Speakers include Dauway, Bounds


By the Advocate
A longtime leader in United Methodist Women’s advocacy programs and Mississippi’s superintendent of education will be among the keynote speakers at the first Mississippi Ecumenical Advocacy Conference.

Education Superintendent Dr. Hank Bounds, a United Methodist, will speak Jan 24. Lois Dauway, who serves as associate to the deputy general secretary and director of national ministries for the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries, will speak Jan. 23, as will Dr. Jerry Graniero.

Bishops Hope Morgan Ward of the Mississippi Conference and Duncan Gray of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi will lead worship.

The conference, scheduled for Jan. 22-24 at the Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University located on Raymond Road in Jackson, seeks to help participants learn how to be more effective in impacting public policy that affects children. The theme of the event is “What About the Children?”

The event will offer four study tracks. Among other activities, the participants are scheduled to attend Bishop Hope Morgan Ward’s annual breakfast for United Methodist legislators and elected officials, the annual Congregations for Children news conference at the state Capitol and a session of the Legislature on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Learning tracks and their presenters include:

Education — Dr. Mike Ward, husband of Bishop Ward and former state superintendent of education in North Carolina. Ward is currently on the faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Advocacy — Kira Johnson, leader of the SMART Institute at Jackson State.

Called to Do Justice — The Rev. Rebecca Youngblood, director of the Center for Ministry at Millsaps College.

National Policy — Susie Johnson, executive secretary for public policy at the Women’s Division.

Dauway previously served as the assistant general secretary for Christian Social responsibility for the Women’s Division. The portfolio of that section includes children, youth and family advocacy programs; constituency education; conflict resolution; development education and action; public policy; racial justice; the United Nations and international affairs; women’s concerns, and ecumenical work. Prior to assuming her duties with the Women’s Division, Dauway was the associate for inclusiveness and justice of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. 

Continuing education units are available for participants. Social workers may earn 1.73 SWUs, while CEUs are also available for clergy who take part.

Cost of the event is $75. For information, contact Erie Stuckett, UMW coordinator for social action, at 662-332-8060 or esbmill@bellsouth.net.