Advocacy Training Weekend


Join us for Advocacy Training Weekend

Troubling the Waters for the Healing of the World #GoodTrouble

April 5-8 | Washington, D.C.

In 2019, we gather at a time in which people of faith and conscience are again called to stand in the prophetic stream of those who have come before us, those who were not afraid to stir up #GoodTrouble for the sake of God’s kingdom.

Join us April 5 for Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. Gather with your fellow Presbyterians as we look at how our church and our partners are working to organize for change. In plenaries and work shops we will look at the Church as movement and as well as ways to build movements for change. We will hear from inspiring leaders and learn about past present and future efforts to bring about a more just society and world. We will offer concrete tools and strategies for members and their congregations to organize and advocate in their churches and local communities.

After Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day, join the ecumenical community for Ecumenical Advocacy Days, April 5-8. Almost one thousand Christian advocates join us every year for a weekend of workshops, lectures and concrete actions addressing movements for social change.

The 2019 Ecumenical Advocacy Days Conference will draw on #GoodTrouble pioneers from the Civil Rights era as well as inspiration from young leaders to learn from the past, share best practices, and encourage one another for the work ahead. Through worship, educational and training workshops, and advocacy, we will beckon the Spirit to “Trouble the Waters” as depicted in John 5:1-9, calling on God to bring healing to our nation and world. Join us as we envision and train for new ways to stir up #GoodTrouble for the healing of all God’s children.

The weekend culminates in “Lobby Day” on Monday, April 8, when we raise our voices in the halls of power.


Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day

April 5th

New York Avenue Presbyterian Church
1313 New York Avenue, NW

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CPJ Day Agenda

List of workshops

Ecumenical Advocacy Days

April 5-8

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

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CPJ Training Day Keynote Speakers


David LaMotte – CPJ Day Keynote speaker

David LaMotte is an award-winning songwriter, speaker, author, and activist. He has produced 12 CDs and performed 2500 concerts on five continents.

He suspended his music career in 2008 to accept a Rotary World Peace Fellowship, earning a master’s degree in International Studies, Peace, and Conflict Resolution from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and working in rural India as part of that degree.

David maintains a dense calendar of speaking and musical events worldwide. He also serves as the president of PEG Partners, the non-profit organization he co-founded to support schools and libraries in Guatemala. In addition to that, he serves as the Clerk (chair) of the Nobel Peace Prize Nominating Task Group for the AFSC (Quakers).

His most recent endeavor is as one-third of the interfaith trio Abraham Jam, whose debut album was released in November 2018.


The Reverend Jimmie Hawkins, Preacher, CPJ Training Day

The Rev. Jimmie Ray Hawkins serves as the Director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness in Washington, DC.

Before coming to Washington, he served as the pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Durham, NC, 1996 – 2016. Between 1992 – 1996 he served as the senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian, Holmes Memorial and Trinity Presbyterian churches in western Virginia (Peaks Presbytery).

The Reverend Hawkins served as Treasurer on the Church World Service global board and as a board member of the National Council of Churches. He is a board trustee with Union Presbyterian Seminary. He has chaired several interfaith /ecumenical and non-profit boards: Durham Congregations in Action, the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, the Religious Coalition for a Non-Violent Durham, Housing for New Hope (homeless advocacy), End Poverty Now, and others.

His community ministry includes being a leader for the Moral Monday Movement since its onset in 2013. He has participated in three actions of civil disobedience protesting the actions of the NC General Assembly to curtail voting rights, refusal to expand Medicaid, HB2 and other draconian legislation. He served as a member of the NC NAACP Executive Committee and has been active in justice advocacy throughout his ministry.

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