CYMS Lecture Series

Join us for the Center for Youth Ministry Studies Lecture Series. These lectures are free to attend; pre-registration is appreciated.

All lectures will be available via webinar (unless otherwise notated) for those not in Chicago who wish to participate. Visit the registration links for details.

Parking is available in campus parking lots after 4:00 pm without a permit. Download our campus map and get directions to campus.

Faith, Food and Youth Ministry

Honoring the Ancestors: Sustainable Urban and Rural Living 

Presented by Frederick D. Carter, Co-Founder and Director of Black Oaks Center for Sustainable Renewable Living in Pembroke Township, Ill.

Monday, October 27, 2014

6:30–8:30 pm, Johnson Center Room 325

In 2005, Fred co-founded (with Jifunza Wright Carter MD, MPH) Black Oaks Center for Sustainable Renewable Living, a non-profit organization to heighten the African American community’s awareness of impending resource depletion, climate change and alternative food supply. Fred and Jifunza facilitate hands on training and educational seminars in survival wilderness skills, energy conservation, energy efficient housing, permaculture, solar, wind and bio-diesel on 40 acres of land in Pembroke Township, Ill. Fred is responsible for education and outreach work among key public institutions, community residents, local farmers, churches, and organizations. He also facilitates community meetings on alternative energy sources and local food issues in collaboration with the City of Chicago Department of Environment, Chicago State University, and the Center for Neighborhood Technology.

Fred emphasizes Black Oaks priorities:

  • To education and empower children
  • Create a strong connection between our urban community in Chicago and our rural community in Pembroke
  • Provide opportunities for individuals and organizations to work as a collective to maintain a passionate commitment to life


Daniel White Hodge at the North Park Justice Summit and Chicago Reload