Monday, January 24, 2022, from 9:00 am to 12:00 p.m.
Legislative advocacy has long been a part of the heritage of United Methodists in Iowa. On Monday, January 24, 2022, that tradition will continue with a Legislative Advocacy Day virtually in your homes or churches. Legislative Advocacy Day is sponsored by the Iowa United Methodist Women and the Iowa Conference Legislative Advocacy Team of the Iowa Church and Society Committee.
“We will be meeting for the morning of Monday, January 24, and we hope many people will join us as we begin to look at key issues as Iowans and United Methodists,” said Rev. Brian Carter, team leader of the Legislative Advocacy Team.
Persons wishing to advocate can contact Rev. Brian Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call him at 515-979-5775. We can help you go to the State Capitol and meet with your own state senators and representatives, or the Legislative Advocacy Team will set up meetings regarding the Iowa UMC’s legislative priorities.
Each year, the Legislative Advocacy Team chooses several legislative priorities on which to focus, including mental health, poverty, gun safety, the environment, criminal justice, human rights and anti-racism. There will be presentations on the environment and climate change; anti-racism and the school to prison pipeline; and reentry of prisoners to their communities, with special emphasis on the parole system and women victims of abuse.
During session, the Legislative Advocacy Team meets with legislators and staff one-on-one or in committee meetings at the state capitol. The team informs and educates legislators, through the lens of the United Methodist Church, on the potential impact of legislation on the state’s residents. An ADVOCACY ACTION ALERT will be published and sent via e-mail to churches and concerned United Methodists when the Legislative Advocacy Team deems your advocacy is needed and will be most effective.
The Legislative Advocacy Team hopes to get Iowans involved and interested in ways the United Methodist Church can help the people of Iowa on these legislative priorities.
“It will be a time for devotion and to think about what it means to be responsible as Christians and United Methodists caring for the least and the lost,” said Carter.
Everyone is encouraged to tune in to the Advocacy Day Webinar Presentations including United Methodist Women members, officers, social action coordinators, United Methodist Church members & pastors, and others interested in advocacy work.
More information will become available in the upcoming weeks so be sure to sign up for Action Alert emails so you stay informed. Visit www.iaumc.org/advocacy for current information or on Facebook @IAUMCadvocacy.