Advocacy Training Weekend


Join us for Compassion, Peace & Justice Training Day

Stay for Ecumenical Advocacy Days

April 24-27 | Washington, D.C.

We believe that God created this world, called it good, and told humans to care for it. We are blessed to have this sacred task.

On April 24, 2020, join together with Presbyterians from across the nation in Washington, D.C. to learn how Presbyterians and partners are answering this call and working for the restoration of God’s creation and people. Through plenaries, workshops, and networking opportunities, this CPJ Training Day offers the chance to explore the various ways we are addressing climate change, ecological destruction and environmental racism. Advancing climate justice and just transition to value and protect people who have historically been made vulnerable by economic and environmental injustice will be a special focus.

Many will continue the learning by attending the Ecumenical Advocacy Days: Imagine! God’s Earth and People Restored from Friday evening on April 24 through Lobby Day on Monday the 27th. Almost 1,000 Christian advocates join us every year for a weekend of workshops, lectures and concrete actions addressing movements for social change.


Compassion Peace & Justice Training Day

April 24th

New York Avenue Presbyterian Church
1313 New York Avenue, NW


Ecumenical Advocacy Days

April 24-27

Washington, D.C. Doubletree Hotel by Hilton
Washington, D.C.-Crystal City

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CPJ Training Day Keynote Speakers


Rev. Melanie Mullen, CPJ Day Keynote Speaker

Rev. Melanie Mullen serves as Episcopal Church’s Director of Reconciliation, Justice & Creation Care – charged with bringing the Jesus Movement to the concerns of the world. Prior to joining the Presiding Bishop’s staff she was the Downtown Missioner at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, leading a historic southern congregation’s missional, civic, and reconciliation ministries.

Before the ministry, Melanie worked in campaign fundraising and development, raising more than $10 million for leadership PACs, the Congressional Black Caucus, and US Congressional and gubernatorial races from Louisiana to Connecticut; and she served as Development Associate for the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, with a focus on poverty advocacy.

She is a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity; and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, with a Bachelors in History.

Here’s some more about Melanie


Rev. Rebecca Barnes, CPJ Day Keynote Speaker

In January 2017, Rev. Rebecca Barnes became the Coordinator of the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) after serving for five years as the Associate for Environmental Ministries, within PHP. Rebecca coordinates and supports the PHP national, international, lifestyle simplicity, and environmental programs that work to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in the United States and around the world. The Hunger Program approaches hunger, poverty and environmental degradation through 5 main tools: direct food relief combined with root cause work, sustainable development, advocacy, intentional and sustainable living, and education.

Previously in her position of Environmental Ministries, Rebecca supported the national PC(USA) certification program for Earth Care Congregations, coordinated the volunteer local leadership network called the Environmental Ministries Action Network, and worked to help Presbyterians connect their Christian discipleship to ecological, economic and global justice concerns.

Rebecca is a graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary where she earned a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Art in Religion in 2011, with a thesis titled: “A Fuller Experience of God’s Grace: How the Sacraments Invite Us to Relationship with, and Care for, the Earth.” While in seminary, she authored “50 Ways to Help Save the Earth: How You and Your Church Can Help Make a Difference,” which was recently reprinted for distribution to the Commissioners of the 2016 General Assembly of the PC(USA).