– March 26–27, 2019 –

Woodlawn Baptist Church
4600 Manchaca Road • Austin, Texas


 

Advocacy Day is an opportunity to learn more about public policy, its impact on your community and ways you can be more involved in the process. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from workshops on issues like religious liberty, educational equity, immigration, criminal justice reform, and pro-life policy. We hope to see you in Austin! 
 

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Early Registration (through February 14) - $30 
Late Registration - $40 
Students (registration required) - Free


 

 

SPEAKERS

Keynote

Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson is a nationally syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in The Washington Post. Gerson serves as senior adviser at ONE, a bipartisan organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases. Until 2006, Gerson was a top aide to President George W. Bush as assistant to the president for policy and strategic planning. Prior to that appointment, he served in the White House as deputy assistant to the president and director of presidential speechwriting and assistant to the president for speechwriting and policy adviser. He is the author of “Heroic Conservatism” (HarperOne, 2007) and co-author of “City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era” (Moody, 2010). He appears regularly on the “PBS NewsHour,” “Face the Nation” and other programs.



Workshop Speakers


Kathryn Freeman

Director of Public Policy,
Christian Life Commission

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Matt Soerens

U.S. Director of Church Mobilization,
World Relief

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Kelly Rosati

Owner,
KMR Consulting

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Shirley Hoogstra

President, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

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Dr. Andrea Ramirez

Former Head of Faith & Education,
NHCLC

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Mike Hogan

Regional Field Director,
Christian Life Commission

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WORKSHOPS 

(Attendees Will Be Able to Choose 2)

Remember the Prisoner: Advocating for Criminal Justice Reform 

Led by Kathryn Freeman, Director of Public Policy, Christian Life Commission 

This workshop will examine the role of  Christians in the national conversation about criminal justice reform. Participants will learn about principles for reform and promising reform initiatives at local, state, and federal levels.

The Stranger Among Us: Pursuing Security and Compassion in Public Policy

Led by Matt Soerens, U.S. Director of Church Mobilization, World Relief

This workshop will examine the biblical principles around immigration, prioritizing both compassion and security when it comes to immigration policy. Participants will learn about current immigration policies and tools to advocate for reform consistent with biblical principles.

Our First Freedom: Protecting Religious Liberty in a Pluralistic Society 

Led by Shirley Hoogstra, President of Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

This workshop will review current issues in religious liberty through the lens of faith-based organizations. Participants will learn the proper relationship between government and religious institutions and how they can be better advocates for religious freedom for all.

Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies: Pro-Life Advocacy for Moms and Babies 

Led by Kelly Rosati, Owner, KMR Consulting 

This workshop will cover policies that protect the unborn and the challenges in delivery of maternal healthcare which lead to complications for mother and child. Participants will learn how to advocate for policies that promote the dignity and health of both babies and moms. 

All God’s Children: Advocating for Educational Equity

Led by Andrea Ramirez, Former Head of Faith & Education for NHCLC

This workshop will focus on strengthening educational outcomes for all school-aged children. Participants will learn how public policy efforts improve education and how to advocate for educational equity. 

Faithful Advocacy
with ONE

Led by Mike Hogan, Regional Field Director

An overview of how the ONE Campaign tackles the issues of extreme poverty and preventable disease using advocacy in our current political climate, both inside and outside of the church.



SCHEDULE

March 26

10:00 am-10:45 am: Advocacy 101 Training

11:00 am-12:00 pm: Keynote 1

12:00 pm-1:15 pm: Lunch

1:30 pm -2:45 pm: Workshops

3:00 pm-4:15 pm: Workshops

4:30 pm-5:30 pm: Keynote 2


March 27

7:30 am-9:00 am: Breakfast in Capitol Grille

9:30 am: Capitol Tour (Optional)

10:00 am-12:00 pm: Office visits


 

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS 

Hotels available for March 26

Home2suites by Hilton Austin Airport
1705 Airport Commerce Dr, Austin, TX 78741
$117-$129

La Quinta Suites Austin Airport
 7625 E Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX 78741
 $145

La Quinta Suites Southwest Austin
4424 S MoPac Expy, Austin, TX 78735
$129

Holiday Inn Express and Suites Austin South
701 E Stassney Ln, Austin, TX 78745
$122

Holiday Inn Express Austin Southwest Sunset Valley
4892 W US Hwy 290 Service Rd, Sunset Valley, TX 78735
 $132

Comfort Suites, South Austin
5001 S IH 35 Frontage Rd, Austin, TX 78744
 $114

Comfort Suites Austin Airport 
7501 E Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX 78741
 $98