Jesus had 'nowhere to lay his head.' Today, neither do tens of millions of migrants, refugees and displaced persons

Be part of an action weekend March 19-22 in Washington, D.C., to address this global injustice just as Congress is expected to take up immigration reform. Join more than 700 grassroots advocates, church leaders, policy makers and representatives from global regions for the eighth annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days.

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Be part of an action weekend March 19-22 in Washington, D.C., to address this global injustice – just as Congress is expected to take up immigration reform.  Join more than 700 grassroots advocates, church leaders, policymakers and representatives from global regions for the eighth annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days.

Church World Service is a sponsor of Ecumenical Advocacy Days, a movement of the ecumenical community and its partners and allies.  Its goal – through worship, theological reflection and opportunities for learning and witness – is to strengthen the Christian voice for a more just and peaceful world.

“Debates about immigration may be the lens through which U.S. citizens view the issue of global migration, but the situation here is just part of a global phenomenon of migration within and across borders,” observed Conference Coordinator Jesse Marsden.  “Whether due to poverty, war or climate change, the number of migrants and displaced people around the world is greater than ever before.”

Under the theme “A Place to Call Home: Immigrants, Refugees and Displaced People,” conferees will explore together how U.S. policies can be transformed to make a place for the displaced and secure the rights of the uprooted.

Speakers will include Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and a member of President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships; Bishop Minerva Carcaño of the United Methodist Church Desert Southwest Conference, and Sister Helen Prejean, Anti-Death Penalty Activist and author of Dead Man Walking.

On Sunday, March 21, participants will have the opportunity to attend an Interfaith Gathering on the Mall for immigration reform.  On the morning of March 22, conferees will take their policy recommendations to Capitol Hill for meetings with their members of Congress.  

Registration for Ecumenical Advocacy Days is now open, with an “early bird” fee of $160 available through February 13.  As for lodging, the hotel is offering a special rate of $125 plus tax daily until February 6 or the room block sells out, so make your room reservations early!  

To learn more about the event, visit www.advocacydays.org.  Click the “Young Adults” link for information about the limited scholarships available for students, based on need.

Media Contact:
Lesley Crosson, 212-870-2676, lcrosson@churchworldservice.org
Jan Dragin, 781-925-1526, jdragin@gis.net


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