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February 28-March 1, 2017

Come join us in Austin during the 85th Legislative Session for Advocacy Day, including workshops on the top issues facing the Legislature in 2017 and a chance of attendees to visit with their elected officials.


LOCATION

Hyde Park Baptist Church
3901 Speedway
Austin, TX 78751

Keynote Speakers


Vincent Bacote

Vincent Bacote (Ph.D., Drew University) is an Associate Professor of Theology and the Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL.  He is author of The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life (2015), The Spirit in Public Theology: Appropriating the Legacy of Abraham Kuyper (2005), and has contributed to various books, magazines and blogs. He is a fellow of the Center for Public Justice, and a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Christian Ethics. He lives in Glen Ellyn, IL with his family.

Gabe Lyons

Gabe Lyons is the co-author of Good Faith (2016), unChristian (2007) and authored The Next Christians (2010), as a manifesto for how Christians can faithfully lead in a changing culture. He is the founder of Q, a learning community of Christian leaders where they are equipped to engage our cultural moment. Gabe speaks to over 100,000 people each year on topics of equipping the next generation, cultural issues and research related to the intersection of faith and public life. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Rebekah, and their three children.

Workshops

Session 1 ( 11:00-12:00pm)

#StoptheDebtTrap: Your Role in Preventing the Financial Exploitation of the Poor
Brett Merfish, Staff Attorney, Texas Appleseed
Room: W206
Fight the payday and auto-title lending and learn current legislative proposals to improve consumer protections for poor and financially-fragile families.

The Stranger Among Us: Working to Strengthen Immigrant Families
Brenda Kirk, Houston Site Coordinator, New American Workforce, National Immigration Forum
Dr. Jesus Romero, Director ISAAC Project
Room: W218
Learn about policies that strengthen immigrant families while also improving their integration into our communities. This workshop will be presented  in Spanish and English.

Public Policy in the Age of Black Lives Matter
Joyce James, Principal, Joyce James Consulting
Room: W308
Understand the link between racial reconciliation and public policy and how public policy can be used to reduce inequality and promote equity.

The Kids Aren’t Alright (Overview of the Challenges in the Foster Care System and How You Can Be an Advocate for Children)
Sarah Crockett, Public Policy Coordinator, Texas CASA
Room: W222
Our kids need our help! Use your voice to advocate for kids enmeshed in the Texas’ foster care system.

Maximizing the Potential of All God’s Children: Improving Educational Outcomes for Texas Children
Carol Shattuck, President & CEO, Collaborative for Children  
Room: W320
Gain insight into efforts to improve educational outcomes for all children regardless of their ZIP Code. This workshop will cover the importance of quality, low-cost early education programs.

Our First Freedom: Protecting Religious Liberty in the 85th Legislative Session
John Litzler, Director of Church Law, Christian Unity Ministries
Ferrell Foster, Director of Ethics and Justice, Texas Baptist CLC
Room: W330
Participants will learn about various religious liberty proposals before the Legislature and the best ways to strengthen our first freedom in Texas.

Session 2 (1:45-2:45pm)

#StoptheDebtTrap: Your Role in Preventing the Financial Exploitation of the Poor
Brett Merfish, Staff Attorney, Texas Appleseed
Room: W206
Fight the payday and auto-title lending and learn current legislative proposals to improve consumer protections for poor and financially-fragile families.

Seek the Welfare of the City: Christian Advocacy in the 21st Century
Gus Reyes, Director, Texas Baptist CLC
Room: W218
Learn how advocacy is key to a modern missions strategy and five tips for persuasively engaging elected officials in you community. This workshop will is being presented in Spanish.

The Kids Aren’t Alright (Overview of the Challenges in the Foster Care System and How You Can Be an Advocate for Children)
Sarah Crockett, Public Policy Coordinator, Texas CASA
Room: W222
Our kids need our help! Use your voice to advocate for kids enmeshed in the Texas’ foster care system.

Pro-Life and Pro-Women: Improving the Health of Mothers and Protecting the Unborn
Dr. Joe Pojman, Executive Director, Texas Alliance for Life
Room: W3
Take action to protect the unborn and improve the lives of mothers through increasing access to quality healthcare.

