From the Children’s Defense Fund (http://www.childrensdefense.org):
The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) is hosting a national conference, Pursuing Justice for Children and the Poor—with Urgency and Persistence (http://www.childrensdefense.org/national-conference/index.html), for 3,000 leading child advocates, including 1,000 young servant leaders, July 22 – 25, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Through cutting edge plenary sessions and dozens of compelling workshops (http://www.childrensdefense.org/national-conference/program-glance.html), we will focus on the latest research, best practices, and community building models, as well as community and youth empowerment strategies to close the gap between what we know works and what we actually do for our most vulnerable—children and the poor. America’s top experts, leading practitioners, and most committed activists will help shape a national conversation on economic inequity and catalyze systematic action for children and the poor in 2012 and beyond as CDF continues the critical work of helping build a transforming movement to change America’s priorities and create a just playing field for every child to survive and thrive.
This Community and Youth Empowerment Conference will have enriched offerings for people from the faith community.
We will begin the evening of Sunday, July 22 as we gather for an inspiring multi-faith Children’s Sabbath service to which not only conference participants but also community members are invited. This will be a chance for you to see first-hand and participate in the multi-faith Children’s Sabbath service (http://www.childrensdefense.org/national-conference/day-1.html) that will be included in our 2012 Children’s Sabbath materials. We hope and trust that you will leave the service not only inspired for your own faithful advocacy with and for children, but that you will also leave with ideas and renewed energy for planning a Children’s Sabbath in your own place of worship and/or in your community this coming October.
Following the Children’s Sabbath service, we will participate in an extraordinary session, “Lift Every Voice: The Vital Role of Music in Building a Movement for Justice” (http://www.childrensdefense.org/national-conference/day-1.html), as we hear from and sing with Sweet Honey in the Rock and other leading performers. You will leave not only moved, but also ready for movement-building, and perhaps with new ideas for music to incorporate into your Children’s Sabbath celebrations in the future.
The mornings of Monday, July 23, Tuesday, July 24, and Wednesday, July 25 will begin, for those who wish, with Morning Devotions including the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., and Rev. Otis Moss III.
In plenary sessions and workshops, leading experts will present the latest research and best practices to close the gap between what we know works for children and what we do in practice. Workshop options will include those tailored specifically for the religious community, including one on building powerful, inclusive multi-faith coalitions and how planning a Children’s Sabbath can be a part of that effort.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to gather with thousands of friends of children from across many sectors who share your concern for children in our nation and commitment to pursue justice for children and poor families with urgency and persistence. If ever there was a time to raise a mighty voice for children, this is it. Please plan to add your voice to this extraordinary once-in-a-decade gathering. Go to http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1060345 to register now.
If you have any questions, you can contact me at SDaleyHarris@childrensdefense.org. I hope to see you in Cincinnati this July and that you will save the date now to celebrate the 21st annual National Observance of Children’s Sabbath this October 19-21, 2012.