Exciting and inspiring preachers and worship leaders, plenary speakers, and workshop facilitators have committed to deliver a dynamic program for a meaningful expression of faith as we will culminate the weekend in visits to Capitol Hill. Although much of the focus will be on domestic issues, international tracks will also be offered linking these issues to advocacy in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
" I have never participated in EAD before, but I will certainly be returning to this venue. I am inspired by the dedication and determination of the Christian church today, regardless of what flavor of Christianity we cling to. Flavored as an ELCA-Lutheran makes me look for the theology behind our "social justice." We are a confessional church, using Luther's writings in the Small and Large Catechisms to understand the scripture. In the explanation of the fifth commandment, Luther says, "We are to fear and love God, so that we neither endanger or harm the lives of our neighbors, but instead help and support them in all of life's needs." It's not just about murder, but it's about taking the hand of my brother and sister, pulling them to the firm foundation that we all deserve to stand on, trusting that someone will also pull me up alongside of the others. EAD was a time to be reminded of who needs those hands, but also whose hands are to be doing the pulling and pushing. The ELCA says, "God's work. Our hands." Let's do it, then! EAD was truly an awesome experience that has already shaped my understanding of ministry, social justice and ecumenism, and it will continue to do so in my journey through life." - Meredith Harber, EAD Participant
Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2011 focused on issues affecting women and girls, and participants heard excellent speakers about rights and programs for women and girls.See videos of 2011 EAD speakersListen to what the ELCA Global Mission Executive Director, the Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla, has to say about the event and advocacy by clicking on the video below:
Learn more about programs for women supported by the ELCA Global Mission unit by watching this powerpoint: