2020 Theme

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Imagine! God’s Earth and People Restored

VIRTUAL ECUMENICAL ADVOCACY DAYS WEBINAR APRIL 27 – WATCH RECORDING AND TAKE ACTION

Around the world, the most marginalized communities disproportionately affected by hunger, poverty, and the structural history of colonialism and racism are experiencing the impacts of the climate crisis most profoundly. Women and children in these communities suffer the most.

Earth and its people are groaning and calling for us to respond in hope. We are all affected. Temperatures are rising dramatically and dangerously everywhere, disrupting ecological systems and every type of human activity. The generations of tomorrow depend on what we do today.

EAD 2020 will explore the intersection of climate change and economic injustice. This will galvanize our advocacy on behalf of policies and programs to chip away at the systems of oppression that keep people in poverty and push all life on earth to the brink of destruction.

In his encyclical, Laudato Si, Pope Francis recognized the double injustice of climate change and poverty. He is part of a growing chorus of various faith leaders who are raising their voices. The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its last report issued a call for urgent, scaled up, global and local action.

Churches continue to respond actively to the climate crisis with disaster relief to support low-income communities and ecosystems most impacted by climate-related disasters. They are also working to build resilient and sustainable communities and economies that can create jobs and prevent future disasters. Churches are partnering with youth, indigenous communities, civil and human rights organizations, the international community, and others to address inequality and strengthen the movement for climate justice.

2020 will be a pivotal year for the United States, and the world, with a U.S. general election that will set the course for many years ahead. As people of faith, we see the political reality of this time. Yet we also hold hope for a time yet to come when all people, regardless of race, gender, economic status, ability, or age will realize the full vision of God’s desire for a just community and a flourishing Earth.

To advance this vision, we are called to speak out for justice – climate justice and economic justice. Join us to imagine and advocate for an Earth and its people restored.

“This territory is not ours, it’s not mine, it’s not yours. It belongs to the generation yet to come.” ~ Maritza Naforo, Huitoto indigenous leader, Colombia

“We look for — and speed the coming of — the new heavens and a new earth, where justice is at home” (2 Pet. 3:12,13).

About EAD

Ecumenical Advocacy Days is a movement of the ecumenical Christian community, and its recognized partners and allies, grounded in biblical witness and our shared traditions of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Our goal, through worship, theological reflection and opportunities for learning and witness, is to strengthen our Christian voice and to mobilize for advocacy on a wide variety of U.S. domestic and international policy issues.

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From #EAD2020 Sponsors: Ways to Engage During the Quarantine

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Many #EAD2020 sponsors are offering webinars and new resources designed to help you stay connected and engaged in advocacy during the quarantine. Please see the list below: Acting for Justice while Sheltering in Place Restless and eager to do something for the world? Beginning today, Thursday, May 14, #EAD2020 Sponsor JustFaith Ministries will be hosting a free event every two… 

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Help Shape the Future of Ecumenical Advocacy Days – Complete the EAD Visioning Survey

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Watch a Recording of the April 27 EAD Webinar and Take Action

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Register for the April 27 Virtual Ecumenical Advocacy Days Webinar

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#EAD2020 National Gathering and Lobby Day Cancelled

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Come to EAD for Earth Week 2020 to Mark Earth Day 50th Anniversary

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