Video Presentations of EAD 2011 Speakers
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Don't Balance the Federal Budget
On the Backs of Families!
Washington, DC -- As the new 112th Congress got underway, Christian advocates from across the country voiced their concern for development, security and economic justice, especially for women and girls.
Nearly 700 persons of faith from across the country visited Capitol Hill on March 25-28, 2011, for the ninth annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice Conference.
Policy makers, expert speakers and representatives from global regions joined church leaders and grassroots activists in reflecting on the 2011 Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) conference theme, "Development, Security and Economic Justice: What's Gender Got to Do with It?"
"The issues facing women and families affect all of humanity, and EAD helps inspire and equip people of faith to speak boldly. Now more than ever, we must continue a means for sound public policy analysis and the voice of the faith community's witness to reason and Biblically-based social justice," said the Rev. Ann Tiemeyer, Program Director for Women's Ministry - Justice for Women Working Group of the National Council of Churches and a member of the EAD Leadership Team.
On Monday, March 28th, EAD participants went to Capitol Hill and participated in a Federal Budget Prayer Vigil at the Upper Senate Park and met with their members of Congress. Christian constituents asked their members of Congress:
"We urge members of the U.S. Congress to recognize a moral obligation, in a time when more persons are suffering than ever before, to protect and strengthen the health, well-being, and security of women and families by:
- Voting to fully-fund programs that serve families, especially those struggling to overcome poverty - domestically and around the world
- Voting to re-authorizing and fully-fund the Violence Against Women Act and co-sponsoring the International Violence Against Women Act when it is re-introduced."
"Gender's got a lot to do with it. Around the world, women and girls comprise seventy percent of those living in poverty. The 2011 EAD conference raised the vital issues of U.S. and global economic justice, safety and security, and sustainable development, with a particular focus on those most impacted - women, girls and families," said Douglas G. Grace, M.Div., S.T.M., coordinator of Ecumenical Advocacy Days. He added, "EAD is for people of faith who want to be a force for change for the betterment of all!"Speakers and preachers for the 2011 EAD event included the wife-husband, Rev. John Nunes, President and CEO of Lutheran World Relief, and Monique Nunes, Administrator for the Baltimore Lutheran School, Towson, Maryland; the Rev. Peg Chemberlin, President of National Council of Churches in Christ USA and Executive Director for the Minnesota Council of Churches; Daisy Machado, Academic Dean and Professor of the Church History Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY; Regina Oldak, Senior Counsel for the Women's Law Center; Ritu Sharma, Co-Founder and President of Women Thrive Worldwide; and Jack Jezreel, Founder and Executive Director of JustFaith Ministries.
Ecumenical Advocacy Days is a movement of Christian denominations and over fifty recognized partners and allies which is grounded in biblical witness and shared traditions of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Its goal, through worship, theological reflection and opportunities for learning and witness, is to strengthen the Christian voice of citizens mobilized for advocacy on a wide variety of U.S. domestic and international policy issues.
More information about Ecumenical Advocacy Days and the March 2011 Event, go to http://www.AdvocacyDays.org.