Bread for the World Sponsors 10th Annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days
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Washington, DC, March 22, 2012
Bread for the World will sponsor the 10th Annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice, March 23-26, 2012, in Washington, DC. This year’s gathering—called “Is This the Fast I Seek?”—will bring people of faith to the nation’s capital to discuss the economy, our livelihoods, and our national priorities through the lens of Isaiah 58.
“As lawmakers continue to debate the federal budget, programs that support hungry and poor people hang in the balance,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “We are proud to sponsor this year’s Ecumenical Advocacy Days and continue our efforts to create a circle of protection around programs that support the most vulnerable among us.”
Each year, Ecumenical Advocacy Days brings 600-800 Christians from all denominations to Washington, DC, to share their traditions of justice, peace, and advocacy with one another and focus on an issue that needs to be addressed by Congress. This year, attendees will also study social justice issues of hunger, poverty, and unemployment within the context of the global economy. On the last day, participants will have an opportunity to share their concerns with members of Congress during Capitol Hill lobby visits.
Rev. David Beckmann will deliver the keynote address at the tenth anniversary celebration. Other event speakers include Dr. Margaret Aymer, associate professor of New Testament at the Interdenominational Theological Center; Dr. Gary Dorrien, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University; Ellen Nissenbaum, senior vice president for governmental affairs for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Dr. Arturo Chávez, president and CEO of the Mexican American Catholic College in San Antonio, TX; Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver II (D-MO); Rev. Dr. Mari Castellanos, policy advocate for domestic issues in the Washington office of the United Church of Christ; Sr. Marge Clark, BVM, Ed.D., lobbyist for NETWORK: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby; and Dr. Patrick Evans, associate professor of sacred music at Yale Divinity School and Institute of Sacred Music.
Bread for the World recently launched its 2012 Offering of Letters campaign, which urges members of Congress to create a circle of protection around programs that give hungry and poor people in this country and abroad the tools they need to lift themselves out of poverty. Within this broader campaign are four mini-campaigns that address specific legislative topics that will come before Congress in 2012: domestic nutrition, poverty-focused foreign assistance, tax policy, and international food aid. Bread for the World will host several workshops on how to conduct an Offering of Letters.
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.
Kristen Y. Archer, Acting Manager for Media Relations, 202-688-1118