Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2018 - a weekend of faith-rooted worship, learning and advocacy in our Nation's capital - will focus on the uprootedness of our world. We will analyze current policy and envision ways to more fully and justly respond to the global and local needs of displaced communities. Together we will seek policy changes that advance hope and overcome the devastating impacts of conflict, climate change and corruption on God’s people.
- REGISTER - Early-bird registration rates available through March 17th. Register now.
- SCHOLARSHIPS - Justice and Witness Ministries has designated funding for UCC young adults (ages 18-35) to attend Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) in 2018. Learn more and apply by March 23rd.
- UCC PRE-EVENT - Join us on Friday, April 20th in Washington, DC as we hear from pastors, lay leaders and immigrants responding to the needs in their communities. Hear best practices and meet UCC colleagues who can support you and your congregation as we strive to live out our call to be an immigrant welcoming denomination. Learn more and RSVP.
We live in a time of upheaval and uprootedness – a world in which each year millions of people cross borders in search of more secure and sustainable lives, while white supremacist ideologies continue to impede the fight for justice and peace for all of God’s people. As we witness historically high levels of migration, we also find that racism, sexism, Islamophobia, xenophobia and other forms of discrimination are also on the rise in our communities and used for political gain. At the root of this global upheaval and migration are the push factors of violent conflict, climate change, and corruption which often intersect with one another. At a time when there is such need around the world, we grieve that the U.S. has greatly reduced its refugee admittance numbers while smaller, poorer countries are stepping up to welcome and provide refuge for those in need. As people of faith, we know we can do more. We believe God is with Dreamers, the migrant and the outcast and calls us to create places of sanctuary; to offer hospitality to the stranger, to welcome all – regardless of faith, race, gender or nationality – and to break down the dividing walls that separate us.
Join us in Washington DC as we gather together and take our message to Capitol Hill! Special opportunities to meet and network with UCC and DOC members and leaders will be available. Don't miss this opportunity!
Emily McKenna, a young adult leader from the UCC Connecticut Conference, describes her time at Ecumenical Advocacy Days as "truly life changing." Read more about Emily's experience in this post - "4 Days of Advocacy: Learning, Networking, and Lobbying."