Ecumenical Advocacy Days

Networking with people from many faiths who share one vision of justice for all people is one of hundreds of ways in which Medical Mission Sisters and our Associates around the world try to be a healing presence to others today.

Over 800 people from the U.S. attended the 2012 Ecumenical Advocacy Days, held from March 23-26, in Washington, D.C. This year’s theme, based on Isaiah 58, was, “Is this the Fast I Seek? Economy, Livelihood, and Our National Priorities.”

Sisters Janet Gottschalk, Maria Hornung, Lucy Klein-Gebbinck, Celine Paramundayil, Abhaya Thekkan, Mary Ann Tregoning, and Rose Vypana, candidate Christine Kancewick, and Mrs. Susan Thompson all participated.

A variety of workshops were offered on domestic issues; concerns affecting Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East; and on eco-justice, global economic justice, and peace and global security.

Susan Thompson, of our Alliance for Justice Office, coordinated the Global Economic Justice Track of the conference. She says,“It was a wonderful experience…we went to different workshops and could share what we heard and saw with each other each day.”

Sister Mary Ann Tregoning, who served in Africa for over 35 years, says, “We worshipped and prayed, learned from a variety of ordained and lay speakers from many cultural heritages, and shared our common desires.”
Dr. Margaret Aymer, an Associate Professor at the New Testament Interdenominational Theological Center, gave a spirited presentation on “The Bible and a Just Economy.” Dr. Gary Dorrien, an Episcopal priest who is a well-known social ethicist, professor and author, spoke about the economy, our livelihoods and national priorities. Dr. Ellen Nissenbaum, the senior VP for Government Affairs for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, explored the content and implications of the budget that has recently been presented to Congress; and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II, a United Methodist pastor, spoke movingly about the need for a budget that will care for the needs of the poor and most vulnerable.

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May 1, 2012