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Wednesday, June 17
 

3:00pm

A Peace of My Mind
A Peace of My Mind, by artist John Noltner, is a Summit-length standing installation inviting us to consider ourselves and others as Imago Dei—made in the image of the divine. Since 2009, Noltner has been asking people the simple (or not so simple) question, “What does peace mean to you?” This installation represents their answers, in a stunning diversity of perspective. Voices featured include Holocaust survivors, the homeless, political refugees, and more.

What does peace mean to you? We invite you to wander among these stories and contemplate—or share—your own answers as you move through The Summit this week.

Wednesday June 17, 2015 3:00pm - Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am
Exhibit

3:30pm

5:00pm

5:30pm

The Way of Hope
Over the past year, multiple justice movements have experienced traction the likes of which we haven’t seen since the 1960s: thousands marching in the streets, young people practicing the discipline of civil disobedience, churches organized and calling legislators to do justice. But on almost every front, we have experienced set-backs that defied logic. Scripture tells us faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen. How do we hold on to hope? How do we maintain the long view?

Moderators
avatar for Jim Wallis

Jim Wallis

President, Sojourners
Jim Wallis is president and founder of Sojourners in Washington, DC. a nonprofit faith-based organization, network, and movement whose mission statement calls for “putting faith into action for social justice.” | | He is editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine and website which has a combined print and electronic media readership of more than a quarter million people with several million unique visitors to the website, sojo.net, each... Read More →

Featured Participants
avatar for Noel Castellanos

Noel Castellanos

CEO, Christian Community Development Association
Noel Castellanos has worked in full-time ministry in Latino urban communities since 1982. He has served in youth ministry, church planting, advocacy, and community development in San Francisco, San Jose, and Chicago. After serving on the board of the Christian Community Development Association for many years, he established the CCDA Institute, which equips emerging church leaders in the philosophy of Christian community development. He... Read More →
avatar for Marie Dennis

Marie Dennis

Co-President, Pax Cristi International
Marie Dennis is co-president of Pax Christi International, the global Catholic peace movement, a position she shares with Bishop Kevin Dowling from South Africa. She is also a Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace. Dennis was previously director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, charged with bringing the global experience of Maryknoll missioners into the process of shaping public opinion in the United States and influencing policies of... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Sharon Harper

Lisa Sharon Harper

Chief Church Engagement Officer, Sojourners
From Ferguson to New York to Germany, Lisa has been leading trainings and helping mobilize clergy and community leaders around shared values for the common good, with a focus on racial justice. Prior to joining Sojourners, Lisa was the founding executive director of New York Faith & Justice — an organization at the hub of a new ecumenical movement to end poverty in New York City. In that capacity, she helped establish Faith Leaders... Read More →
avatar for C.T. Vivian

C.T. Vivian

Dr. C.T. Vivian currently serves as director of the Urban Theological Institute at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta. He is best known for his work with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as National Director of Affiliates and strategist for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He has provided civil rights counsel to Presidents Johnson, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and Obama, and he continues to lecture worldwide on racial... Read More →


Wednesday June 17, 2015 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Pryzbyla Great Room

7:30pm

Welcome Reception - Featuring Sen. Elizabeth Warren
The Welcoming Reception will bring together Summit attendees, Sojourners board members and staff, and special guests from the political and policy-shaping communities in Washington to mingle in a relaxed setting.

Featuring remarks from our special guest, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass).

Featured Participants
avatar for Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren, a fearless consumer advocate who has made her life's work the fight for middle class families, was elected to the United States Senate on November 6, 2012, by the people of Massachusetts. Elizabeth is recognized as one of the nation's top experts on bankruptcy and the financial pressures facing middle class families, and the Boston Globe has called her "the plainspoken voice of people getting... Read More →


Wednesday June 17, 2015 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Law School Atrium

9:00pm

Featured Artists at Busboys and Poets
Join us at Busboys and Poets for a relaxing and inspiring evening of music and spoken-word poetry with featured artists at The Summit: Tracy Howe Wispelwey, David Bailey and Arrabon, Amena Brown, Brittini Gray and Joy Ike!

Busboys and Poets is restaurant, bookstore, and community gathering place which has locations six locations across D.C. The Brookland location is located a 5 minute walk from the center of Catholic’s campus on Monroe street. Named after Langston Hughes, Busboys and Poets has a long history of being a place “to take a deliberate pause and feed your mind, body, and soul…a space for art, culture and politics to intentionally collide and a community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted.” They have a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu along with full bar.


Artists
avatar for Amena Brown

Amena Brown

Amena Brown is a poet, speaker, author, and event host. Named one of Rejuvenate Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 Changemakers, Brown is the author of four spoken-word CDs and the nonfiction book Breaking Old Rhythms. She has performed and spoken at events across the nation, such as Creativity World Forum, Creative Mornings, and Chick-fil-A Leadercast, and has toured with the Gungor band, Ann Voskamp, and the Reconnect HBCU Tour. She and her... Read More →
avatar for Brittini Gray

Brittini Gray

Organizer, Metropolitan Congregations United
Brittíni is pursuing her M.Div. at Eden Theological Seminary. Her years of experience in community and youth development led her to St. Louis to work with Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU) after doing a year of service in Buffalo, NY where she first started community organizing. Through her organizing, Brittíni has organized issue-oriented campaigns related to education, voter engagement, public transit and criminal justice... Read More →
avatar for David M. Bailey

David M. Bailey

David M. Bailey believes that the church should and can lead by example in diversity and reconciliation. He is the founder and director of Arrabon, a ministry that equips churches and nonprofits with the tools and resources to shepherd their community from aspirational values regarding diversity and reconciliation along racial, ethnic, and class divisions toward an embodied practice. He is the author of Arrabon: Learning Reconciliation through... Read More →
avatar for Joy Ike

Joy Ike

Born to Nigerian immigrants, independent artist Joy Ike's music has drawn comparisons to Corinne Bailey Rae, Norah Jones, and Fiona Apple, but her percussive piano-playing and soaring vocals give homage to her African upbringing. Ike has opened for Cody Chestnutt, Denison Whitmer, and Allen Toussaint, among others. NPR's All Things Considered says of her music, "The depth of subjects she tackles in her poetic lyrics are perfectly... Read More →
avatar for Tracy Howe Wispelwey

Tracy Howe Wispelwey

Tracy Howe Wispelwey directs Restoration Village Arts in Charlottesburg, Va. A songwriter and music producer, she has released eight full-length records of her own music. She has toured internationally for 10 years, visiting university campuses as well as prisons, churches, and living rooms throughout North, Central, and South America. As Director of University Ministries at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Wispelwey works with... Read More →


Wednesday June 17, 2015 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Busboys and Poets
 
Thursday, June 18
 

7:15am

Morning Run with Sojourners Staff

Get your legs and minds moving early by joining Sojourners staff and Summit participants for a morning jog around the Catholic University campus.  Estimated time is 30 minutes and varied running paces will be available. If you’d like to join please meet at the green in between the Pryzbyla Center and the Columbus School of Law at 7:15 a.m.!


7:30am

7:30am

9:00am

Implicit Bias 2.0
From Ferguson to immigration reform to the gains and losses of women, multiple movements have witnessed backlash against the demographic and cultural shift occurring now throughout our nation. Explore the historical, theological, and structural impacts of implicit bias in society and in the church. Through the power of story, this Summit session will explore the human impacts and best practices to dismantle bias based on race, gender, immigrant, and youth status in the church and society.

Moderators
avatar for Lisa Sharon Harper

Lisa Sharon Harper

Chief Church Engagement Officer, Sojourners
From Ferguson to New York to Germany, Lisa has been leading trainings and helping mobilize clergy and community leaders around shared values for the common good, with a focus on racial justice. Prior to joining Sojourners, Lisa was the founding executive director of New York Faith & Justice — an organization at the hub of a new ecumenical movement to end poverty in New York City. In that capacity, she helped establish Faith Leaders... Read More →

Featured Participants
avatar for Netta Elzie

Netta Elzie

Associate Field Organizer, Amnesty International
Associate Field Organizer, Amnesty International
avatar for Susan Glisson

Susan Glisson

Executive Director, The William Winter Institute at the University of Mississippi
In 1998, Susan Glisson coordinated the only deep-South public forum for President Clinton's Initiative on Race, One America, which led to the creation of the Institute for Racial Reconciliation. Glisson was appointed director of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation in November 2002. She has supported community projects throughout the state for the Institute since its inception. Glisson is a native of Evans, Georgia. She earned... Read More →
avatar for Patty Prasada-Rao

Patty Prasada-Rao

Former COO, Christian Community Development Association
Patty Prasada-Rao was born to Indian parents in the United States. Their extended family network instilled in her a strong value for community and what it means to belong together. She graduated with a bachelor's in psychology/pre-med from Johns Hopkins University and a master's in health education/community development from the University of North Carolina. She has worked with nonprofits for more than 20 years both in the United States and... Read More →
avatar for Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas

Founder, Define American
Pulitzer Prize-Winning journalist and founder of Define American and #EmergingUS at the Los Angeles Times, Define American


Thursday June 18, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
Pryzbyla Great Room

10:15am

Break
Thursday June 18, 2015 10:15am - 10:30am
TBA

10:30am

Criminalization of Blackness, Poverty, and Youth
Featuring voices from Baltimore, Ferguson, and other corners of the criminal justice movement, including: the President’s Task Force on Policing Reform, and the mother of Jordan Davis, Lucia McBath, this Summit Session will dig deep to discern the needed shifts in policy, economic opportunity, grant funding, and movement building needed to fix America’s broken justice system.

