EAD 2016 Pre-Conference Event

Red, white, and blue crowd gathered in front of the Capitol with signs for justice

Exploring the Theological Basis for Lifting the Voices of the Marginalized

Friday, April 15, 2016 – 1 – 5 p.m.

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.


  • Dr. Doug Foster, Professor of Church History, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX
  • Rev. Joyce Shin, Pastor, Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, Swarthmore, PA
  • Rev. Dr. Kenneth James, Pastor, Memorial AME Zion Church, Rochester, NY
  • Dr. Agnes Abuom, Moderator, World Council of Churches Central Committee, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Rev. Dr. Felicia Y. Thomas, Pastoral Consultant, Baltimore, MD

Moderator: Dr. Greg Carey, Professor of New Testament, Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, PA

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