Through advocacy, the ELCA community can create lasting, systemic change. If you want to get involved in faith-based advocacy, but aren’t sure where to begin, sign up for Advocacy Summer School. The five-part online series is being offered by ELCA advocacy, in collaboration with ELCA Peace Not Walls.
The first session will take place on August 11. It will paint a picture of what advocacy is and how advocacy is shaped with a faith foundation, especially as members and affiliates of the ELCA. Future sessions will cover ways to carry out advocacy work and specific policy issues where the Lutheran community can make an impact.
Sign up for one session or all five to learn about how we can lift our voices together to advance the common good. Each virtual session will include a 30-minute virtual presentation followed by an optional question & answer session for 15 minutes.
**NOTE** you have to register for each session to receive a unique zoom link for each session.
SESSION 1: Wed. Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. EDT
Wondering about how advocacy fits into our Christian and Lutheran presence in policy discussions? Session 1 of Advocacy Summer School will paint a picture of what advocacy is and how advocacy is shaped with a faith foundation, especially as members and affiliates of the ELCA. With discussions, examples, and ways to connect, register for “What is faith-based advocacy?” today!
Register here for SESSION 1: https://bit.ly/1B-ELCAAdvocacySummerSchool
SESSION 2: Wed. Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. EDT
If you want to be part of moving the needle on a policy matter, Session 2 of Advocacy Summer School can demystify and encourage your participation in the process. Knowledge from ELCA advocacy and Capitol Hill staff as well as state and personal experiences will help you understand this access point with policy decision makers. Register for “How do I approach policy makers?” soon!
Register here for SESSION 2: https://bit.ly/2B-ELCAAdvocacySummerSchool
SESSION 3: Wed. Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. EDT
Gaining attention for your advocacy aims can amplify your efforts. Tips for using op eds, letters to the editor, event attention and social media are among topics highlighted during “How Do I Use Media for Impact?”, Session 3 of Advocacy Summer School.
Register here for SESSION 3: https://bit.ly/3B-ELCAAdvocacySummerSchool
SESSION 4: Wed. Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. EDT
Hear from ELCA Peace Not Walls network members, partners and staff for a faith-centric update on what is happening in the region and with Lutheran affiliated ministry. This issue-specific Session 4 of the ELCA Advocacy Summer School series will help update your appreciation of current issues as we walk alongside our siblings in the Holy Land.
Register here for SESSION 4: https://bit.ly/4B-ELCAAdvocacySummerSchool
SESSION 5: Wed. Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. EDT
The human journey of children of God lurches many of us on a passage as immigrants. Hear about root causes and experience of individuals and ministries, including the ELCA AMMPARO strategy – an acronym that mirrors the word “amparo” in Spanish that means the protection of a living creature from suffering or damage – and ways policy intersects with immigration pressures. This issue-specific Session 5 of the ELCA Advocacy Summer School series will highlight current realities.
Register here for SESSION 5: https://bit.ly/5B-ELCAAdvocacySummerSchool