Moderators
avatar for Rev. Starsky Wilson

Rev. Starsky Wilson

President and CEO, Deaconess Foundation
Rev. Starsky D. Wilson is president and CEO of Deaconess Foundation, a faith-based grant-making organization devoted to advancing child well-being in the St. Louis region, and pastor of Saint John’s Church (The Beloved Community). He serves on national boards for the United Church of Christ Cornerstone Fund and the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference and on regional boards for United Way, YMCA, FOCUS-St. Louis, Teach for America, and the... Read More →

Featured Participants
avatar for Rev. Heber Brown III

Rev. Heber Brown III

Pastor, Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, Baltimore, Md.
Rev. Heber M. Brown III is blessed to serve as pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, Md. Brown is serious about experiencing the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. Therefore he works alongside a variety of community organizations that address issues such as homelessness, poverty, racism, worker’s rights, environmental justice, peacemaking, and national/international social justice concerns. He is a regular voice in... Read More →
avatar for Lucia McBath

Lucia McBath

National spokesperson and the mother of Jordan Davis, Everytown
Lucia McBath is the mother of Jordan Davis, who was shot and killed November 23, 2012, at a gas station in Jacksonville, Fla., during an argument over loud music. The shooter used Florida’s dangerous "Stand Your Ground" law as his defense. In an October 2014 retrial, the shooter was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. McBath is a national spokeswoman for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, for which... Read More →
avatar for Brittany Packnett

Brittany Packnett

Executive Director, Teach for America–St. Louis
The child of educators and a St. Louis native, Brittany Packnett taught third grade in southeast Washington, D.C., in 2007. Following her time in the classroom, Brittany worked in federal education policy and advocacy for low-income students around the nation as a Capitol Hill staffer and a director of government affairs for Teach for America. Recently, Packnett has been working to amplify the voice of young people in Ferguson through national... Read More →
avatar for Craig Scandrett-Leatherman

Craig Scandrett-Leatherman

Co-Founder, Faith for Justice, St. Louis
Craig Scandrett-Leatherman, an activist-anthropologist and pastor-organizer, promotes leadership and community development. He is co-founder of Faith for Justice in St. Louis, which encourages biblical activism and makes bridges between churches and protest communities. He also thinks, listens, talks, and writes about black/white manhood and Afro-Pentecostal/white church power.
avatar for Joey Williams

Joey Williams

Lead Organizer, Faith in Action Kern County (PICO)
Joey Williams is lead organizer for Faith in Action Kern County (PICO), in Bakersfield, Calif. The gangs, drugs, and fast life consumed Williams as a youth, yet faith and family helped provide a new path. Williams attended school in Santa Barbara, Calif., and finished at CSU Bakersfield. He developed a passion for organizing around immigration, labor, and politics. He became a youth pastor, community leader, and organizer of education and... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Amena Brown

Amena Brown

Amena Brown is a poet, speaker, author, and event host. Named one of Rejuvenate Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 Changemakers, Brown is the author of four spoken-word CDs and the nonfiction book Breaking Old Rhythms. She has performed and spoken at events across the nation, such as Creativity World Forum, Creative Mornings, and Chick-fil-A Leadercast, and has toured with the Gungor band, Ann Voskamp, and the Reconnect HBCU Tour. She and her... Read More →
avatar for Brittini Gray

Brittini Gray

Organizer, Metropolitan Congregations United
Brittíni is pursuing her M.Div. at Eden Theological Seminary. Her years of experience in community and youth development led her to St. Louis to work with Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU) after doing a year of service in Buffalo, NY where she first started community organizing. Through her organizing, Brittíni has organized issue-oriented campaigns related to education, voter engagement, public transit and criminal justice... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Pryzbyla Great Room

11:30am

11:45am

Lunch: Issue-based Convenings
Join like-minded Summit participants for a time of processing and strategizing facilitated by Sojourners staff, board members, and key partners. We will gather by the following affinity groups: women and girls, racial justice, poverty, immigration, global peace, climate justice, and business.

Thursday June 18, 2015 11:45am - 12:45pm
Pryzbyla Great Room

12:45pm

Break
Thursday June 18, 2015 12:45pm - 1:15pm
TBA

1:15pm

An Examination of Restorative and Transformative Justice Models
The transformative justice (TJ) movement developed out of the restorative justice (RJ) movement, in large part because of the failure of restorative justice to address gender violence. Restorative justice is based on principles of community accountability, but before a community will hold someone accountable they have to believe what that person did was wrong. In cases of gender violence, community members often side with the perpetrator rather than the victim. This session will consider an alternative to restoration: transformation. The transformative justice movement, primarily led by women of color, does not try to restore communities but to transform them and to create communities based on principles of justice. In this Salon, we will discuss the difference between RJ and TJ while considering what transformative justice strategies look like in practice.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
DA

Dr. Andrea Smith

Board Member, NAIITS


Thursday June 18, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm
McGivney LL 014 (Two floors down from entrance)

1:15pm

Divided Families: Responding with Faith
Every day, families across America are separated by deportation. Immigration reform is not just about individual lives sent away, but also about the lives of children and spouses who remain behind. What happens when a family member has to leave? This group is for anyone who wants to speak honestly about how to provide divided families with dignity, opportunity, support, and hope. We are especially interested in the role that persons of faith, and faith communities, can play in this civic dialogue. This session includes viewing a selection from the documentary Divided Families: Responding with Faith, produced by the Chicago Sunday Evening Club, followed by discussion.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
avatar for David Dault

David Dault

David Dault is an expert at helping people tell their stories. He produces engaging, innovative media for public radio, public television, and public events.  He is president of the Chicago Sunday Evening Club (www.csec.org), a nonprofit which creates innovative, faith-centered engagement with important civic issues through live events, radio, television, and new media. He hosts the radio program Things Not Seen: Conversations about... Read More →
avatar for Ivone Guillen

Ivone Guillen

Immigration Campaign & Communications Associate, Sojourners
Immigration Campaign and Communications Associate Ivone Guillen manages Sojourners immigration campaign. Ivone brings a unique perspective to her work that is derived from her life experience as an immigrant and DREAMer. Ivone graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., with a degree in International Studies and Spanish. She is currently pursuing a master’s of public administration from American University, while working... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday June 18, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Pryzbyla 323

1:15pm

Silent No More: Faith Communities and Gender-Based Violence
Every community is affected by gender-based violence, yet the topic is often avoided, silenced, or at least neglected. People of faith, faith leaders, communities, and institutions can break this silence through direct support, prevention, and advocacy. Sponsored by the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, this introductory Salon features small-group dialogue, artistic expression, prayer, and resources for people of faith.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
RA

Richard Adkins

ELCA Young Adult Cohort Member, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
CC

Crystal Corman

ELCA Young Adult Cohort Member, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America


Thursday June 18, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm
McGivney LL 009 (Two floors down from entrance)

1:15pm

The Implicit Biases of Our Theologies
Liberal, conservative, and other modern theologies assume imperial and capitalist reality, driving implicit bias. How might we help churches, seminaries, and Christian organizations see that the witness of Scripture points away from the logic of empire to an indigenous and communal way? Can the life and ministry of Jesus lead us to a radically inclusive sociality, of harmony rather than competition among parts of God's creation?

Smaller Venue Facilitators
RD

Rev. Dr. Jin S. Kim

Pastor, Church of All Nations, Founder, Underground Seminary
LN

Laura Newby

Co-Founder, Underground Seminary


Thursday June 18, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Pryzbyla 351

1:15pm

The Middle East: A History of Conflict and the Role of the U.S.

This discussion will focus on the nature and impact of the U.S. role in the Middle East from World War II through the present, how that role has impacted the region, and new ways to approach shared security and wellbeing in an interdependent world.


