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Session I. How to be an Advocate - October 6
Mr. Alan Yarborough, Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations, will begin our conversation about the role of advocacy in the broader framework of engaging the wider world, carrying our faith out through action. This will include tips for engaging in advocacy and the role of relationship-building between the Church and government officials, as well as civic participation. He will also review the role of the Office of Government Relations and how people can get involved through the Episcopal Public Policy Network.
Session II. Moses and Jesus as Public Theologians - October 13
The Rev. Marcia Ledford, Esquire, will demonstrate our call to public advocacy by exploring the Call of Moses and his role in the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. She relates that to Jesus’s public call to mission on the Road to Emmaus and in the breaking of the bread. In order to do this difficult work, our leaders and laity need to have a firm biblical foundation in why we do this, what our call is, and that we believe it to be both important and doable as an ongoing process.
Session III. "Can I say that?": Religious Speech, the First Amendment and your 501(c)3 Status - October 20
A panel of experts will be with us to speak to the following:
1) Church advocacy for social justice;
2) Individual faith-based advocacy in various forms;
3) groups working on IRS case scenarios for greater understanding of 501(c)(3) tax rules;
4) The 6 protections of the First Amendment.
Session IV. What does the world really think about the U.S.? - October 27
The Rt. Rev. Doug Sparks, bishop of Northern Indiana, will share a compelling story about how the USA is perceived from other places around the world. He was in New Zealand and had some dynamic experiences around race and racial justice. This will lead us into an engaging conversation around racism in the USA.