Did you enjoy Convocation? You won’t want to miss this!

Raising Justice Kids, a diocesan gathering focused on fellowship, learning, and Becoming Beloved Community, will be held at the Procter Center on Saturday, October 19. The event is designed to be family friendly, with opportunities for intergenerational dialogue, fun activities and opportunities to explore how we can unite in preparing all of our children to follow Jesus as healers, reconcilers and justice-makers.

The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey

The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey will be our keynote speaker. Her address, “Raising White Kids: An Anti-Racism Conversation for All of Us,” will invite us to explore together how we might integrate the call in Becoming Beloved Community into our parenting, youth ministry, and care for our children as we commit to raising justice kids. Youth will be engaged as well so that the day will sow the seeds of cross-generational dialogue and Becoming.

Harvey is a writer, speaker, and professor of religion at Drake University where she also serves as Faculty Director for the Crew Scholars Program. She has a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. Her work focuses primarily on racial justice and white anti-racism. Harvey’s most recent books include Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in Racially Unjust America (Abingdon Press) and Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation (Wm. B. Eerdmans). She has contributed to the New York Times, CNN, and been a guest on both Iowa and National Public Radio (including NPR’s “It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders”). She is a widely sought-after public speaker and is ordained in the American Baptist Churches (USA).

Following the keynote session, we will share a harvest lunch, giving thanks for Procter’s fall harvest then engage in community-driven conversations inspired by our morning together. Is there a question you’re burning to explore with others? Have you been working on a related project that you’d love to share? Are you coming up against a challenge and need some support? There will be time and space for these rich dialogues.

The late afternoon will be a time for fellowship, with hayrides, pumpkin painting and beautiful music, so that we’ll be ready to return home with full hearts, minds, and spirit. And if you’re not ready to leave, you are invited to stay overnight for a campfire and Sunday morning Eucharist to deepen the experience, in community.

There is no cost for the event, but room charges for optional overnight lodging at Procter will apply. Register at https://diosohio.wufoo.com/forms/raising-justice-kids/