Smaller Venue Facilitators
avatar for Raed Jarrar

Raed Jarrar

Policy Impact Coordinator, Office of Public Policy and Advocacy, American Friends Service Committee
Raed Jarrar serves as AFSC’s Policy Impact Coordinator at the Office of Public Policy and Advocacy in Washington, D.C. Since his immigration to the U.S. in 2005, he has worked on political and cultural issues pertaining to U.S. engagement in the Arab and Muslim worlds. He is widely recognized as an expert on political, social, and economic developments in the Middle East. He has testified in numerous Congressional hearings and briefings... Read More →
AK

Aura Kanegis

Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, American Friends Service Committee


Thursday June 18, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm
McGivney LL 012 (Two floors down from entrance)

1:15pm

The Role of Business and Entrepreneurship in Society
Join Bill George, Harvard Business School professor and former CEO of Medtronic, and other select leaders at The Summit for a discussion of the responsibility of the corporation to serve society and what this means for the justice movements of our time.

Featured Participants
avatar for Jim Wallis

Jim Wallis

President, Sojourners
Jim Wallis is president and founder of Sojourners in Washington, DC. a nonprofit faith-based organization, network, and movement whose mission statement calls for “putting faith into action for social justice.” | | He is editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine and website which has a combined print and electronic media readership of more than a quarter million people with several million unique visitors to the website, sojo.net, each... Read More →

Smaller Venue Facilitators
MG

Mary Galeti

Vice-Chair and Executive Director, The Tecovas Foundation
BG

Bill George

Professor, Harvard Business School
AM

Andrea McAleenan

Professor School of Business, Fresno Pacific University
I am establishing a social enterprise center at my university and want to hear from people who know what makes the project successful.


Thursday June 18, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Pryzbyla 321

1:15pm

Working, Still Poor, and What People of Faith Can Do About It
This workshop will give participants stories and hard facts about the harsh reality that low-wage workers face each day in the "richest country in the world." We will include topics such as wage theft, minimum wage, and health and safety to highlight the ways in which the workers are not treated fairly. As people of faith, we are called to be our bother's and sister's keepers and to take action in the face of such oppression. This workshop will provide tools to use for advocacy and organizing into action.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
avatar for Rudy López

Rudy López

Executive Director, Interfaith Worker Justice
Rudy López is from a small steel town in Indiana called East Chicago, where he currently resides. He developed his organizing skills by working as a community organizer in the neighborhoods of Pilsen and Little Village in Chicago. In the last two years, López has focused on the passage of comprehensive immigration reform, working as a senior organizer for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) based in Washington, DC. Serving... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm
McGivney G 005 (One floor down from entrance)

1:15pm

Your Purpose in Action: Fear Means Go!
When is the last time you paused and identified the fears keeping you from pursuing your purpose in life? In this interactive workshop from Echoing Green’s Work on Purpose curriculum, you will reflect on your fears and use them as opportunities to overcome obstacles in your purpose/path—for now and in the future.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
LK

Linda Kay Klein

Work on Purpose Director, Echoing Green


Thursday June 18, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Pryzbyla 327

2:15pm

Break
Thursday June 18, 2015 2:15pm - 2:45pm
TBA

2:15pm

Break
Thursday June 18, 2015 2:15pm - 2:45pm
TBA

2:45pm

Elder Salon
Join us for an intimate gathering of social justice leaders whose lives are a witness to what one person with passion can do to make the world a better place. Summit Elders are people we have identified as mentors for the next generation of trailblazers, willing to impart the lessons learned from their hard work and experience. Take this opportunity to share, learn, and glean wisdom from those who have been walking on the path of servant leadership for a very long time. Topics for this conversation include how to deal with the challenges and the burn-out related to doing advocacy work; how to weather defeats and remain hopeful in the face of adversity; how to balance the work you are called to do and everything else in your life. Come be inspired!

Elders & Spiritual Directors
avatar for Terry LeBlanc

Terry LeBlanc

Rev. Terry LeBlanc is Mi’kmaq/Acadian with family roots in Listuguj First Nation and Campbellton, New Brunswick. He and his wife of 43 years, Bev, live in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Their daughters, Jeanine and Jennifer, and son, Matt, are active in ministry within the Indigenous community both inside and outside North America. Active in full-time Indigenous ministry since 1979 and ordained since 1983, LeBlanc serves as executive... Read More →
avatar for Katherine Marshall

Katherine Marshall

Katherine Marshall has worked for more than four decades on international development, focusing on the world’s poorest countries. She is a senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and visiting professor in the School of Foreign Service. She also is executive director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue, a non-governmental organization born in the World Bank with the mission to... Read More →
avatar for Heidi Neumark

Heidi Neumark

Rev. Heidi Neumark has served as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church of Manhattan in New York City since 2003. For 19 years prior, she was pastor of Transfiguration Lutheran Church in the South Bronx. Neumark was a founding member of South Bronx Churches, an ecumenical community-organizing group that has trained local leaders, built hundreds of low-cost homes, and established a top-ranked public high school. She completed her undergraduate... Read More →
avatar for C.T. Vivian

C.T. Vivian

Dr. C.T. Vivian currently serves as director of the Urban Theological Institute at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta. He is best known for his work with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as National Director of Affiliates and strategist for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He has provided civil rights counsel to Presidents Johnson, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and Obama, and he continues to lecture worldwide on racial... Read More →

Thursday June 18, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Pryzbyla 351

2:45pm

End Poverty Now
They have become great and rich,
they have grown fat and sleek.
... they do not judge with justice
the cause of the orphan ...
and they do not defend the rights of the needy.
— Jeremiah 5:27–28

The foundation for this conversation will be the Children's Defense Fund's report Ending Child Poverty Now. We will discuss strategies that are working in states to decrease child poverty. We will look at the importance of a two-generation approach to increasing the economic security of children and families.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
avatar for Peggy Flanagan

Peggy Flanagan

Peggy Flanagan joined Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota as its executive director in 2013. Prior to that, she spent eight years with Wellstone Action, first as director and founder of the Native American Leadership Program and then as director of external affairs. Flanagan also serves as adjunct faculty for George Washington University’s Native American Political Leadership Program. A citizen of the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
McGivney G 005 (One floor down from entrance)

2:45pm

Just War, Just Peacemaking, and Non-Violence: Approaches to Peace in the Middle East
Smaller Venue Facilitators
avatar for Tim Dixon

Tim Dixon

Managing Director, Purpose Europe
Tim Dixon is the managing director of Purpose Europe and chief political strategist for Purpose globally, and the co-founder of The Syria Campaign. Since 2011 he has led the political and communications strategies across Purpose's US and international projects, building new social movements and helping to mobilize over 50 million people to join movements and campaigns. Before going to Purpose, Tim worked as a senior political strategist for... Read More →
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Eli McCarthy

Director of Justice and Peace, Conference of Major Superiors of Men
Poverty, Peacemaking, Nonviolent Resistance, Unarmed Civilian Protection, DC Peace Team, Community Organizing, Just Peace, socially responsible investing and divestment | | Adjunct at Georgetown University


Thursday June 18, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
McGivney LL 012 (Two floors down from entrance)

2:45pm

Unaccompanied Children and Family Detention: Updates in Policy and Advocacy
This session will focus on national policy around the migration of unaccompanied children and families from Central America and the challenges faced in providing care and custody that is in the best interests of the children and mothers when they are apprehended at the U.S. border. Discussion will also include recent procedural and litigation updates and provide an opportunity for questions and discussion around this pressing need.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
JJ

Jessica Jones

Child and Youth Policy Associate, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS)


Thursday June 18, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
McGivney LL 015 (Two floors down from entrance)

2:45pm

We Will Speak Out: Faith-Filled Action to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
WeWillSpeakOut.US is a movement of diverse faith groups from across the country joining together to end the silence around sexual and gender-based violence. Learn more about the achievements and aspirations of WWSO.U.S., and share your thoughts and visions for addressing sexual and gender-based violence at the local, national, and global levels.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
avatar for Rev. Amy Gopp

Rev. Amy Gopp

Coordinator, We Will Speak Out U.S.
Director of Member Relations and Pastoral Care, Church World Service
KL

Kirsten Laursen Muth

Senior Director of International Programs, Episcopal Relief & Development


Thursday June 18, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
McGivney LL 009 (Two floors down from entrance)

2:45pm

The Art of Story:  A Path to Transformation
This training will teach participants how to imbed thought-filled prose into a narrative construct. As Richard Twiss used to tell me, "God loves stories so much... that God created humans." Human beings were designed to respond to story. In fact story is the language of the human heart... and the work of the head is to justify the decisions the heart has already made. In this seminar we will be discussing how to embody our message of justice, equality and spiritual wholeness within the art of storytelling.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
TK

Tony Kriz

Experimenter, Word Made Flesh


Thursday June 18, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
McGivney LL 014 (Two floors down from entrance)

2:45pm

True North Leaders: Putting Faith into Action
Further your personal leadership development and translate purpose into action. Create your own personal leadership development plan focused on knowing your authentic self, defining your values and leadership principles, understanding your motivations, building your support team, and staying grounded by integrating all aspects of your life. Attendees will receive a free copy of True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership by Bill George.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
BG

Bill George

Professor, Harvard Business School


Thursday June 18, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Pryzbyla 321

3:45pm

Break
Thursday June 18, 2015 3:45pm - 4:15pm
TBA

4:15pm

The Living Wage v. Poverty

This session will lift up voices from business, labor, and government around the issue of a livable wage. Moderated by Sojourners board chair Adam Taylor, it will feature Arne Sorenson, President and CEO of Marriott International; representatives from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers; Liz Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO; and Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund. How can partnerships be established that result in better living standards for workers? What is the responsibility of management? What role should government play?


