Justice17 Intensives

June 8th

Justice Intensives are one day, hands on trainings that are designed to equip individuals and teams with tools for community engagement. We are thrilled to partner with a variety of organizations that are at the forefront of justice work in America and abroad.

Pre-Registration: $69 (lunch included)
On-Site Registration: $79 (lunch included)

Justice is a Lifestyle:

Moving from Theory to Practice

Justice isn’t justice until it’s lived out! The practical work of justice is all about moving from theory to practice and that’s what we’re committed to at Mission Year! Come spend a day with us as we dive into this work. The first part of the day will get us thinking about theory and asking questions like, “What is justice?” The later part of the day will get us thinking about the practice of justice and how we’re living out the answers to those questions. Throughout the day we’ll visit with our partners on the west and south sides of Chicago. We’ll challenge the ways we think, examine the ways we live, and and learn from those who living out justice in their everyday lives. Whether you’re a student, a neighbor, a practitioner, pastor, or activist; this day is for you!

Location: Mission Year
1947 S. Hamlin Ave. FL 2 60623




Throughout history societal violence has ignited movements of peace. Join us as we learn new strategies that have been proven to reduce violence and incarceration in under-resourced communities. We’ll have the opportunity to hear from leaders that are implementing non-violent strategies in urban contexts across the country. Clergy and lay leaders alike are invited to join this

Location: Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
700 E Oakwood Blvd
Chicago, IL

Pursuing Justice in the Wake of Disasters

No, you’re not imagining it…disasters really are happening more frequently these days. And they’re not just one-time events; they’re ongoing humanitarian crises that present a huge opportunity for the church to demonstrate God’s love and care for the vulnerable. Join Humanitarian Disaster Institute, a social science research center at Wheaton College, for an interactive workshop that will equip you to serve amid disasters (e.g., natural disasters, refugee crises, mass shootings, acts of terrorism) both domestically and internationally. Participants will gain new knowledge, skills, and networks for effectively leading their congregations in developing disaster ministries or ministering to those in crisis. This workshop will cover ways to help in the immediate aftermath and long-term, walk alongside those who are suffering, get their church involved, and understand how disasters fit into our understanding of God and why they’re one of the most pressing justice issues in our world today.

Location: Wheaton College,
501 College Av | Lower Beamer Center | Phelps Room

Schedule & Speakers


Shawn Casselberry – Executive Director, Mission Year

Ra Mendoza – Recruitment/Diversity/Academic Coordinator, Mission Year

8:00-9:00am Registration

9:00-10:30am Justice Starts with You: The Power of Identity – Examining our Identities and the Spaces we’re in

10:45-12:00am Examining the Structures: Understanding Structural Justice

12:00-1:00 Lunch & Story Share with Mission Year Alumni

1:15-2:15pm Working towards Equity: Justice requires Tangible Action

2:30-3:30pm Community Building: Justice Work is Mutual

Schedule & Speakers


Michael McBride – National Director for Urban Strategies/LIVE FREE Campaign

9:00-10:00am Registration

10:00-11:00am Opening Session with Michael McBride

11:15-12:15am Breakouts

12:15 Lunch

1:00-2:00pm Panel Discussion

2:15-3:30pm Breakouts

3:30-4:00pm – closing session

Schedule & Speakers


Jamie Aten – PhD, founder and executive director of Humanitarian Disaster Institute

10:00-11:00am Why You’re Thinking About Disasters All Wrong
– Disasters and biblical justice
– Explore moral implications of disasters
– 5 things everyone needs to know about disasters

11:00-12:00 Prepare
– Help that actually helps
– Cultivating psychological and spiritual resilience
– Rethinking preparedness

Networking Lunch | 12-12:30
12:30-2:30 Care
– How can I help right now?
– How can I walk alongside disaster survivors?
– How can I sit in the hard places of suffering? (e.g. “Where was God in all of this?”)

2:30-3:00pm Mobilize
– Moving beyond armchair activism
– How to identify and support trusted organizations
– How to get your church involved