Director: Douglas G. Grace, M.Div., S.T.M.
Douglas Grace is the Coordinator of Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice. He brings nearly twenty years of experience in ecumenical and interfaith religious leadership with a focus in faith-based public witness. He has given talks and written numerous theology and public policy articles on caring for creation and human needs issues, including the Stewardship of Public Life series and Church & Society magazine.
Douglas served as a presidential election observer in El Salvador, at the invitation of the Salvadoran Council of Churches, following the country’s devastating civil war, and he has participated and lead eco-justice delegations in Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest, Mexico, the Mississippi Delta and in West Virginia coal country. Douglas was a presenter at the faith and science Climate Forum 2002 at Oxford University, and appeared as a religious commentator for the 2003 CBS Religious Unit production entitled, “A World to Share,” In 2004, he served as Co-Director, with the Rev. Dr. James Reese, of the national Presbyterian Peace and Justice Conference entitled, “Hope for A Global Future,” and he was a keynote dinner speaker at the 2009 Ecumenical Advocacy Days: “Enough for All” on climate change, immigration and migration in Washington, DC. He currently serves as an organizational consultant to the Presbyterian Network to End Homelessness.
Douglas received The Barbara West Scholarship to study at Union Theological Seminary in NYC, and he was awarded the Master of Divinity (2008) with a specialization in Biblical Studies, and the Master of Sacred Theology in Systematic Theology (2009). While studying at Union, Douglas served as a consultant to the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches
Douglas has served as Interim Director of Outreach Ministry at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church (MAPC) in New York City and as the director of the Washington Office of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment and its Interfaith Climate & Energy Campaign. He has also served as domestic policy analyst and representative for the Washington Office of the Presbyterian Church (USA) on Capital Hill, and as an environmental associate at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, also in Washington, D.C.
Douglas is a member of Rutgers Presbyterian Church (NYC) and a candidate for ordination to the Word and Sacrament in the Presbytery of New York City.
A diverse group of persons from the various sponsoring organizations volunteer their time to coordinate all aspects of Ecumenical Advocacy Days.