Moderators
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Rev. Adam Russell Taylor

Chair, Board of Directors, Sojourners
Rev. Adam Russell Taylor is chair of the board of directors for Sojourners. Taylor formerly served as the Vice President: Advocacy at World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to help them reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. He was formerly the Senior Political Director at Sojourners, where he was responsible for leading... Read More →

Featured Participants
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Julia de la Cruz

Farmworker and co-leader, Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)
Julia de la Cruz, originally from Guatemala, is a farmworker, organizer and member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), which has led a twenty year struggle to transform human rights in the US agricultural industry. After forging agreements with thirteen of the US’s largest food retailers — including McDonald’s, Burger King and Walmart — the CIW created the Fair Food Program, recently called in the NY Times... Read More →
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Marian Wright Edelman

President and Founder, Children's Defense Fund
Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans her entire professional life. A graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, Edelman was the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar and directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Mississippi. She has received more than a hundred honorary degrees and many awards, including the... Read More →
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Liz Shuler

Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO
As a graduate of the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism, Elizabeth (Liz) Shuler, like many young people today, pieced together part-time jobs, lived at home and struggled to find her way into the world of work. That was in 1992. Since then, Liz has used every job as an opportunity to stand up for the underdog. Today, as secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, the second-highest position in the labor movement, Shuler serves as... Read More →
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Arne Sorenson

President and CEO, Marriott International
Arne M. Sorenson is president and chief executive officer of Marriott International, Inc., a leading global lodging company with more than 4,200 lodging properties in 80 countries and territories and reported revenue of more than $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. Sorenson served previously as Marriott’s president and chief operating officer and as executive vice president, chief financial officer, and president of Continental European... Read More →

Artists
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Brittini Gray

Organizer, Metropolitan Congregations United
Brittíni is pursuing her M.Div. at Eden Theological Seminary. Her years of experience in community and youth development led her to St. Louis to work with Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU) after doing a year of service in Buffalo, NY where she first started community organizing. Through her organizing, Brittíni has organized issue-oriented campaigns related to education, voter engagement, public transit and criminal justice... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Pryzbyla Great Room

5:15pm

5:45pm

A Holy Alliance: Women and Men Against Gender-Based Violence
Women comprise at least half of the church and the world, yet they experience a disproportionate amount of sexual and domestic violence compared to men. Such gender-based violence is not only a women’s issue; it is a human rights issue with deep spiritual, theological, and moral implications. With a spirit of collaboration and empowerment, this conversation illuminates how men and women—as image bearers—can both work together for gender justice and wholeness.

Moderators
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Rev. Amy Gopp

Coordinator, We Will Speak Out U.S.
Director of Member Relations and Pastoral Care, Church World Service

Featured Participants
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Jimmie Briggs

Executive Director, LOVE (Leave Out Violence)–New York
Executive Director, LOVE (Leave Out Violence)-New York
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Joe Ehrmann

Founder, Coach for America
Founder, Coach for America
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Carolyn Custis James

Author, Whitby Forum
Carolyn Custis James is an author who brings a fresh perspective to gender issues impacting men and women globally. She speaks at church conferences, colleges, and other Christian organizations in the United States and abroad and is a visiting lecturer at theological seminaries. James, who has a master's in biblical studies, blogs at Whitby Forum and Huffington Post Religion, is an adjunct faculty member at Biblical Theological Seminary in... Read More →
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Dr. Frank James

President, Biblical Theological Seminary
Dr. James has two doctorates, a D.Phil. in History from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary. Dr. James has taught at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florda (where he also served as president) and at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA (where he also served as provost). Additionally, he has served on the teaching faculties of Villanova University and Westmont College... Read More →
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L.Y. Marlow

Founder, Saving Promise
Founder and CEO, Saving Promise


Thursday June 18, 2015 5:45pm - 7:45pm
Pryzbyla Great Room

8:00pm

Break
Thursday June 18, 2015 8:00pm - 8:15pm
TBA

8:15pm

The Mask You Live In: Film Screening & Panel Discussion
As early as elementary school, boys confront messages that encourage them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women and girls, and resolve conflicts through violence. The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Expert panelists will reflect on the film and discuss the importance of shaping healthy gender norms, enabling all people to celebrate their full humanity without constructing it at the expense of one another.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
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Jimmie Briggs

Executive Director, LOVE (Leave Out Violence)–New York
Executive Director, LOVE (Leave Out Violence)-New York
avatar for Joe Ehrmann

Joe Ehrmann

Founder, Coach for America
Founder, Coach for America
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Michelle Goering

Senior Distribution Associate, The Representation Project
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Naisa Wong

Naisa Wong is a professional artisan and story cultivator who is committed to healing and transformation through the intersection of creativity and spirituality. Professionally, Wong has worked as a director, producer, performer, and creative consultant within theater, film, and television for the past 14 years. In ministry, she has served as a worship leader and as a creative arts and spiritual formation leader. She has also worked with the... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday June 18, 2015 8:15pm - 10:00pm
Pryzbyla Cafeteria

8:15pm

Violence In Chicago: Responding with Faith: Film Screening & Panel Discussion
This 2015 documentary features journalists, government officials, community activists, faith leaders, and researchers who are working to help understand the root causes and long-term effects of violence in Chicago. Those living with the daily threat of violence not only struggle to survive physically but also to find words to begin to describe their situation and lead to healing. This film highlights faith communities working to reduce violence across the Chicago area and calls congregations to action at the neighborhood level to bring about positive change.

Featured Participants
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Soong-Chan Rah

Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is Milton B. Engebretson Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago and the author of The Next Evangelicalism (InterVarsity, 2009), Many Colors (Moody, 2010), and an upcoming commentary on the book of Lamentations: Prophetic Lament (InterVarsity, 2015). He is co-author of Forgive Us (Zondervan, 2014). Rah received his B.A. in political science and history/sociology from Columbia... Read More →

Smaller Venue Facilitators
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Lani

Assistant Editor, Sojourners
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David Dault

David Dault is an expert at helping people tell their stories. He produces engaging, innovative media for public radio, public television, and public events.  He is president of the Chicago Sunday Evening Club (www.csec.org), a nonprofit which creates innovative, faith-centered engagement with important civic issues through live events, radio, television, and new media. He hosts the radio program Things Not Seen: Conversations about... Read More →
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Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

Rev. Dr. Moss, the current Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL, is an accomplished author, speaker, and activist. Rev. Dr. Moss is an ordained minister in the Progressive National Baptist Convention and the United Church of Christ, carrying dual standing in both denominations. He is a life member of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, board member of the Christian Century Magazine, Chaplain of the... Read More →
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Michael Mata

Michael A. Mata currently directs the Transformational Urban Leadership Program in Los Angeles for Azusa Pacific Seminary. He is also the Community Transformation Specialist with Compassion Creates Change, Inc. and an affiliated faculty at Fuller Theological Seminary.  Prior to his current assignments he was the Urban Development Director for World Vision U.S. Programs.  As a consultant and trainer in community youth development he... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday June 18, 2015 8:15pm - 10:00pm
Pryzbyla Great Room
 
Friday, June 19
 

7:15am

Morning Run with Sojourners Staff

Get your legs and minds moving early by joining Sojourners staff and Summit participants for a morning jog around the Catholic University campus.  Estimated time is 30 minutes and varied running paces will be available. If you’d like to join please meet at the green in between the Pryzbyla Center and the Columbus School of Law at 7:15 a.m.!


