Five hundred people attended virtually this year. In 2023 we will gather in person. Among the 40 workshops this year, one could find information about Yemen, Mexico, Haiti, Cuba; current topics such as COVID, climate change and non-violence and workshops on fine-tuning advocacy skills.
Like every skill, lobbying improves with practice. We learn not to worry about being asked challenging questions since we can read from a prepared script. We are never tricked up about details, nor do we need a briefcase of longitudinal studies. The congressional aides seem genuinely interested in our faith perspective.
At EAD there are two ‘asks’ - domestic and international. This year focused on the erosion of U.S. voting rights and cruel civil rights abuses in the Philippines, Palestine and Mexico. This year’s theme was The Fierce Urgency of Now.
Being part of Ecumenical Advocacy Days is one way we can show our public witness and live out our Chapter calls.