EAD 2017: Confronting Chaos, Forging Community—April 21-24, Washington, DC

2017-04-21 - 2017-04-24 All day
300 Army Navy Dr, Arlington, VA 22202, USA 300 Army Navy Dr, Arlington, VA 22202, USA

Friends—your presence at this event is more important this year than ever. If you have never attended, please consider joining us this year. If you have, we look forward to seeing you there! Visit https://advocacydays.org/ to learn more and to find a link to register.

Ecumenical Advocacy Days is a movement of the ecumenical Christian community, and its recognized partners and allies, grounded in biblical witness and our shared traditions of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Our goal, through worship, theological reflection and opportunities for learning and witness, is to strengthen our Christian voice and to mobilize for advocacy on a wide variety of U.S. domestic and international policy issues.

The Fifteenth National Gathering in our nation’s capital to focus on the challenges of, and solutions to, racism, materialism and militarism.

When Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. posed the question, “Where do we go from here: Chaos or Community?” in his book of the same title 50 years ago, no one could have imagined that we would still be wrestling with this question today. In that same year on April 4, 1967, a year to the day before Dr. King was assassinated, he spoke at Riverside Church in New York addressing the intersectionality of “the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism” as the principal challenges of the time. Five decades later, Dr. King’s prophetic insights and challenges – and the stark choice between chaos and community — are incredibly current.

Sadly, we have witnessed chaos in many of our communities, challenging us as people of faith to speak and act boldly and courageously to end racism, materialism and militarism.

Over the past year, our nation has experienced a divisive election in which racism, xenophobia, and religious bigotry were a constant. We still find racism an open wound in our nation, resulting in the disproportionate killing of black and brown bodies and stunting their lives through unjust economic and social structures. The militarization of our police is a reflection not only of broken communal values, but also a lopsided foreign policy that spends drastically more on defense than diplomacy or development. Militarism continues to be the United States’ overriding approach to resolving conflict, despite studies that show the effectiveness of peacebuilding and the power of non-violence. Extreme materialism threatens our souls and our very planet, as prosperity narratives and unchecked capitalism spreads despite overwhelming scientific evidence that our current path is unstainable. As in Dr. King’s time, we teeter precariously between chaos and community.

A new time calls for new strategies. The dynamic movement of people of faith and conscience today to challenge these “giant triplets” of chaos is taking different forms from those of the civil rights era. But the same courage and commitment to bring about national and social transformation animates the new generation of activists. This year’s EAD gathering will address racism/white privilege, economic injustice and militarization at home and abroad.

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Join us in Washington for Confronting Chaos, Forging Community from April 21-24, 2017 to grapple with the intersectionality of racism, materialism, and militarism, and learn more about the impact they have around the world, in our communities, and in our own lives. Through prayer, worship, advocacy training, and networking with other Christians, we will face the current manifestations of these ‘triplets’ and together advocate for change in public policy that better reflects the Beloved Community about which Dr. King spoke. After a weekend filled with education and training, Ecumenical Advocacy Days will culminate with a Lobby Day on Monday, April 24, 2017, where participants will converge on Capitol Hill to meet with their members of Congress. We seek to renew this revolutionary spirit as we affirm the vision of a day when ‘Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.’” (Isa: 40:3)

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    Below is a paragraph that you can insert into a bulletin or newsletter:

    You are invited to join your brothers and sisters in faith for the Commonwealth Interfaith Service: Prayers for Justice and Peace on May 8, 2017. The service will take place at 6:00 p.m. at the Hadee Mosque, 245 Division Street, Harrisburg. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Mosque—enter from Division or Shamokin Street. Please join your friends and raise a collective voice for a more just and peaceful world; help us to create a culture of shalom, hospitality, and welcome. The service will be followed by a reception hosted by the Hadee Mosque. For more information, contact Rev. Sandra Strauss at (717) 545-4761 or s.strauss@pachurches.org, visit http://www.pachurchesadvocacy.org/event/commonwealth-interfaith-svc-may-8/ or our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1103742119732410/.

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