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Title: Interpreting Advocacy Issues

Interpreting Advocacy Issues Global Advocacy
Education Team Ministries and Mission
Interpreters Training 2008
Workshop Goals
  • Why Advocacy is important to Global Ministries
  • Ideas for working on an issue important to you
  • Hear about Global Ministries issues and campaigns

Why is Justice important to Global Ministries?
  • We are people of faith called to do justice.
  • The prophet says What does the Lord require of
    you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and
    to walk humbly with your God. Micah 68
  • We are partners in Jesus ministry of justice.
  • Jesus calls us to join him "The Spirit of the
    Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to
    preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to
    proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery
    of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed,
    to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor. Luke
  • We are a Church with a justice mission.
  • We have a Mission Global Ministries Standing
    Rules say In such a world as this, we
    experience the interconnectedness of Gods
    world... a world desperately in need of healing.

What is Advocacy?
  • To Create Change
  • We seek to change conditions that threaten
    adequate health, education, security. (I came
    that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
    John 1010)
  • To Accompany Others
  • We seek ministries of acompañamiento (being
    there in various forms and modes of presence) to
    and with people in critical situations. (Speak
    up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for
    the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up
    and judge fairly defend the rights of the poor
    and needy. Proverbs 318-9)
  • To Act (Take Risk) for Truth
  • We must act when we see injustice. (How does
    Gods love abide in anyone who has the worlds
    goods and sees a brother or sister in need and
    yet refuses to help? Little children, let us
    love, not in word or speech, but in truth and
    action. 1 John 317-18)

Theological Commitments Guide our Global Advocacy
  • A Commitment to the Integrity of Creation
  • The earth is the Lords and all that is in it,
    the world and those who live in it. Psalm 241
  • A Commitment to Peacebuilding
  • Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be
    called the children of God. Matthew 59
  • A Commitment to Serve the Economy of God
  • He has anointed me to bring Good News to the
    poor…to proclaim the year of the Lords favor.
    Luke 418-19
  • A Commitment to Strengthen Human Community
  • In one member suffers, all suffer together with
    it if one member is honored, all rejoice
    together with it. I Corinthians 1226

What else guides Global Ministries Advocacy work?
  • Global experience of international partners
  • Cooperative witness of ecumenical allies
  • Policies and positions of Common Global
    Ministries Board, United Church of Christ and
    Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

How to do effective global advocacy. 1. What
change do you seek…
  • Pray and Discern
  • What is the change that needs to happen?
  • Is your community called to act?
  • A process of ethical discernment can help you
    focus on an issue. A common model is See,
    Judge, Act (available from Global Ministries)

Create a committed community
  • See, Judge, Act
  • What about the situation would scripture and
    faith have change?
  • What response does your faith call you to?
  • What Actions can help change the situation?

How to do effective global advocacy. 2. Prepare
for Advocacy…
  • Prepare. Effective advocacy requires preparation
  • Learn more about your issue. Go beyond the
    headlines. See for
    information and links.
  • What are your targets for change? Focus on what
    will make the most change or where youll have
    most success. Church policies? Public attitudes?
    Government policies?
  • Who are your allies? Other faith groups? Business
    or civic groups? The media?
  • Are there Global Ministries programs or resources
    that can support your effort?

How to do effective global advocacy. 3. Plan an
Advocacy strategy…
  • Q Want to move the earth?
  • You think you need a big Stick…
  • but its more important to determine the best
  • Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on
    which to place it,
  • and I shall move the world. Archimedes, d. 212
  • A small force can have a greater outcome if you
    determine the right angle to push for change.

How to do effective global advocacy. 3. Plan an
Advocacy strategy…
  • What are your Strengths and Weaknesses?
  • What outcome do you expect?
  • How can your group be effective?

Planning a Strategy for Advocacy
  • What Would Jesus Do? Be wise as serpents and as
    innocents as doves. Mt.1016

Overturn the Tables
Prophetic Revolution Other times he broke
conventions and protocols to eat with sinners and
minister on the Sabbath.
Pragmatic Reform Polite discourse with religious
and political authorities
Turn the Other Cheek
What are some Global Ministries Advocacy Projects?
  • A Commitment to the Integrity of Creation
  • Enough for All Global Warming and Poverty
  • A Commitment to Peacebuilding
  • Congo Week and Sudan Tents of Hope
  • A Commitment to Serve the Economy of God
  • One in Body and Spirit Fair Trade, the MDGs and
    ONE Campaign
  • A Commitment to Strengthen Human Community
  • Stop the Killing! in the Philippines

Are you doing any good?
  • Remember each little step is an important part of
    the process, but its important to maintain your
    overall vision.
  • A person walked up to a man placing one brick on
    another. She asked the man What are you doing?
    He replied Im laying bricks.
  • She walked further and approached a second man
    placing brick upon brick. She asked this man
    What are you doing? This man, wiser than the
    first, replied Im constructing a sturdy wall.
  • Finally she came upon a third man, like the
    others also placing one brick on another. She
    asked this man What are you doing? And this
    one, wisest of all, replied Im building a

Dont forget, you may think youre simply
stacking bricks, but through our collective
advocacy we can build cathedrals. www.GlobalMinis