Lift Every Voice: Our Faith, the Vote and Democracy (An Ecumenical Advocacy Days Pre-Event)

Lift Every Voice: Our Faith, the Vote and Democracy (An Ecumenical Advocacy Days Pre-Event)


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We are in the midst of a critical election year, with great challenges before us as a nation and as a global community. There is much at stake for our communities in local and state elections as well.

But our voices are being muted and silenced. Voters will go to the polls in November for the first time in 50 years without key protections contained in the Voting Rights Act since it was significantly rolled back by a 2013 Supreme Court ruling. Along with recent attempts to roll back voting rights on the state level and the influence of big money in campaigns, access to the democratic process is threatened now more than ever.

People of faith have and continue to be at the heart of the struggle for voting rights and a democratic process that includes all voices. For the faith community, engagement in the political process is a way of living out the commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Join us in Washington DC for a day-long event for UCC Advocates. Together we will reconnect with the spiritual resources that empower us to lift every voice in the democratic process. We will take a closer look at the state of voting rights, identify the challenges and begin to build strategies for engagement in our communities.

Join us for this FREE event. Come be inspired, informed and equipped to lift every voice!

This is a special pre-event preceding the 2016 Ecumenical Advocacy Days. Please also join us at EAD where we will explore the many dimensions of voting rights as they relate to the broader EAD conference theme, “Lift Every Voice: Race, Class and Power.”

Agenda & Speakers

  • 9:15 am: Coffee & Fellowship
  • 9:30 am: Welcome
  • 9:45 am: Theological Framing with Dean Alton Pollard, Howard Divinity School; Spoken word by Ken Brown (aka “Analysis”)
  • 10:10 am: “Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot” Film Excerpt and Discussion
  • 11:00 am: Break
  • 11:10 am:  Panel on the Current Realities Around Voting and the Democratic Process
    • Charles Perry, Prison Ministry at Trinity UCC, Chicago
    • Tram Nguyen, New Virginia Majority
    • Lisa Bornstein, Leadership Conference
  • 12:00 pm: Q&A
  • Lunch
  • 1:00 pm: What’s happening in the states?
    • DC Statehood - Kimberly Perry, DC Vote
    • A case study from North Carolina - Rev. Dian Jackson, Mt. Zion United Church of Christ, Rockingham, NC and Rev. Julie Peeples, Congregational UCC, Greensboro, NC
  • 2:00 pm: Group Discussion & Idea Sharing
  • 2:30 pm: Where do we go from here?
  • 3:00 pm: Close

This event is sponsored by Justice & Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ and the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ. More info about presenters and agenda to come.

Online registration has closed. If you'd like to join please call 202-543-1517.

April 15, 2016 at 9am - 3pm
First Congregational Church UCC
945 G St NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States
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Quan Williams · · 202-543-1517