Special Activities

Meet and Greet

Wednesday, 9:15-11:00pm
Location: Stage II, Storyville Hall

Stay around the hotel on Wednesday night, meet new friends and reconnect with old friends. Grab a late night pizza or dessert & coffee in Stage II, enjoy the jazz music, check out the art gallery & exhibits, and meet at least a half dozen new people. It’s the CCDA way!

Salsa Dancing

Wednesday, 9:15-11:30pm
Location: Strand 12

It’s back! After a 3 year hiatus, Salsa Dancing is back. All are welcome, beginners and old pros. Don’t know how to salsa? No worries…the first hour will be primarily teaching the steps, then the party starts. This is a great way to meet new friends and hang out with friends you haven’t seen for a while on the opening night of the conference!

Running with Noel

Thursday and Friday, 7:00-7:45am
Location: Meet in the Main Lobby

Running with Noel is now a CCDA tradition. Start your day off with an early morning run/walk led by the CEO of CCDA, Noel Castellanos.

Film Screening: The House I Live In

Thursday, 9:00-11:30pm
Location: Celestin Ballroom D & E


In forty years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before. Filmed in more than twenty states, The House I Live In captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America’s war on drugs. From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America’s longest war — a definitive portrait revealing its profound human rights implications.

The film recognizes the seriousness of drug abuse as a matter of public health, and investigates the tragic errors and shortcomings that have meant this symptom is most often treated as a cause for law enforcement, creating a vast machine that largely feeds on America’s poor, and especially on minority communities. Beyond simple misguided policy, the film examines how political and economic corruption have fueled the war for 40 years, despite persistent evidence of its moral, economic, and practical failures.

Why this film?

In 2010, CCDA began the annual Justice Film Festival in conjunction with the National Conference. This year’s conference in New Orleans will focus on just one film, The House I Live In. This film will help set the stage for Michelle Alexander’s presentation in Friday morning’s plenary session and the subsequent panel discussion.

Stick around after the screening for a discussion about the implications and connections between America’s war on drugs and issues of mass incarceration led by Pastor Matthew Watts and Dr. Angela Sedeno (contributors to Friday morning’s panel on mass incarceration).

Lifelines Campaign Luncheon with Michelle Alexander

With Michelle Alexander and Michael McBride
Friday, 11:45-1:15pm
Location: Strand 13
Cost: $15 (Tickets available at on-site Registration)

The Lifelines to Healing Campaign is a national effort of the PICO National Network that aims to address the root causes of violence in cities. “No community is immune from gun violence. We have all felt the pain of losing someone close to us too soon,” said Pastor Michael McBride, who leads the Lifelines to Healing Campaign. Learn more about the Lifelines Campaign from Michael McBride and hear more from Michelle Alexander.

Open Mic Night

Friday, 9:00-11:30pm
Location: Celestin Ballroom

Hosted by New Orleans Hip Hop artist and pastor, Corey Hicks and Newark Hip Hop artist and teacher, Lionel King. Friday evening’s Open Mic Night offers attendees the chance to display skills of poetry, prose, and verse, alongside scheduled performances, with musical performances by the house band. Sign up at the Information Booth in Stage II. You must be a registered CCDA National Conference attendee in order to participate (show your name tag). Performances have a strict 4-minute time limit.

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Special Activities

CCDA Supper Club

This offering is perfect for anyone attending the conference alone or those who want to enjoy a meal with others. Sign up at the Info Booth (on-site only) and meet fellow CCDers as you join a small group and walk together to a downtown restaurant. We’ll have you back in time for the evening session.

Each night of the conference, groups will leave for the Supper Club at the following times:
Wednesday: 5pm-6:45pm
Thursday & Friday: 4:30pm-6:45pm

First Timers Party sponsored by Sojourners

Wednesday, September 26; 9:30pm

If this is your first time at the CCDA National Conference, join Sojourners staff for a party at Hell’s Kitchen after Wednesday evening’s plenary. Only two blocks from the Hilton, this event features good food, music and special surprises. CCDA board, staff and Host Team members will be there. Space is limited; tickets will be available on-site only, immediately following Wednesday evening’s plenary session.