The Kids Aren’t Alright (Caregiver Perspective)
Don Forrester, Vice President of Programs and Services, Children At Heart Ministries
Rachel Cooper, Policy Analyst Center for Public Policy Priorities
Katelynn Holte, Director, Restore Foster CareModerated: Rand Jenkins, Specialist, Texas Baptist CLC
Room: W310
Hear from experts working with families and caregivers on ways you can use your resources to advocate for families enmeshed in the Texas’ foster care system.

Maximizing the Potential of All God’s Children: Improving Educational Outcomes for Texas Children
Dr. Charles Luke, Director, Coalition for Public Schools
Room: W320
Gain insight into efforts to improve educational outcomes for all children regardless of their ZIP Code.

Our First Freedom: Protecting Religious Liberty in the 85th Legislative Session
John Litzler, Director of Church Law, Christian Unity Ministries
Ferrell Foster, Director of Ethics and Justice, Texas Baptist CLC
Room: W330
Participants will learn about various religious liberty proposals before the Legislature and the best ways to strengthen our first freedom in Texas.

Session 3 (3:00-4:00pm)

Civility in the Public Square
Ferrell Foster, Director of Ethics and Justice
Room: W206
Participants will learn why civility is a key to effective political engagement and how they can engage in our polarized society to advance the common good.

#StoptheDebtTrap: Your Role in Preventing the Financial Exploitation of the Poor
Anyra Cano-Valencia, Adjunct Professor, Baptist University of the Americas
Room: W218
Fight the payday and auto-title lending and learn current legislative proposals to improve consumer protections for poor and financially-fragile families. This workshop will be  presented in Spanish.

Remember the Prisoners: Criminal Justice Reform and the Church
Doug Smith, Policy Analyst, Texas Criminal Justice Coalition
Room: W222
Learn four areas where your church can be a positive force in the criminal justice reform efforts.

The Kids Aren’t Alright (Caregiver Perspective)
Don Forrester,  Vice President of Program and Services, Children At Heart Ministries
Rachel Cooper, Policy Analyst Center for Public Policy Priorities
Katelynn Holte, Director, Restore Foster Care
Moderated: Rand Jenkins, Specialist, Texas Baptist CLC
Room: W310
Hear from experts working with families and caregivers on ways you can use your resources to advocate for families enmeshed in the Texas’ foster care system.

Maximizing the Potential of All God’s Children: Improving Educational Outcomes for Texas Children
Dr. Charles Luke, Director, Coalition for Public Schools
Room: W320
Gain insight into efforts to improve educational outcomes for all children regardless of their ZIP Code.

Seek the Welfare of the City: Christian Advocacy in the 21st Century
Kathryn Freeman, Director of Public Policy,  Texas Baptist CLC
Room: W330
Learn how advocacy is key to a modern missions strategy and five tips for persuasively engaging elected officials in you community.

*workshops offered in Spanish

Schedule

Tuesday
8:45 – 9:25 am Coffee with Gabe & Dr. Bacote/Book Signing
9:30 – 10:45 am General Session 1
11 -12 pm Workshop Session 1
12:10 – 1:30 pm Luncheon/General Session 2 (Q&A with Dr. Bacote and Gabe)
1:45 – 2:45 pm Workshop Session 2
3:00 – 4:00 pm Workshop Session 3
4:15 – 5:30 pm General Session 3

Wednesday
9:00 – 11:00 am Legislative Visits 
11:00 – Noon Brown Bag Lunch & Debrief (Optional)

register online

Hotel Accommodations:

Holiday Inn
512-451-5757
6000 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin 78752

Fairfield Inn & Suites
512-302-5550
959 Reinli Street, Austin 78751

Embassy Suites
512-454-8004
5901 N. Interstate 35 Frontage Road, Austin 78723

Drury Inn & Suites
469-467-9500
6711 N Interstate 35 Frontage Road, Austin 78752


2015 Advocacy Day Recap

CLC opens doors for advocates to interact at the Capitol

AUSTIN – Advocates work for the best interest of all, the voiceless, or marginalized, Kathryn Freeman, director of public policy for the Christian Life Commission, shared with attendees at CLC Advocacy Day.

The event was hosted on April 9, at the First United Methodist Church in Austin, across the street from the State Capitol building. [ continue]