Ecumenical Advocacy Days is a movement of the ecumenical Christian community, and its more than 50 recognized partners and allies, grounded in biblical witness and shared traditions of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Through worship, theological reflection and opportunities for learning and witness, EAD’s goal is to strengthen Christians’ voice and to mobilize for advocacy on a wide variety of U.S. domestic and international policy issues.
This year close to 1,000 Christians came to participate in the EAD conference, which is organized around the theme, “Confronting Chaos, Forging Community: Challenging Racism, Materialism and Militarism.”
I was honored to lead music and write liturgy for the event and I pulled heavily from MLK’s speech, “Beyond Vietnam,” from which this year’s theme had come (this is the 50th anniversary of the famous speech).
As most of the conference was live streamed, I wanted to share a few highlights with you.
Lobby Day included visits to legislators of all 50 states and a direct action on the senate floor in which 7 faith leaders were arrested for praying for the budget process. Read more and see pics HERE.
Thank you for your prayers and encouragement!
Ivy Creek United Methodist Church is hosting a workshop Saturday, April 29 from 9-12pm: New Immigration Policies: How Do Congregations Respond? Ivy Creek is one of several congregations and faith communities, including WPC, who are working with the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy in establishing circles of protection for the vulnerable in Central Virginia.
· Explanation of the Executive Orders
· What Immigrants Need to Know and Do
· What Congregations Need to Know
· What Congregations Can Do to Help
Saturday, April 29th 9:00 – noon
Location: Ivy Creek United Methodist Church
674 Woodlands Road, Charlottesville VA 22901
RSVPs are helpful, please call or email: 434-973-4793 or
Sponsored by the Peace, Justice and Inclusion Committee, Charlottesville Gathers is offering the following workshops open to the community, from 7-8:30pm in the WPC Library. You can signup HERE.
Wed., April 19 Nonviolent Direct Action 101–philosophy and tactics–Sue Frankel-Streit and cofacilitator
Wed., May 17 Nonviolent Direct Action 102–considerations of arrest, jail and court proceedings–Sue Frankel-Streit and cofacilitator
Wed., June 21 Art in Protest and Resistance–details to be finalized
Sue Frankel-Streit is an ESL teacher and mother of six with thirty years of experience living in intentional community and organizing, participating in and supporting nonviolent direct action. She likes to practice Tae Kwan Do, make street art and pile everyone in the car to search out adventures.
This series of workshops is a continuation of the work begun with the Charlottesville Women’s March rally. Charlottesville Gathers is committed to providing free training helpful to speaking truth to power and standing up for the marginalized, including the resilience training to make this effort sustainable. If you have ideas for future sessions, please contact organizer Gail Hyder Wiley at 434-960-2163.
Gun violence, environmental sustainability, immigration policy, and (the rights to) affordable health care and voting access are crucial to us as citizens and Christians, and the tremendous flux and tumult which surrounds these issues is evident in the current political situation. Nancy O’Brien and Sally Telford, in conjunction with the Peace and Justice Committee, are planning a series of events to more fully engage the congregation in contacting our lawmakers and making our concerns about these issues known. Please save the dates of April 23, April 30. May 7, and May 14 on your calendars and plan to stay after church services to participate in this endeavor. We will learn about upcoming legislation, and we will be provided writing materials and contact information in order to send postcards and letters making our concerns known to our state and federal officials. Please contact Nancy OBrien, Sally Telford, or for further information about this action, or to offer your advice and assistance in its planning and execution.