2021 Online Event and Theme
Imagine! God’s Earth and People Restored
VIRTUAL ECUMENICAL ADVOCACY DAYS TAKING PLACE APRIL 18-21, 2021
Join us for EAD 2021 to advocate for Climate Justice! EAD 2021 is an opportunity to support this global movement centered on and led by the people and communities most vulnerable to climate impacts due to historic racial and colonial inequities. Together, we will passionately advocate and reimagine a world that lives out the values of justice, equity and the beloved community.
We continue to see how the historic reality of colonialism and structural racism has designed systems that live on today through environmental racism and a myriad of other injustices that grew out of the same evil roots. Throughout 2020, these systemic issues manifested themselves in the disproportionate number of racial and ethnic minorities who became sick with and died of COVID-19, as well as the continued extrajudicial killing of Black men and women. The Earth and its people are groaning. We are called to respond.
Around the world, we again bear witness to protests for racial justice, this time set amidst unprecedented climate-induced disasters, an economic crisis, and the deaths of more than one million people globally from the pandemic. For example, Amazonian indigenous communities face the existential threats of COVID-19, wildfires, and brutal mining operations. East Africans are affected by hunger and malnutrition due to the coronavirus restrictions and to crop failures from flooding and locusts. We have an opportunity to reflect on this moment as Christians. Together we can seek the balm to heal God’s Earth and all humanity.
Addressing the history of colonialism and structural racism is key to achieving climate justice. Together, we will rise up with the climate justice movement against these systemic wrongs and respond in hope. Join us in 2021 as we gather virtually for worship, workshops and advocacy to “imagine God’s 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).
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.