Register for the Planning Workshop for Children's Sabbath on Sept. 1

Workshop led by Melanie Gordon, Do-LOVE-Walk Collective founder, and Shannon Daley-Harris of the Children’s Defense Fund

Register for the Planning Workshop for Children's Sabbath on Sept. 1
Art created by Azucena, age 16, at the Give Ye Them to Eat program in Puebla, Mexico.

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The workshop will take place virtually on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at 3 pm ET / 2 pm Central / 1 pm Mountain / Noon Pacific times.

Join United Methodist Women members and friends for an interactive workshop where we will learn how to engage our congregations in the Children’s Sabbaths celebration, a nationwide multi-faith effort including worship, education, and action to generate year-round efforts to improve children’s lives. United Methodists celebrate Children's Sabbath on the second Sunday in October.

This workshop will offer practical planning strategies and creative ideas for worship, education, outreach and advocacy that you can take back to your congregation and community to engage them in the 2021 Children’s Sabbath, “Where Does It Hurt? Listening to Heal Our Children.” 

Registration is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. This workshop will be about 1.5 hours in length. It will not be recorded. There will be opportunities for live/interactive participation. 

Want more information about Children's Sabbath? See these resources from Children's Defense Fund.

About the Workshop Leaders

Melanie C. Gordon

Melanie C. Gordon created the consulting, coaching, and advocacy firm, Do-LOVE-Walk Collective - serving non-profits, faith communities, educational institutions, and individuals in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) and social justice dialogues, vocational coaching with young people, and covenant discipleship with children. Melanie recently completed her tenure as Religion and Ethics Instructor, and Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Christ Church Episcopal School in Greenville, South Carolina, USA. Previously, Melanie served for ten years as Director of Ministry with Children in the Leadership Ministries Division of Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church. She was responsible to The United Methodist Church for providing nationwide training and resourcing, doing research and networking for leaders and teachers engaged in ministry for children. Melanie’s most recent publications include What Every Child Should Experience: A Guide for Teachers and Leaders in United Methodist Congregations, Children’s Ministry Guidelines for both the 2013-16 and 2017-20 Quadrennium, Growing Everyday Disciples – Covenant Discipleship with Children, and Guidelines for Weekday Preschool Ministry Programs in United Methodist Churches. Melanie earned a Master of Church Ministries from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Clemson University. To read Melanie Gordon's full bio, click here.

Shannon Daley-Harris

The Rev. Dr. Shannon Daley-Harris has served the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) for more than thirty years. While serving as CDF’s Director of Religious Affairs, she created the National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths in 1992 and launched CDF’s Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry in 1995. Since 1998, Shannon has served as CDF’s Senior Religious Advisor, directing the Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry, guiding the National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths, authoring the multi-faith Children’s Sabbath resource manual for congregations, leading spiritual retreats, and coordinating various aspects of CDF’s partnership with the faith community. Shannon’s dozens of publications include Hope for Our Future: Answering God’s Call to Justice for Our Children and Welcome the Child: A Child Advocacy Guide for Churches (with Kathleen A. Guy). Shannon earned her B.A. from Brown University, her Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary, and her Doctor of Ministry at Drew University. To read Rev. Dr. Shannon Daley-Harris' full bio, click here.

Posted or updated: 8/28/2021 12:00:00 AM

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Resources from the Children's Defense Fund