7:30am

Women Faith Leaders Breakfast
This breakfast gathering seeks to advance the voice and contributions of women faith leaders. Come network and support one another in ministry as we discern needs and explore possibilities together. All women faith leaders—clergy and laity—are invited to join us in dialogue as we look toward the future together.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
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Rev. Dr. Lindsay Andreolli-Comstock

Executive Director, The Beatitudes Society


Friday June 19, 2015 7:30am - 8:30am
Pryzbyla 327

7:30am

7:45am

LGBT Inclusion in the Evangelical Church
In the last year, several well-known evangelical churches have shifted to become fully affirming of LGBTQI Christians. Most evangelicals are not yet in the same space, but the conversation around LGBTQI inclusion is increasingly opening up throughout much of evangelicalism, presenting opportunities and challenges on all sides of the conversation. Likewise, how do we understand LGBTQI identity? And with the increasing amount of violence against Trans* people, especially Trans* people of color, how is our movement absorbing this reality? Is it? Additionally, how is the #blacklivesmatter and #translivesmatter movement helping to disrupt current LGBTIQ politics and identities that allow for a proliferation of difference?

Smaller Venue Facilitators
DR

Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza

Director of Communications, More Light Presbyterians
MV

Matthew Vines

President, The Reformation Project


Friday June 19, 2015 7:45am - 8:45am
Pryzbyla 321

8:00am

A New Generation in South Africa

Join special guests Gaynore and Msizi Cele and Miles Giljam from the South African Christian Leaders Initiative to hear about a new generation of faith leaders in South Africa. Explore how U.S. leaders can learn and share with our partners in South Africa to create a more just society.


Friday June 19, 2015 8:00am - 8:45am
Pryzbyla Great Room

8:00am

Meet the Editors of Sojourners
Want to meet the editors of Sojourners magazine and online publication? Have feedback, ideas, or suggestions you'd like to share? Need an excuse to drink more coffee? Then join our editorial staff for an informal meet-and-greet located in Pryzbyla 323.

Friday June 19, 2015 8:00am - 8:45am
Pryzbyla 323

9:00am

Becoming Human Again: Moral Injury and Soul Care for Wounded Healers
Moral injury happens when the image of God experiences evil or when one ignores her/his conscience. This session will present a theological foundation for moral injury and the need for intentional soul care for justice practitioners and others who encounter evil, such as soldiers, justice organizers, and patient caregivers. Through the power of story, participants will offer glimpses of best practices for the restoration of broken humanity to the full reflection of the image of God.

Moderators
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Jatrice Martel Gaiter

Executive Vice President of External Affairs, Volunteers of America
As executive vice president of external affairs for Volunteers of America, Jatrice Martel Gaiter works to build national awareness of the organization and support for its mission of providing programs and services for America’s most vulnerable. Gaiter has a bachelor’s in government and politics from the University of Maryland and a Juris Doctor from the Syracuse University College of Law. In November 2012, Gaiter was selected as one... Read More →

Featured Participants
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Rev. Traci Blackmon

Pastor, Christ the King United Church of Christ
Rev. Traci Blackmon is pastor and teacher at Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Mo. Initially ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Blackmon served in various capacities of ministry for nine years prior to becoming the 18th installed and first woman pastor in the 159-year history of Christ the King Church. She obtained a bachelor's in nursing from Birmingham-Southern College (1985) and a Master of Divinity... Read More →
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Scott Bostic

Missional Church Fellow, Wesley Theological Seminary
Scott Bostic is a Missional Church Fellow at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. He is studying links between faith and health, and he is promoting holistic wellness among the seminary and the communities graduates will serve. Bostic graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and served in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer and healthcare administrator. He deployed to Iraq in 2009-2010 with the 2nd Brigade Combat... Read More →
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Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock

Research Professor of Theology and Culture and Founding Director of The Soul Repair Center, Brite Divinity School
Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph.D. is Research Professor of Theology and Culture and founding director of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School. The Soul Repair Center is dedicated to recovery from moral injury, especially for veterans of war. Brock grew up in a military family, the daughter of a veteran of Korea and the stepdaughter of a veteran of World War II and Vietnam. She was a professor for 18 years before becoming director of a... Read More →
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Mike King

National President and CEO, Volunteers of America
Since 2010, Mike King has served as national president and CEO of Volunteers of America, one of the oldest and largest human service charities in the United States. King has been a major advocate for Volunteers of America in Washington, both on Capital Hill and among other peer human service organizations. His work has focused on the preservation of federal funding and other resources that support vulnerable populations. He has held executive... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
Pryzbyla Great Room

10:15am

Break
Friday June 19, 2015 10:15am - 10:30am
TBA

10:30am

Immigrants, Immigration and the Heart of the Matter
Through the framework of personal narrative, this session will illuminate the human impact of America's broken immigration system. Listen to the human struggles and practical solutions discovered by immigrants every day in their quest for the flourishing of the image of God within.

Moderators
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Noel Castellanos

CEO, Christian Community Development Association
Noel Castellanos has worked in full-time ministry in Latino urban communities since 1982. He has served in youth ministry, church planting, advocacy, and community development in San Francisco, San Jose, and Chicago. After serving on the board of the Christian Community Development Association for many years, he established the CCDA Institute, which equips emerging church leaders in the philosophy of Christian community development. He... Read More →

Featured Participants
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Rudy López

Executive Director, Interfaith Worker Justice
Rudy López is from a small steel town in Indiana called East Chicago, where he currently resides. He developed his organizing skills by working as a community organizer in the neighborhoods of Pilsen and Little Village in Chicago. In the last two years, López has focused on the passage of comprehensive immigration reform, working as a senior organizer for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) based in Washington, DC. Serving... Read More →
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Sister Norma Pimentel

Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley
Norma Pimentel is a sister with the Missionaries of Jesus. As executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley for the past 10 years, she oversees the charitable arm of the Diocese of Brownsville, providing oversight of various programs of emergency assistance, housing assistance, military assistance, clinical counseling, pregnancy care, immigration services, and jail ministry. She also leads communityefforts that respond to... Read More →
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Ravi Ragbir

Immigrant rights activist, New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City
Ravi Ragbir, an immigrant rights activist in New York City, has helped hundreds of people as an organizer with the New Sanctuary Movement. He works directly with those who are facing deportation to educate them about their case and to empower them to struggle against their deportation. He has trained numerous advocates from various immigrant and allied organizations on the impact of flawed immigration policies. Working with these groups, Ragbir... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Pryzbyla Great Room

11:30am

11:45am

Academic Lunch Gathering
A gathering for those in academia—professors, seminary presidents, faculty—to network and process Summit learnings. A special focus of this Convening will be conversations about equipping seminarians with improved training and resources to address sexual and domestic violence in congregational settings.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
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Dr. Frank James

President, Biblical Theological Seminary
Dr. James has two doctorates, a D.Phil. in History from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary. Dr. James has taught at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florda (where he also served as president) and at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA (where he also served as provost). Additionally, he has served on the teaching faculties of Villanova University and Westmont College... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 11:45am - 12:45pm
Pryzbyla 327

11:45am

Artists Convening (by invitation)
Calling artists and patrons committed to faith, advocacy, reconciliation, and peacemaking! Convened by David Bailey, founder and director of Making a Melody, and Tracy Howe Wispelwey, Director of Restoration Village Arts, this gathering of artists and supporters of the arts will consider how to unify our efforts in, for, and with justice movements and how to sustain those efforts. This is not an introductory conversation about faith, justice, and arts. This is a space for artists and supporters of the arts who have already built their mission and work around these commitments and who bring with them experience, relational connections, and energy to see more organized creative action around the issues being engaged at The Summit. We also hope to share best practices and consider how to make this vision financially possible for artists and sustainable for the movement.

Friday June 19, 2015 11:45am - 12:45pm
Pryzbyla 331

11:45am

Immigration Convening (by invitation)
While meaningful immigration reform seems to be at a halt in Congress and within our judicial court system, the spirits and efforts of advocates across the country remain lifted and committed to working for immigrants’ rights. This Convening will be an opportunity for advocates from diverse backgrounds to discuss a shared vision for building cross-sector collaboration and the practical steps needed to sustain efforts for the long haul.

Friday June 19, 2015 11:45am - 12:45pm
Pryzbyla 351

11:45am

Informal Lunchtime Convenings
In addition to the above by-invitation Convenings, we encourage participants to use this time to gather informally by issue area, field, or other affinity group.

Friday June 19, 2015 11:45am - 12:45pm
Pryzbyla Great Room

11:45am

Racial Justice Convening (by invitation)
What challenges arise in intergenerational racial justice movement building? How can elders and new leaders support each other? This by-invitation-only Convening will share lessons learned in order to deepen our strategy for the future.

Friday June 19, 2015 11:45am - 12:45pm
Pryzbyla 323

11:45am

The Role of Philanthropy in Justice Movements (by invitation)
A by-invitation gathering of funders and donor activists to discuss strategy around funding social justice movements.

