“Is THIS the Fast I Seek?”: Economy, Livelihood and Our National Priorities

Ecumenical Advocacy Days Celebrates 10th Anniversary with National Gathering and Lobby Day Focused on Global and National Economic Priorities

Friday, March 23 – Monday, March 26, 2012

In this era of economic and political urgency, as critical decisions are being made about U.S. federal budget priorities and as national elections are fast approaching, Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) asks,

“Is This the Fast I Seek?”

At the 10th annual EAD, March 23-26, 2012, in Washington, DC, we explored economy, livelihood and our national priorities through the lens of Isaiah 58. We joined other Christians in seeking a global economy and a national budget that break the yokes of injustice, poverty, hunger and unemployment throughout the world — heeding Isaiah’s call to become “repairers of the breach and restorers of streets to live in.”

In a global economy based on scarcity, corporate greed, and individualism, we will seek God’s alternative vision for global community: one that breaks the chains of injustice and creates the possibility of a sustainable livelihood with dignity for all, thus living into a reality of God’s abundance.

Margaret Aymer

More

SPEAKERS

View videos and other resources from the plenary speakers of EAD 2012.

Faithful Budget

More

LOBBY DAY

Learn more about the Faithful Budget Campaign that was the focus of EAD's 2012 Lobby Day.

Recent News

EAD Director Highlights Advocates in Thanksgiving Message

November 27, 2013

Dear Friends of EAD, Thanksgiving is a time that reminds me how grateful the Leadership Team of Ecumenical Advocacy Days is for the commitment of literally thousands of Christian advocates who have participated in a faithful public witness through EAD over the past twelve years! When we look back over our history, EAD has been an ecumenical initiative that has… 

Read More

Over 70 Faith Leaders March and Pray in Washington to End Shutdown

October 15, 2013

Pilgrimage with poor workers ratchets up moral pressure as shutdown harms low-income families, seniors, and veterans -October 15, 2013 – WASHINGTON – Today, over 70 prominent religious leaders joined with locked-out federal workers in a pilgrimage, marched on key House offices – including Leadership – and urged an immediate end to the government shutdown. At each office, the group prayed… 

Read More

Faith Leaders to Congress: Fund the U.S. Government

September 27, 2013

- September 27, 2013 – Dear Senator/Representative: As leaders of faith communities and organizations comprising millions of people from all walks of life across our nation, we are deeply concerned by the completely avoidable budget and financial crises we are fast approaching as a nation. Though Congress must pass the federal budget, it belongs to every American. This common fund… 

Read More

State, National Faith Leaders to Congress: "Don't Push the Poor and Vulnerable Off the 'Fiscal Cliff'"

November 29, 2012

Faith leaders from 16 states join the heads of numerous national religious organizations to stop deep cuts to programs that help the most vulnerable – November 29, 2012 – WASHINGTON – Senior religious officials from 16 states joined the heads of some of the nation’s most prominent Christian, Jewish and Muslim organizations today to tell the Obama Administration and Congress,… 

Read More

Faithful Budget: Fiscal Year 2013

October 3, 2012

In Summer 2011, an interfaith coalition in Washington, DC began daily Capitol Hill prayer vigils and worked together out of our common sense of urgency around the need to protect social safety net programs that serve people living in poverty and The Faithful Budget Campaign continues this work. Read the FY2013 Faithful Budget.

Religious Americans Unite for "Super Vigil" to Fight for Federal Aid for the Poor

November 20, 2011

For Immediate Release Sunday, November 20, 2011 WASHINGTON – Religious Americans sent a clear message to members of the so-called Congressional Super Committee this weekend, and to all members of Congress and the Administration, that cuts to programs that assist the most at-risk families and children in the United States and abroad will not be tolerated on their watch. Throughout… 

Read More

Religious Leaders Arrested in U.S. Capitol Rotunda Have Their Day in Court

October 11, 2011

For Immediate Release October 11, 2011 WASHINGTON – The 11 religious leaders arrested on July 28 while praying on behalf of the nation’s most vulnerable in the Capitol Rotunda were in court this morning to discuss the misdemeanor, “Intention to Disrupt Congress,” charge brought against them. The United States Attorney agreed to dismiss the charges against the “Rotunda 11″ if… 

Read More

Opening Statement: National Advocacy Call and Webinar – The Faithful Budget Campaign

September 27, 2011

By Douglas G. Grace, M.Div., S.T.M., National Coordinator, Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice September 27, 2011, Noon (EDT) Good afternoon and welcome to The Faithful Budget Campaign national advocacy call and webinar.  My name is Douglas Grace, and I am the Coordinator of Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice.  On behalf of the Washington, DC based staff of… 

Read More

Ecumenical Advocacy Days Announces 2012 Theme Focusing on Moral Implications of U.S. Budget Priorities

August 18, 2011

For immediate release August 18, 2011 Is THIS the Fast I Seek?: Economy, Livelihood and Our National Priorities (Isaiah 58) March 23 – 26, 2012 | Washington, DC WASHINGTON – In this era of economic and political urgency, as critical decisions will continue to be made about U.S. federal budget priorities and as national elections are fast approaching, Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) asks, “Is… 

Read More

Faith Community to Launch Grassroots Campaign to Protect Funding for Anti-Poverty Programs

August 3, 2011

For immediate release August 3, 2011 WASHINGTON – One day after President Obama signed legislation raising the debt ceiling and creating a Congressional “Super Committee” to address the nation’s mounting debt, senior religious leaders representing the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths announced plans to expand their campaign to ensure the Administration and Congress do not balance the budget on the… 

Read More

Sponsors: