to facilitate collective organizing/re-organizing of churches as justice-making communities to extend beyond the immediate concerns of philanthropy.
For summer 2022:
June 30th 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ET UPSem student Zoom meeting
July 6th 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm ET Dale Andrews Freedom Seminary all student meeting
July 17th 4:00 pm – 7:00pm ET Dale Andrews Freedom Seminary all student meeting
July 18th - July 21st Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry