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Global economy is focus of Ecumenical Advocacy

Annual event connects Christians through advocacy, education, worship

January 30, 2012

Louisville

Presbyterians, along with other Christians from across the country, will gather in Washington March 23-26 for the 10th annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days, an event that mobilizes participants around a central issue through worship, education and lobbying.

The theme of the event is “Economy, Livelihood and Our National Priorities: Is This the Fast I Seek?”

Using verses from Isaiah 58 and Luke 4 as key scriptures, the event calls people of faith to seek “a global economy and a national budget that break the yokes of injustice, poverty, hunger and unemployment throughout the world — heeding Isaiah’s call to become ‘repairers of the breach and restorers of streets to live in.’”

Participants will gather for a weekend of worship, theological reflection and education. On the concluding Monday, some will meet with their state’s senators and representatives to advocate for policies related to the conference’s theme.

In addition to the event’s scheduled activities, Presbyterians will have special opportunities for education and fellowship within the denomination.

On March 23, the PC(USA)’s Compassion, Peace and Justice ministries will offer a training event. A day of practical church-based training will investigate the role Christians must play in today’s changing society. Plenaries and workshops will focus on faith-based community organizing, practical tools for simple living, justice as discipleship making and social responsibility through investing.

The event is $35 for registered EAD participants and $50 for those not attending EAD. Registration is now open online.

Presbyterians will also have a chance for fellowship on Saturday evening, March 24. Check back with the Office of Public Witness for more information closer to the date.

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