Friday June 19, 2015 11:45am - 12:45pm
Pryzbyla 321

12:45pm

Break
Friday June 19, 2015 12:45pm - 1:15pm
TBA

1:15pm

Building Bridges: Secular and Religious Communities Working Together to Prevent Domestic Violence
Intimate-partner violence is a global public health crisis that affects millions of people each year, but research shows that individuals do not feel the issue is relevant in their lives or see how they can make a difference. How can secular and faith-based communities collaborate to change the conditions that perpetuate domestic violence? Through participants' input, this session—led by Saving Promise—will focus on developing effective messaging and prevention strategies to engage both the faith community and the broader society in ending intimate-partner violence.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
AD

Ann Davison

Chair of U.S. Public Affairs and Crisis Practice, Burson-Marsteller
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L.Y. Marlow

Founder, Saving Promise
Founder and CEO, Saving Promise


Friday June 19, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Pryzbyla 321

1:15pm

Fighting for the Right to Vote: A Voting Rights Salon
As the nation gears up for the 2016 election, some high-stakes battles continue around the right to vote. Since 2010, nearly two dozen states have passed new voting restrictions. And while several states have worked to improve access to the ballot for every eligible citizen, a gridlocked Congress has left voters with fewer federal protections than they have had in the last 50 years. What types of reforms are making a measurable mark in this ongoing fight? And what role should the faith community have in these crucial efforts? Join Myrna Pérez, Deputy Director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, and other experts for a candid and engaging look at the state of voting rights today. Participants in this Salon will explore modern barriers to the ballot box and discuss the types of reforms needed for the path forward.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
MP

Myrna Pérez

Deputy Director of the Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice
HR

Heather Rice-Minus

Senior Policy Advisor, Justice Fellowship


Friday June 19, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Pryzbyla 323

1:15pm

Innovations in Workforce Development
This session will highlight the work of Convoy of Hope as a case study in innovative workforce development. This organization works with local volunteers, businesses, agencies, churches, and organizations to help empower individuals with resources for employment opportunities, job training, and mentoring. This session will discuss an innovative model that is touching communities in some of the most economically disadvantaged areas of the United States. A discussion exploring cross-sector collaboration for workforce development will follow.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
TH

Terri Hasdorff

Vice President of Government Relations, Convoy of Hope

Sponsors

Friday June 19, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm
McGivney LL 009 (Two floors down from entrance)

1:15pm

Muslim Approaches to Islamic Fundamentalism

There are four sources of Islam: Quran, life of the Prophet Muhammad, analogical reasoning, and consensus building. This salon will discuss how in the contemporary situation we pursue the path of moderation and balance by interpreting and reinterpreting the original commands by emphasizing the guiding values of Islam.


Smaller Venue Facilitators
DS

Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed

National Director of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)


Friday June 19, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm
McGivney LL 012 (Two floors down from entrance)

1:15pm

Religion as Pop-Culture: The power of story to shift the conversation on immigration reform in America
This dialogue will explore the power of media and storytelling to change the conversation about immigration in the United States. Examine the power of Define American’s partnerships with organizations like the LA Times (and the new, exciting #EmergingUS venture), MTV, and CNN while also discovering online tools any group can use to generate their own media content and engage diverse audiences.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
JB

Jake Brewer

General Manager at Change.org and former Engagement Director at the Sunlight Foundation, Change.org
RR

Rev. Ryan M. Eller

Executive Director, Define American
CM

Carlos Malave

Executive Director, Christian Churches Together
MS

Marcela Salazar

Principal at The Raben Group and Emmy-nominated producer at CNN and Univision, The Raben Group
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Jose Antonio Vargas

Founder, Define American
Pulitzer Prize-Winning journalist and founder of Define American and #EmergingUS at the Los Angeles Times, Define American


Friday June 19, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm
McGivney G 005 (One floor down from entrance)

1:15pm

The Fight for Fair Food: How farmworkers are winning the struggle for justice in the fields
Join faith organizer Elena Stein of The Alliance for Fair Food and farmworker and organizer Julia de la Cruz of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) to learn about what the Washington Post has called “one of the great human rights success stories of our day." Examine how creative, powerful organizing was born out of the context of dire poverty and egregious conditions in a dusty farmworker town in Southwest Florida called Immokalee. Two decades later, the Campaign for Fair Food has won agreements with 13 major food retailers, paving the way to the CIW's Fair Food Program and a transformation of human rights in Florida’s tomato fields. Join us and consider the importance of those in poverty leading their own struggles for liberation. Learn how you or your organization can help expand what workers are calling “the new day dawning in the fields."

Smaller Venue Facilitators
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Julia de la Cruz

Farmworker and co-leader, Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)
Julia de la Cruz, originally from Guatemala, is a farmworker, organizer and member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), which has led a twenty year struggle to transform human rights in the US agricultural industry. After forging agreements with thirteen of the US’s largest food retailers — including McDonald’s, Burger King and Walmart — the CIW created the Fair Food Program, recently called in the NY Times... Read More →
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Elena Stein

Faith Organizer, The Alliance for Fair Food


Friday June 19, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Pryzbyla 327

1:15pm

Violence Against Women of Color
This Salon will explore the relationship between gender and racial violence as they particularly impact women of color. In what ways do movements to end violence against women and to end racial violence exclude women of color? If we centered women of color in our analysis, how would our organizing strategies for racial and gender justice change? This interactive conversation will explore how movements to end violence against women of color are instructive for all movements for social justice.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
DA

Dr. Andrea Smith

Board Member, NAIITS


Friday June 19, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm
McGivney LL 014 (Two floors down from entrance)

1:15pm

Be a Man: Promoting Healthy Masculinity
Daily news stories report about violence, but rarely, if ever, do they link violence to masculinity. It’s time to make the connection between the epidemic of men’s violence in our country and what society is teaching boys about masculinity. Through interactive group exercises and role playing, this training will engage participants in developing a positive construction of masculinity and will motivate men to challenge the attitudes and behaviors that support violence against women and girls.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
NM

Nick McGinty

Training Consultant, Men Can Stop Rape
AV

Adrian Valdivia

Manager of National Programs, Men Can Stop Rape


Friday June 19, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Pryzbyla 351

2:15pm

Break
Friday June 19, 2015 2:15pm - 2:45pm
TBA

2:45pm

Beyond the Culture Wars: Birth Control and Family Planning
Birth control, contraception, family planning—no matter the wording, the topic sparks debate among Christians. Globally, more than 225 million women lack access to family planning, in part due to religious and cultural resistance. In the United States, access to birth control has become controversial—though studies strongly suggest that offering free effective contraceptives may drastically lower rates of unintended pregnancy and abortion. Why is birth control controversial among U.S. Protestants, and why is access a matter of social justice? These questions and more will be explored in this session, inviting participants to envision contraceptive access as an important justice issue, while considering issues of race, geography, poverty, and (dis)ability.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
MB

Mona Bormet

Program Director, Christian Connections for International Health
EP

Ellen Painter Dollar

Author, No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Parenthood, and Faith in an Age of Advanced Reproduction (Westminster John Knox, 2012)
KK

Katie Kraft

Advocacy Coordinator, Healthy Families, Healthy Planet Project
RM

Rachel Marie Stone

Author, Eat With Joy: Redeeming God's Gift of Food
KZ

Katey Zeh

Project Director, Healthy Families, Healthy Planet Project


Friday June 19, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Pryzbyla 323

2:45pm

CANCELED: Real Talk: Othering in the Contemporary Church
All are welcome as we explore how race, class, gender, citizenship status, sexualities, incarceration history, and other aspects of social difference challenge and transform the status quo of our lived realities as Christians in contemporary U.S. society. How do Jesus-​loving Christians of diverse backgrounds discern the limits of social inclusion within Christian communities? What guidance does the Scripture provide? How do we practice fidelity to the First and Greatest Commandment given various theological, social, historical, generational, and political contexts? Come ready to hear and share stories, struggles, and strategies for navigating matters of privilege, equity, and justice in the face of resistance, prejudice, and ignorance within our own worshiping communities ... and within ourselves.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
RM

Rev. Melinda Weekes-Laidlow

President, Weekes In Advance Enterprises


Friday June 19, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Pryzbyla 327

2:45pm

Elder Salon
Join us for an intimate gathering of social justice leaders whose lives are a witness to what one person with passion can do to make the world a better place. Summit Elders are people we have identified as mentors for the next generation of trailblazers, willing to impart the lessons learned from their hard work and experience. Take this opportunity to share, learn, and glean wisdom from those who have been walking on the path of servant leadership for a very long time. Topics for this conversation include how to deal with the challenges and the burn-out that comes from doing advocacy work, how to weather defeats and remain hopeful in the face of adversity, and how to balance the work you are called to do and everything else in your life. Come be inspired!

