Special thanks to all who participated in our virtual New York State Ecumenical and Interfaith Advocacy Day on February 16, 2022 from 9 AM to 5 PM! Links to view the recordings of our many presentations, etc. are available below.
We are also providing separate documents for each issue area from our 2022 Legislative Ask below.
In the early part of the last century, across ethnic divisions and denominations, Christians and people of other faiths across America rose together to oppose child labor, unsafe working conditions, and economic inequality----- some of the worst sins of the First Gilded Age. As we once again work to build a more just society in our time, please join the New York State Council of Churches for a virtual Ecumenical and Interfaith Advocacy Day of learning and action.
Participants will begin with theological and historical grounding and opportunities to reflect on anti-racism followed by a presentation on organizing to address systemic racial and economic inequality in the state budget. We will then offer pointers on speaking with legislators and help you arrange visits with Assembly people and Senators in your area.
Here is a draft schedule:
9:00 AM The Federal and State Landscape as it Impacts State Budget
The Reverend Que English, Director, Health and Human Services Partnerships Center
10:00 AM Theological and Anti-Racism Reflections on our Advocacy Work
The Reverend Dr. Roxanne Jones Booth
Co-Pastor, Riverview Missionary Baptist Church, Coeymans
11:00 AM Lobby Visit Training
Alex Wiesendanger, Author of Seeds for Justice
12:00 to 12:30 Lunch
12:30 to 1:30 Criminal Justice Reform and Environmental Justice Seminars
1:30 to 2:30 Infrastructure, Economic Development, Child Care, and Housing seminar
2:30 to 3:30 Voting Rights and Labor Seminars
3:30 to 4:30 Health Care and Immigration
Our time together will be all virtual from 9 AM to 5 PM with periodic breaks.
In addition, sponsorships from all secular and faith groups are also most welcome to underwrite our costs. Purchase sponsorships by clicking here
Our growing list of sponsors includes:
Housing Works, Inc. - Lead Sponsor
The Reverend Dr. Charles B. Grimm
The Reverend Jim Ketcham
Sr. Danielle Bonetti
Sr. Catherine Darcy
The Greater Rochester Community of Churches Faith in Action Network
New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness
The Creation Care Committee of First Reformed Church, Schenectady
Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church