Native Sacred Sites Tour

Thursday, September 27; 1pm-5:30pm
Led by Jim Bear Jacobs, Healing Minnesota’s Stories


Healing Minnesota’s Stories is a volunteer movement committed to raising public awareness to American Indian issues and history. CCDA is partnering with Healing Minnesota’s Stories to offer a sacred sites tour during the National Conference, featuring key locations in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. By better understanding the stories of the earth upon which we walk we can begin to better understand the people who were created from that earth.

Tour leader Jim Bear Jacobs is a Turtle clan member of the Mohican Nation. Jim Bear lives in the Twin Cities and is dedicated to raising awareness to American Indian issues. He serves as a cultural facilitator, leading conversations regarding an American Indian approach to Christian theology.

Space is limited. Register now.


Thursday, September 27
1:00pm Bus departs Hilton*
5:30pm Bus returns to Hilton

*This tour does not include a lunch stop; plan to bring a bag lunch with you or eat before attending.

Genesis and Genocide
The tour begins at Fort Snelling State Park where the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers converge. This site is the center of the Dakota world and is the location of Dakota creation. It is also the setting for one of the darkest chapters in Minnesota history.

A Better Tomorrow for Whom?
Pilot Knob Hill is a traditional Dakota burial site. Here we discuss how development and expansion puts many Native sites at risk. Pilot Knob was scheduled for development and was only recently saved through the efforts of community activists.


Film Screening: Dakota 38

Thursday, September 27
Screening begins at 9:15pm; discussion to follow (film length: 77 minutes)



In the spring of 2005, Jim Miller awoke from a dream in which 38 of his Dakota ancestors were hanged. At the time, Jim knew nothing of the largest mass execution in United States history ordered by Abraham Lincoln on December 26, 1862.

“When you have dreams, you know when they come from the creator. As any recovered alcoholic, I made believe that I didn’t get it. I tried to put it out of my mind, yet it’s one of those dreams that bothers you night and day.”

Four years later, Jim and a group of riders decided to retrace the 330-mile route of his dream on horseback across the great plains to arrive at the hanging site in Mankato, Minnesota on the anniversary of the execution. They have since made it an annual ride.

This is the story of their journey–the blizzards they endure, the communities that house and feed them along the way, and the dark history they are beginning to wipe away.

Why this film?
Two years ago, CCDA began the annual Justice Film Festival, in conjunction with the National Conference. In light of this year’s conference location and the legacy of indigenous peoples in this part of the country, we wanted to focus on just one film, Dakota 38, produced by and featuring Native Americans from the Rosebud and Pine Ridge reservations of South Dakota. 2012 marks the 150th anniversary of the execution of 38 Dakota warriors in Mankato and we thought it a unique opportunity to become more aware of the history of the indigenous hosts of our land.

Stick around after the screening to discuss with ride founder, Jim Miller, and his wife Alberta the history and hope that this documentary presents.

Download a flyer to post in your church or office.


Discover the City: Twin Cities History Tour

Friday, September 28; 12pm-5:30pm

What is the story of a neighborhood? A city? Ministry does not take place in a vacuum.  It is intimately connected to the forces, cultures, policies and history that shape its community. To understand the growth and impact of ministry in the Twin Cities, you need to understand its context. Come and learn about the stories that have shaped the Twin Cities and the ministries that have developed within these contexts that are helping to shape the future. Come hear the story of God at work.  

The tour includes a socio-cultural and historical perspective of the Twin Cities, how it has changed and how ministries are responding to and creating transformation. A $10 registration fee includes lunch.

Space is limited. Register now.


Spoken Word Open Mic Night

Friday, September 28; 9:00pm

Spoken Word Open Mic Night FLyerHosted by Twin Cities spoken word artists Ssence and No Projection, Friday evening’s Open Mic Night offers attendees the chance to display skills of poetry, prose and verse, alongside planned performances. Get your poetry ready for recitation and sign up for a slot. Sign up is available Friday evening after the plenary session.

This event is free and open to the public. Share our flyer with friends and like this event on Facebook.


“Taste of the Cities” Lunch and Shopping Tour

Saturday, September 29; 11:30am-2:15pm

From the Global Market to the Somali Mall, come explore the most culturally diverse neighborhood in the U.S. Shop, eat and experience the cultural colors of Minneapolis. There is no fee for this tour; some vendors will accept cash only.

Space is limited. Register now.


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