Elders & Spiritual Directors
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Marie Dennis

Co-President, Pax Cristi International
Marie Dennis is co-president of Pax Christi International, the global Catholic peace movement, a position she shares with Bishop Kevin Dowling from South Africa. She is also a Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace. Dennis was previously director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, charged with bringing the global experience of Maryknoll missioners into the process of shaping public opinion in the United States and influencing policies of... Read More →
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Eliseo Medina

Eliseo Medina, former international secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), chairs the Immigration and Latino Civic Engagement Initiative and leads the union’s efforts to achieve commonsense immigration reform. Medina began his career as a labor activist in 1965 as a 19-year-old grape-picker. Working alongside Cesar Chavez, he honed his skills as a union organizer and political strategist. In 1996, he was... Read More →
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Roy I. Sano

Rev. Roy I. Sano was born in 1931 in Brawley, Calif., to immigrant parents from Japan. As an adolescent, he went with his family to Poston Relocation Center during World War II and later to Pennsylvania in a Quaker resettlement program. Sano received a B.A. from UCLA, an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University. A bishop in the United Methodist Church, he also has been a pastor and... Read More →

Friday June 19, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Pryzbyla 321

2:45pm

The Color of Criminalization
Criminalization is a system of racial and social control. Its impact is the social, political, and economic marginalization of poor people and people of color. This Salon will examine the roots of criminalization and highlight the many policies fueling mass criminalization, including America’s decades-old, war on drugs, our current immigration policies, and the school-to-prison pipeline. We will also examine ways that criminalization has been used as a form of social control to disenfranchise and support a permanent underclass in the country. Participants will gain language and frameworks to discuss mass criminalization as a racial justice issue, identify ways to disrupt the criminalization pipeline, and articulate a moral and theological framework through which we can challenge race-based criminalization.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
YC

Yolande Cadore

Director, Strategic Partnerships, Drug Policy Alliance


Friday June 19, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
McGivney G 005 (One floor down from entrance)

2:45pm

The Iran Nuclear Agreement
Smaller Venue Facilitators
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Dr. David Cortright

Director of Policy Studies, The Kroc Institute
Director of Policy Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame


Friday June 19, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
McGivney LL 012 (Two floors down from entrance)

2:45pm

Executive Action Update and Implementation
President Obama's executive actions on immigration are the most significant immigration policy changes in the last decades and have the potential of benefiting more than 5 million immigrants, their families, their communities, and our country. Come learn about how these changes came about, who is eligible, what is needed to make them a reality, and how they affect your work.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
KE

Kamal Essaheb

Immigration Policy Attorney, National Immigration Law Center


Friday June 19, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
McGivney LL 014 (Two floors down from entrance)

2:45pm

Fossil Fuel Divestment Training
In this meeting for clergy and lay leaders, we’ll explore the moral, theological, and biblical basis for divestment, examine the criteria that faith groups have used to justify past divestment decisions, and share how various religious and secular bodies have approached divestment.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
RF

Rev. Fletcher Harper

Executive Director, GreenFaith


Friday June 19, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
McGivney LL 009 (Two floors down from entrance)

2:45pm

The Death Penalty: Broken Beyond Repair
Is the death penalty system just? Who is most impacted by our system of capital punishment? How should Christians respond to executions in our country? Come and discuss these questions and more. As Christians, we have great reason to be concerned about the way the death penalty functions in our nation—from innocent people being sentenced to death to racial disparities in its application to harmful effects on victims' family members. Attendees will have a chance to dialogue about many issues surrounding the death penalty. Learn how the faith community, and particularly evangelicals, are playing a role in knocking the death penalty to its knees.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
HB

Heather Beaudoin

National Organizer, Equal Justice USA


Friday June 19, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Pryzbyla 351

3:45pm

Break
Friday June 19, 2015 3:45pm - 4:15pm
TBA

4:15pm

ISIS, Syria, and Iran: Approaches to Peace in Shifting Sand
There are several challenges that ISIS and the rise of violent extremism pose to people of faith, policymakers, and all those seeking a more just, secure, and peaceful world. How do we address such violence in ways that are faithful and effective? There are several competing visions today for what faithful and effective responses should be: from nonviolent conflict resolution to focusing on diplomacy or policy to armed peacekeepers to full military engagement. This Summit Session will explore the tensions between such shared values as nonviolence, human security, human rights, protecting lives, and ultimately, effectiveness. Together we will seek to uncover ways our policymakers can better address the challenges ISIS poses in more faithful and effective ways. There will be a Faith Consultation on ISIS, Syria, and Iran taking place concurrently with Salon Sessions. This Consultation is by invitation only.

Moderators
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John Hartley

Executive Director, Pathways for Mutual Respect
John Hartley is founder and executive director of Pathways for Mutual Respect. He is also a research fellow at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. Hartley works as a scholar-diplomat to understand and strategically fill gaps in relations between Muslims and Christians and the actors that shape their worlds. He holds a B.A. in international relations (honors and special recognition) from UC Davis; an M.A. in Iranian history (distinction) from... Read More →

Featured Participants
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Dr. David Cortright

Director of Policy Studies, The Kroc Institute
Director of Policy Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame
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Tim Dixon

Managing Director, Purpose Europe
Tim Dixon is the managing director of Purpose Europe and chief political strategist for Purpose globally, and the co-founder of The Syria Campaign. Since 2011 he has led the political and communications strategies across Purpose's US and international projects, building new social movements and helping to mobilize over 50 million people to join movements and campaigns. Before going to Purpose, Tim worked as a senior political strategist for... Read More →
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Roy Hange

Instructor, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University
Roy Hange has more than ten years of local knowledge of conflict dynamics in the Middle East, thirty years of tracking religious identity and conflict, and decades of involvement in peacebuilding encounters in Muslim, Christian and political contexts. Hange teaches the Faith-Based Peacebuilding course at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute at Eastern Mennonite University. He spent 10 years in the Middle East working in the encounter zones... Read More →
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Raed Jarrar

Policy Impact Coordinator, Office of Public Policy and Advocacy, American Friends Service Committee
Raed Jarrar serves as AFSC’s Policy Impact Coordinator at the Office of Public Policy and Advocacy in Washington, D.C. Since his immigration to the U.S. in 2005, he has worked on political and cultural issues pertaining to U.S. engagement in the Arab and Muslim worlds. He is widely recognized as an expert on political, social, and economic developments in the Middle East. He has testified in numerous Congressional hearings and briefings... Read More →
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Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love

Associate Professor of International Relations, Politics Department of The Catholic University of America
Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love is a tenured associate professor of international relations in the Politics Department of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She is on the Core Group for the U.S. Department of State's Working Group on Religion and Foreign Policy, charged with making recommendations to the Secretary of State and the Federal Advisory Commission on how the U.S. government can better engage with civil society and... Read More →
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Dr. Maria Stephan

Senior Policy Fellow, United States Institute of Peace
Dr. Maria J. Stephan is a senior policy fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, where she focuses on the dynamics of civil resistance and their relevance for violent conflict prevention and democratic development. Previously, Stephan was lead foreign affairs officer in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO), where she worked... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 4:15pm - 5:25pm
Pryzbyla Great Room

5:30pm

5:45pm

Honoring and Blessing Ceremony
Join us as we close our time together by turning our hearts toward God in music, liturgy, and song. We will honor the faithful witness of two groups among us: our Elders and the organizers of the Ferguson movement. In celebration, we will reflect on our time together as we prepare to return to our communities. This was last year’s top-rated gathering, so you don’t want to miss it!

Friday June 19, 2015 5:45pm - 7:45pm
Pryzbyla Great Room

8:00pm

Break
Friday June 19, 2015 8:00pm - 8:30pm
TBA

8:15pm

Windows to the Soul Concert
Let music lift your soul and provide space for restorative reflection on the events and conversations of The Summit! Music is provided by Lowland Hum and Arsena Schroeder. Composed of husband and wife Daniel Levi Goans and Lauren Plank Goans, Lowland Hum’s mix of music and visual art invites a unique connection between audiences and performers. Their debut release, Native Air, was praised for its sincere lyrics and haunting harmonies. Their sophomore self-titled album, released in April, features a more expansive sound, with songs reflecting the growing scope of their music. Arsena Schroeder’s debut album, Songs for My Artist Child, features music about awakening your inner creativity in the essence of truth, light, and love. Schroeder’s music has been compared to Corinne Bailey Rae, India Arie, and Lauryn Hill. Her songs bring together singer-songwriter and pop-soul genres, intertwined with themes of empowerment, love, and cryptic faith in a mix meant to free and fuel the soul.

