April 2014 -- Use this link to watch videos from this year's Ecumenical Advocacy Days.
Join Maryknoll and other faith groups at the 12th annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD), held March 21-24, near Washington, D.C. This year’s EAD will focus on the ways we can transform policies that promote violence to policies that enable peace.
Guided by the image of Jesus weeping over a capital city that turned from the true way of peace (Luke 19:41-42), we will expose the violence that pervades our culture and world: Nearly 3,000 children in the U.S. killed by guns each year; a quarter of U.S. women experiencing domestic abuse at some point in their lives; a decade of war, nearly 1,000 civilians killed by drones, and Pentagon spending dominating our federal budget; more than 45 million people worldwide uprooted from their homes by persecution and armed conflict; and deadly conflicts over natural resources erupting around the world.
We are consoled by the promise that "justice and peace shall embrace" (Psalm 85:10), and are reminded that justice requires peace-making and that peace requires justice-making. We will confront and imagine how to transform the violence in our world, and together will seek a vision of peace in the community, peace among the peoples, peace in the marketplace, and peace with the earth. Through prayer, worship, speakers, and advocacy training we will discover a faith-based vision for national policies that "guide our feet into the path of peace" (Luke 1:79), all culminating with Monday’s Lobby Day on Capitol Hill.
Learn more at www.advocacydays.org or call 202-543-1126202-543-1126. If you plan to attend, please let the MOGC know; we would love to coordinate with Maryknollers and Maryknoll supporters who will be at EAD this year.