2015 National Gathering Schedule


ead-schedule-topper-2Breaking the Chains: Mass Incarceration &
Systems of Exploitation

 April 17 -20, 2015

DoubleTree Hotel Crystal City, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA
Washington, D.C.


Click above to download or print the EAD 2015 National Gathering Program.

Note: Schedule listed is subject to change without notice. Please review the official program book at the National Gathering for a precise schedule listing.

Wednesday, April 15 – Friday, April 17

Various Pre-Gathering Events hosted by EAD Sponsor Organizations


Friday, April 17

12– 6:45 p.m. Registration

12 noon Exhibit Hall Opens

1 – 5 p.m. Pre-Gathering Event: Theological Foundations for Our Work on Mass Incarceration

Sponsored by the National Council of Churches Convening Table on Theological Dialogue and Matters of Faith and Order


  • Dr. Michael Trice, Assistant Dean of Ecumenical & Interreligious Dialogue, Seattle University
  • Dr. Don Thorsen, Chair, Department of Theology & Ethics, Azusa Pacific Seminary
  • Stephen Ray, Neal F. & Ila A. Fisher Professor of Systematic Theology, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

4 – 5 p.m. Pre-Gathering Event: Your EAD Orientation: Information for First-Time Participants

Is this your first time at Ecumenical Advocacy Days?  Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the “ask” or the weekend of events?   EAD offers this Orientation to help participants understand the conference schedule, the policy “ask”, and what to expect on Capitol Hill.  Information in this Orientation will be extremely valuable for first-time participants, but even the seasoned advocate will find this information helpful.

5 – 6:30 p.m Optional Dinner Buffet (must purchase ticket in advance as part of online or mail registration)

7 – 8:30 p.m. Opening Celebration

Opening Remarks:

  •  Jim Winkler, President & GS, National Council of Churches
  • Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN, Executive Director, Pax Christi USA
  • Douglas G. Grace, Director, Ecumenical Advocacy Days

Keynote Speaker:

  •  Rev. Traci deVon Blackmon, Pastor, Christ the King United Church of Christ, Florissant, Mo.

Music Ministry:

  • ELCA Glocal Musicians

8:30 – 9 p.m. Registration

8:30 – 10 p.m. Exhibitors Reception


Saturday,  April 18

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Registration

8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Policy Plenary

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr. Iva Carruthers, General Secretary of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
  • Dr. Bill Mefford, Associate General Secretary for Civil and Human Rights, The United Methodist Church General Board of Church & Society

10:30 – 11 a.m. Coffee & Exhibits

11 – 12 p.m. State Break-Outs

12 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch Plenary: The Role of the Church in the “War on Drugs”

Co-Sponsored by the United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society, the Drug Policy Alliance and Open Society Policy Center

Keynote Speakers:

  • Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director,  Drug Policy Alliance
  • The Rev. Edwin C. Sanders, II, Senior Servant, Metropolitan Interdenominational Church, Nashville, TN
  • Jasmine Tyler, Senior Policy Analyst for Global Health and Drug Policy, Open Society Policy Center
  • David Mineta, Deputy Director of Demand Reduction, Office of National Drug Control Policy, The White House (invited)
  • Douglas Walker, M.Div. (Moderator), National Coordinator for Criminal Justice Reform, UMC General Board of Church and Society

1:45 – 3:15 p.m. Issue Workshops – Session I

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Break & Exhibits

3:30 – 5 p.m. Issue Workshops – Session II

5:15 – 6:45 p.m. Denominational & EAD Sponsor Gatherings / Catholic Mass

7 p.m. Free Time / Sponsor Dinners & Receptions


Sunday, April 19

7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Registration

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Interdenominational Worship


  • Bishop José García, Director of Church Relations, Bread for the World

Music Ministry:

  • ELCA Glocal Musicians

9:30 – 10 a.m. Coffee & Exhibit Break

10 – 12 p.m. Plenary: Breaking the Chains: Systems of Global Exploitation

Keynote Panelists:

  • Emira Woods, Global Client Principal for Social Impact Programs at ThoughtWorks
  • Father Shay Cullen, Founder, People Recovery Empowerment and Development Assistance Foundation (Philippines)
  • Joanne Blaney,Maryknoll lay missioner (Brazil)
  • Fr. Valdir João Silveira, National Coordinator of the Prison Ministry Pastoral (Brazil)
  • Raed JarrarPolicy Impact Coordinator for American Friends Service Committee, Washington, D.C.
  • David Schilling (Moderator), Senior Program Director for Human Rights & Resources,  Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility

12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch: State Break-Outs

1:30 – 2 p.m. Exhibitor Break

2 – 3:30 p.m. Issue Workshops – Session III

3:30 –4 p.m. Break & Exhibits

4 – 5:30 p.m. Skills Workshops Session

5:30 – 7 p.m. Break & Exhibits

7 – 9 p.m. EAD Awards Dinner Banquet

Keynote Speaker:

  • Roy L. Austin, Jr., J.D., White House Domestic Policy Council, Deputy Asst. to the President for the Office of Urban Affairs


Monday, April 20 – Lobby Day

7:30 a.m. & 9 a.m. Buses Depart for Capitol Hill

8 a.m. Continental Breakfast Begins – Lutheran Church of the Reformation

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Lobby visits on Capitol Hill & Debriefing at the Church of the Reformation

12 p.m. Lunch (On Your Own)

5:00 p.m. Adjournment (Church of the Reformation closed)


Click above to download or print the EAD 2015 National Gathering Program.