2021 New York State Ecumenical Advocacy Day Registration
Start: Thursday, February 25, 2021• 9:00 AM • Eastern Standard Time (US & Canada) (GMT-05:00)
VIRTUAL NEW YORK STATE ECUMENICAL ADVOCACY DAY - FEBRUARY 25, 2021
Sponsored by the New York State Council of Churches
Thursday, February 25th from 9:00am - 4:00pm
RSVP by completing this registration form.
In the early part of the last century, across ethnic
divisions and denominations, Christians across America rose together
against child labor, unsafe working conditions, economic inequality,
some of the worst sins of the First Gilded Age.
As we once again work to
build a society that looks more like the Reign of God, this time in the
aftermath of the twin pandemics of systemic racism and COVID-19, join
the New York State Council of Churches for a transformative virtual New
York State Ecumenical Advocacy Day of learning and action.
Participants will spend the morning with a grounding in the historic
social gospel movement and strategies for community organizing before
breaking out into groups to learn more about important issues affecting
our state including Budget Justice, Criminal Justice Reform,
Environmental Issues, Healthcare & COVID and Housing and
Participants will then be scheduled to meet virtually with
their state legislators beginning at 2 PM that afternoon and in the following week.
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE FOR VIRTUAL FEBRUARY 25 NYS ECUMENICAL ADVOCACY DAY
9:00 Historical Reflections on Congregational Activism
Dr. Alison Collis Greene, Associate Professor of American Religious History, Emory University and Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, Georgia and Author of No Depression in Heaven, The Great Depression, the New Deal, and the Transformation of Religion in the Delta
10:00 Faith Based Organizing
Alex Wiesendanger, National Organizer, American Musicians Union and Author of Seeds of Justice: Organizing Your Church to Transform the World
11:00 Theological Reflections on Wealth Inequality and Analysis of State Budget and Revenue Bills
Pastor/Theologian to be Announced
Ron Deutsch, Executive Director, New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness
12:15 Break Out Legislative Sessions
Criminal Justice Reform and Re-Entry for Justice Involved People
Representative, Less is More
Okiori Chibueze, Church of Gethesemane, Presbyterian Church USA
Health Care and Covid 19
Mary Clark, Federal Issues Coordinator, Citizen Action, Mark Hannay, Executive Director, New York Metropolitan Health, Charles King, Housing Works and Others
Xaver Kandler, Lead Organizer, New York Renews, The Reverend John Flack and The Reverend John Paarlberg
Marc Greenberg, Executive Director, Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing, The Reverend Peter Cook, Executive Director, New York State Council of Churches
1:15 Preparing for Virtual Office Visits with Legislators
2:00 Beginning of Virtual Office Visits for Thursday and next seven days
This event is free but please pre-register by completing this form.