It is again that time of the year...the Maryland legislature is in session. And, again, we have the opportunity of engaging in the Diocesan wide Day of Advocacy in Annapolis. We hope there will be a big turnout from Memorial.
At least three of the priority areas of our Justice work at Memorial will be a formal part of the Day's agenda: Creation Care, Bail Reform and Education. I have the opportunity to speak at lunch about Strong Schools Maryland, Memorial's Team of Ten and invite those not yet engaged across the diocese to form or join a Team of Ten. Ten Episcopal congregations already have a Team of Ten, being well represented among the 100 Teams of Ten currently meeting monthly across the state.
The details of the day follow as spelled out by The Rev. Kathy Shahinian, our wonderful Deacon for Policy in the diocese.
5th Annual Maryland Episcopal Advocacy Day
Thursday, February 15, 8:30 am-2 pm
Miller Senate Office Building, West I & II Reception Room
11 Bladen Street, Annapolis
Learn about the legislative priorities, participate in discussions on important issues, meet with legislators, and gather in fellowship with other Maryland Episcopalians.
The event is FREE to attend but please register beforehand. You can register by going to this link...https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeeVoJabgSd0vOjjW3p_fy488MX8R5IWzvD7hCYPU3QMgZhvg/viewform... Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
The day begins with registration and continental breakfast at 8:30 am, followed by topic briefings and break-outs by district. Speakers will introduce and discuss legislative priorities. Participants may also attend meetings with legislators, observe house or senate proceedings, and attend hearings in various subcommittees.
Note: Attendees will need a photo ID to gain access to the State House and Senate office building.