2016 National Gathering Schedule

ead-schedule-topper-2Lift Every Voice! – Racism, Class & Power


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April 15 -18, 2016

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

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

Wednesday, April 13 – Friday, April 15

Various Pre-Gathering Events hosted by EAD Sponsor Organizations


Friday, April 15

12 noon – 6 p.m. Registration

12 noon Exhibit Hall Opens

1 – 5 p.m. Pre-Gathering Event: Exploring the Theological Basis for Lifting the Voices of the Marginalized

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

Christians gathering at the 2016 Ecumenical Advocacy Days will be lifting their voices in support of those who are oppressed and marginalized because of racism and class.  We only have to be familiar with the headlines of the past two years to know that these two ills are realities in our society, and on the hearts and minds of candidates and voters alike as we head toward the November elections. But what is the theological basis for our message when it comes to fairness and justice?  This pre-conference workshop will analyze the Christian foundations of faith when it comes to affirming the political and economic rights of all, so that when we speak truth to power, we can know why our voice can be more than a whisper in the cacophony of voices seeking to influence policy.

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. Friday Opening Celebration

Opening Remarks:

  •  Rev. John McCullough, President & CEO, Church World Service
  • Sr. Marie Lucey, OSF, Director of Advocacy & Member Relations, Franciscan Action Network
  • Douglas G. Grace, M.Div., S.T.M., Director, Ecumenical Advocacy Days

Keynote Speaker:

  •  Rev. Dr. William Barber 

Music Ministry:

8:30 – 9 p.m. Registration

8:30 – 10 p.m. Exhibitors Reception


Saturday,  April 16

8 – 8:30 a.m. Registration

8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Saturday Policy Plenary: “Racism, Class and Power”

Keynote Speakers:

  • Ashindi Maxton, Independent Strategist in Democracy Reform, Racial Justice and Education
  • Sandy Sorenson, Director of Washington Office, Justice and Witness Ministries, The United Church of Christ

10:30 – 11 a.m. Coffee Break & Exhibits

11 – 12 p.m. State Break-Outs

12 – 1:30 p.m. Saturday Lunch Plenary: “The Cradle to Prison Pipeline”

Keynote Speaker:

  • Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President, Children’s Defense Fund

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 17

8 – 8:30 a.m. Registration

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


  • Rev. Amy Gopp, Vice President of External Relations, IMA World Health

Music Ministry:

9:30 – 10 a.m. Coffee & Exhibit Break

10 – 12 p.m. Sunday International Plenary: “People Power Around the World”

Keynote Speakers:

  • Esam Boraey, Human Rights Activist
  • Frances Bagotlo Laminero, Executive Director, InPeace, Philippines
  • Samantha Master, #BlackLivesMatter Movement Activist
  • Conrado Olivera, Director, Joining Hands Peru


  • Rev. Traci D. Blackmon, Acting Executive Minister, UCC Justice and Witness Ministries

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

1:30 – 2 p.m. Break & Exhibits

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

3:30 –4 p.m. Break & Exhibits

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

5:30 – 7 p.m. Break & Exhibits

7 – 9 p.m. Dinner Banquet


Monday, April 18 – 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 noon Lunch (On Your Own)

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