Advocacy

Advocacy continues to be a work of grace in our Annual conference. With the restructuring of how we practice advocacy, various committees were moved under the Episcopal Office as extensions of that office.

Each of these committees, under the leadership of Bishop James E. Swanson, Sr., seeks to undergird justice, equity, and dignity by valuing God’s image in every person. We continue to work for new partnerships and the renewal of established ones as we work toward justice. Each of the varied areas of Advocacy reflects the desire of fulfilling God’s preferred future for our Annual Conference. Faith filled action in the Mississippi Annual Conference will present an opportunity for us to become a parish of peace and advocacy because we as United Methodists are a people of advocacy.

Advocacy Committee includes:

Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships — Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships provide opportunities to network across the United Methodist Church and with our ecumenical partners. Rev. Warren Coile, chair

Church and Society – Church and Society through the Advocacy team continued to advocate for and join efforts aimed at establishing justice, wholeness, and peacemaking among the clergy and lay people of Mississippi. Rev. Olivear Booker, chair

Commission on Religion and Race – The purpose of the Conference Commission on Religion & Race (CCORR) is the same as the General Commission: “to challenge, lead, and equip the people of the United Methodist Church to become inter-culturally competent, to ensure institutional equity and to facilitate vital conversations about religion, race, and culture” (BOD, para. 2002). Rev. Kathy (Price) Vaughns, chair

Commission on the Status and Role of Women – Commission on Status and Role of Women continually seeks to help the church in the recognition of laity, clergy, adults and children as full and equal parts of God's human family, embracing the diversity each person brings to the vitality of the church. The Commission seeks to provide resources for districts and local churches, to cast a vision for our Conference around issues of justice and advocacy in a holistic manner, and to send a COSROW representative from our Conference to training events that relate to its mission. Rev. Emily Sanford, chair

Disabilities—Disability Ministries Committee for the Mississippi Conference continues its work of advocacy, education, and empowerment for individuals and families with disabilities. Rev. Dr. Eric Pridmore, chair

Peace with Justice – Peace with Justice will continue to pursue unity, justice and love that invites all people to come together for the good of all of God's creation. God is reconciling the world through Christ so that all of us can walk humbly with God as the Kingdom of Justice and Kindness is emerging on earth as it is in heaven. Rev. Bruce Case, chair

For more information, see the Advocacy Committee Report to the Session of the Annual Conference.

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