UMW plans conference to teach advocacy


Those seeking to become more effective in advocating on key issues facing legislative bodies are invited to attend the Mississippi Ecumenical Advocacy Conference in January.

The event’s theme is “What About the Children?” It will offer instruction in four tracks:

Education – Dr. Mike Ward, husband of Bishop Hope Morgan Ward and former state superintendent of education in North Carolina, will lead the discussion. Ward is currently on the faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Advocacy – Kira Johnson, leader of the SMAR Institute at Jackson State, will be the leader.

Called to Do Justice – The Rev. Rebecca Youngblood, director of the Center for Ministry at Millsaps College, is the discussion leader.

National Policy – Susie Johnson, executive secretary for public policy at the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries, will be the leader.

Co-sponsored by the Mississippi Conference and the United Methodist Women, the event is scheduled for Jan. 22-24 at the Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University located on Raymond Road.

Cost of the event is $65 for registration before Dec. 15 and $75 after Dec. 15. Special room rates ($85 single or double) are available at the Edison Walthall Hotel in Jackson. The hotel reservation deadline is Dec. 15.