Statement Following the 2016 Election

November 11, 2016

WASHINGTON — November, 11, 2016 — — In a statement released by Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice (EAD), Douglas Grace, Director of EAD, reflected on Tuesday’s presidential election. “Now is the time for the Christian community to unite around our common, core principles and energize to make a faithful public witness to those principles. Yes, unity for our national community is always a goal following a divisive election, but we don’t walk the streets and country sides of the U.S., or Congressional halls for that matter, blind to our calling to speak out for peace through justice.”

“Theologically, we are reminded by the Apostle Paul of our foundational, ecumenical Christian confession: It is Jesus Christ who is Lord. And, respecting democracy also includes our right to advocate for just national policies, and to advocate boldly.” He continued, “EAD is a vehicle to speak truth to power, and I hope Christian advocates will make arrangements now more than ever to attend EAD 2017.”

Plans are underway for EAD’s 2017 national gathering, April 21-24, 2017 — just a few weeks into the new Congress and Administration. The theme is titled, “Confronting Chaos, Forging Community: Challenging Racism, Materialism and Militarism.” The theme builds upen Dr. Martin Luther King’s final book and the fiftieth anniversary of his historic, final speech at Riverside Church in New York City.

The gathering marks the 14th annual event where nearly 1,000 Christians come to Washington, DC to learn, network and advocate before Congress on federal policy issues that the ecumenical community is concerned. This year, perhaps more than ever, EAD calls on participants to come and make a loud, faithful witness to a new Congress and a new Administration.

View additional information on EAD 2017, including registration information.

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