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Advocacy Training Weekend


Join us for Advocacy Training Weekend

“A World Uprooted: Responding to Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People”

April 20-23, 2018 | Washington, D.C.

In a time of historically high levels of migration, we see that racism, xenophobia, sexism and religious bigotry are gaining a dangerous foothold in the public arena. Violent conflict, climate change and corruption each foment discord and raise the stakes for vulnerable populations. We believe that God is with the Dreamer, the migrant and the outcast; that God calls us to create places of sanctuary, to offer hospitality to the stranger and to welcome all — regardless of faith, race, gender identity or nationality; and that we must break down the dividing walls that separate us, opposing the false narratives spawned of hatred and nativism. 

Join us April 20 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 confronting white supremacy and nativism while supporting refugee and migrant populations in our country and abroad. In plenaries and workshops we will analyze our current context and offer concrete tools for members and their congregations to address these urgent issues. We will learn how we build a unified public witness of subversive love amidst the abuse and hatred running rampant in our country.

After Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day, join the ecumenical community for Ecumenical Advocacy Days, April 20-23.  Almost one thousand Christian advocates join us every year for a weekend of workshops, lectures and concrete actions addressing the ills of our nation.   The weekend culminates in “Lobby Day” on Monday, April 23, when we raise our voices in the halls of power for a more just, all-inclusive and equal society.


CPJ Training Day

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Ecumenical Advocacy Days

April 20-23

New York Avenue Presbyterian Church
1313 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.

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

CPJ Training Day Keynote Speakers

Matilde MorosMatilde Moros is a decolonial, transnational feminist Christian ethicist, for whom theological and social ethics must respond to sexual violence and racism which have led to social exclusion of many peoples including Latin American and Latinx communities. Her research on the communal and historical effects of violence has led her to an approach to liberation ethics in which resistance methods has become the primary focus. Dr. Matilde Moros is Assistant Professor with the Department of Gender Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.

Featured Panelists

Rev. James Makuei Choul serves as the Executive Director of the Presbyterian Relief and Development Agency (PRDA), the humanitarian arm of the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS). He is a highly experienced advocate for peace and reconciliation in South Sudan, with a strong commitment to human rights and humanitarian issues. Rev. Choul works in partnership with local communities to further PRDA’s mission of hope, through community based relief efforts, rehabilitation and development activities that meet and address the social and physical needs of the South Sudan people.

Maha Kolko is a caseworker and co-sponsorship developer at Kentucky Refugee Ministries. Originally from Syria, she received a Ph.D. degree in linguistics from The University of Reading, United Kingdom. She has been active in communicating with different churches and other community faiths to provide a safe, welcoming environment for refugees. She also assists refugees in their resettlement process and integration.

Elmer Zavala pastors the Presbyterian Hispanic Latino Ministry of Preston Highway, a new worshiping community of Mid-Kentucky Presbytery comprised mainly of undocumented immigrants. The ministry focuses on house-church worship and relational, incarnational accompaniment. Elmer participated in the PC(USA) Reconciliation and Mission Program, a mutual mission-exchange program between citizens of the United States and citizens of Central American countries which introduced him to a PC(USA) church partner and theological seminary in Managua, Nicaragua, where he pursued theological training. Elmer served in local, pastoral roles and in national church leadership of the Evangelical Methodist Church of Nicaragua (IGLEMEN) and was ordained to IGLEMEN in 2011.

Esther JeonEsther Jeon is an Immigrant Rights Fellow at the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC), a grassroots organization founded in 1994 to organize Korean and Asian Americans for racial, economic, and social justice. She is one of more than 7,000 DACA recipients who emigrated from South Korea to the United States. Currently, Esther is a rising senior at Harvard College concentrating in Social Studies with a focus on migration. Her hero in life is her mom, and she awaits the day that members of Congress will feel the same way, too.