Event to teach advocacy skills


People of faith can learn how to influence public policy and better advocate for children at the first Mississippi Ecumenical Advocacy Conference.

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 led the discussion. Ward is currently on the faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi.
  • Advocacy — Kira Johnson, leader of the SMART 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 conference 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 $75.