Artists
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Arsena Schroeder

Independent artist Arsena Schroeder has released her debut album, For My Artist Child—12 songs about awakening your inner creativity in the essence of truth, light, and love. Schroeder’s music, voice, and songwriting have been compared to the likes of Corinne Bailey Rae, India Arie, and Lauryn Hill. She crafts original songs soaked in singer-songwriter and pop-soul genres. Issues of empowerment, love, and cryptic faith are lyrically... Read More →
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Lowland Hum

Shortly after their marriage in 2012, Lauren and Daniel Goans quit their odd jobs do music full time. Out of these collaborations, Lowland Hum was born. Their first album, Native Air, was released in 2013 to overwhelming affirmation. Their work was praised for its sincere lyrics, sparse arrangements, and haunting harmonies. Their EP Four Sisters was released in 2014. In 2015, Lowland Hum released a self-titled album, enlisting the help of... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 8:15pm - 10:00pm
Pryzbyla Great Room
 
Saturday, June 20
 

7:30am

9:00am

Introduction to Restorative Justice
Restorative justice focuses on the needs of victims and offenders, as well as the involved community, instead of satisfying abstract legal principles or punishing the offender. In spirit, Restorative Justice Circles are similar to Nelson Mandela's Truth and Reconciliation practices in South Africa. This workshop will explore the theory and practice of restorative justice, and will discuss the Beloved Community, both as prerequisite to and product of restorative justice practices.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
SH

Saleem Hylton

Owner, Youth & Families In Crisis, LLC
RR

Rev. Rebecca Stelle

Co-Pastor, Church of Christ, Right Now


Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
McGivney LL 014 (Two floors down from entrance)

9:00am

Practical Climate Communications: From Research to Implementation
Few leaders wishing to engage their followers on climate issues have access to polling, marketing, or communications research. Effective engagement must be informed by and evolve with the public attitudes that we aim to influence. ecoAmerica shows how research-derived climate communications can engage mainstream Americans with positive messages. We provide values-based message frames along with specific communications learnings before walking participants through an assessment of effective and ineffective message frames and messages, creating a hands-on environment where participants can deconstruct climate communications and begin to apply lessons to their own approaches to communicating about climate adaptation impacts, policies, and programs.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
KB

Kara Ball

Director, Faith Communities, ecoAmerica

Sponsors

Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
McGivney LL 009 (Two floors down from entrance)

9:00am

CANCELED: Social Media for Movement Building
This training will teach participants to harness the power of social media in story telling and movement building around racial justice. The movement against police brutality has been fought from the grassroots through radical interconnectedness through social media. Learn the theoretical and practical lessons from the organizers themselves.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
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Netta Elzie

Associate Field Organizer, Amnesty International
Associate Field Organizer, Amnesty International
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DeRay Mckesson

Founder and Co-Editor, Ferguson Protestor Newsletter
DeRay Mckesson is the founder and co-editor of the Ferguson Protestor Newsletter.


Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Pryzbyla 323

9:00am

Faith Messaging: Introductory Media Training
Limited Capacity full

Auburn Media has equipped more than 4,000 leaders of faith and moral courage to speak prophetically through the media. Learn the best ways to prepare for an interview and other forms of media engagement, including a messaging strategy designed specifically to leverage the power of faith voices to carry the critical conversations of our time.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
KA

Kellie Anderson-Picallo

Trainer, Auburn Media

Sponsors

Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Pryzbyla 331

9:00am

Making a Statement—Making a Difference: Investing in Social Change
Today, how something happens is nearly as important as what happens. A mindful approach to routine activities can have a significant impact on both people and the planet—and can elevate the mission and reputation of your organization. From climate change to human trafficking to economic inclusion, discover how you can integrate your faith and values with your investments. Hear the stories of institutions and individuals who are making both a statement and a difference through stewardship investing.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
KM

Kathryn McCloskey

Director, Social Responsibility, United Church Funds
MR

Mark Regier

Vice President of Stewardship Investing, Everence

Sponsors

Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
McGivney LL 011 (Two floors down from entrance)

9:00am

Providing Sanctioned Legal Services to Immigrants
This training will show you how to move beyond advocacy to building capacity for churches, denominations, and community centers to work holistically by offering legal services to immigrants. The government restricts who can advise immigrants, because bad advice from fraudulent notarios can result in deportation. Groups can open a legal office, but there are requirements that must be met in order for the government to approve the site. The Immigration Alliance will walk churches, denominations, and community centers through the process of getting set up.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
AM

Alejandro Mandes

Executive Director, The Immigration Alliance


Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Pryzbyla 321

9:00am

Faith in Action Mobilizing Training
Faith communities across the country are drawing from deep wells of legacy to organize and advocate for a more just world. People of faith are returning to their spiritual roots for guidance on how to engage the world’s struggles for justice in ways that honor our faith. Join Lisa Sharon Harper for a training that draws from the rich spiritual core of historic justice movements. Participants will gain the basic tools and insights needed to analyze their community, strategize, build collaborative networks, and take action—all in a way that draws from the roots of their faith traditions.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
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Lisa Sharon Harper

Chief Church Engagement Officer, Sojourners
From Ferguson to New York to Germany, Lisa has been leading trainings and helping mobilize clergy and community leaders around shared values for the common good, with a focus on racial justice. Prior to joining Sojourners, Lisa was the founding executive director of New York Faith & Justice — an organization at the hub of a new ecumenical movement to end poverty in New York City. In that capacity, she helped establish Faith Leaders... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 12:00pm
Pryzbyla 351

10:30am

Behind the Lens: Introductory Camera Training
Limited Capacity full

Need to prepare for an interview with the local news? You just landed a spot on a video podcast? What will you say? Join Auburn Media for an introductory session preparing you to fly under pressure, with the cameras rolling! Be ready to handle difficult questions, tough topics, and present with confidence on screen.


Smaller Venue Facilitators
KA

Kellie Anderson-Picallo

Trainer, Auburn Media

Sponsors

Saturday June 20, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Pryzbyla 331

10:30am

Restoring Hope: Healing the Wounds of Trauma
Learn how communities can help people heal from trauma and loss through a contextualized approach that fuses biblical and mental health principles. This training includes an experiential taster and overview of our trauma healing model, which serves adults and children in more than 150 languages around the world.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
HH

Harriet Hill

Program Director, Trauma Healing Institute, American Bible Society


Saturday June 20, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
McGivney LL 009 (Two floors down from entrance)

10:30am

Spiritual Practices for Congregations Confronting Our Own Racial Bias
As people of faith claim our identity in Christ, we relate in new ways to the world’s categories of male and female, Jew and Gentile, slave and free. In this workshop, members of the Church of Christ, Right Now will discuss three spiritual practices that have helped us detach from the identities and relationships that the world assigns to us. We allow these spiritual practices to help us understand ourselves and each other anew, giving us space for greater freedom in relationships across the divides of race and class.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
RR

Rev. Rebecca Stelle

Co-Pastor, Church of Christ, Right Now
LW

Larry Watson

Co-Pastor, Church of Christ, Right Now


Saturday June 20, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
McGivney LL 014 (Two floors down from entrance)

10:30am

The Welcoming Church for Returning Citizens
What would it look like if the church treated the prison or jail the same way we do the hospital? What if we ministered to individuals and families affected by crime and incarceration in the same way we minister to those impacted by sickness and death? This training will help congregations mobilize existing resources, specifically the formal and informal networks characteristic of congregational life, and the Christian ideals of forgiveness, healing, redemption, and reconciliation to become stations of hope for those affected by the criminal justice system.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
DH

Dr. Harold Dean Trulear

National Director, Healing Communities


Saturday June 20, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
McGivney LL 011 (Two floors down from entrance)

10:45am

ONWARD: Story-based Tools to Foster Welcoming Communities
Welcoming America and Active Voice co-present this workshop about the best ways to select and strategically use story to deepen understanding and action around immigration, especially when it comes to welcoming newcomers. We will introduce ONWARD, a new story-based platform developed by Active Voice to support careful and nuanced conversations about pressing immigration-related themes in churches, seminaries, and other spaces where people of faith gather. ONWARD pairs a curated slate of short video pieces, long-form documentaries, audio pieces, and other stories with carefully vetted data and scriptural references to help leaders positively advance the conversation in their communities. Participants will walk away with some creative ideas and practical tools to begin incorporating story into their activities immediately and to create welcoming communities.

Smaller Venue Facilitators
KB

Keiron Bone Dormegnie

Membership & Events Director, Welcoming America
SD

Sahar Driver

Program Director, Active Voice


Saturday June 20, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
Pryzbyla 321

12:00pm