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February 23-26, 2003
Africa and the Middle East
Advocacy Days

National City Christian Church and Luther Place Church
Thomas Circle, Washington, DC
 


SCHEDULE
(subject to change; updated July 11, 2003)

Event Locations: directions, maps, public transport
 



 


Joint Activities


Africa track


Middle East track

Sunday
February 23rd

Location:  National City Christian Church  
(Five Thomas Circle, N.W., Washington, D.C.)

4:00 pm

Registration and Exhibits Open

 

 

7:00 pm

Opening Plenary (PUBLIC INVITED)

Music

U.S. Premiere of “Judgement Day” by Kevin Harris (Judgement Day flyer)

Closing Devotion led by The Rev. Paul Wee
 

 

 

9:00pm

Reception

 

 

Monday
February 24
th
Location:  National City Christian Church  (Five Thomas Circle, N.W., Washington, D.C.) and  Luther Place Memorial Church (1226 Vermont Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.)

8:30 am

Music and Morning Meditation:  Rev. Fahed Abu-Akel, Moderator, Presbyterian Church (USA)

 

 

9:00am

 

Plenary keynote on justice issues facing Africa – Rogate Mshana, Economic Justice Unit, World Council of Churches

Panel/discussants

Bill Fletcher, TranAfrica Forum

Yao Graham, Third World Network-Ghana

Biographical Information on Speakers

Plenary keynote on a vision for Middle East Peace – Rev. Mitri Raheb, Pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem and Director of the International Centre of Bethlehem

Discussants: Ambassador Hussein Hassouna, League of Arab States

Paul Scham, Visiting Scholar, Judaic Studies, George Washington University

Ziad J. Asali, MD, President of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

Biographical Information on Speakers

12:00 noon

Denominational lunches

 

 

2:00 pm

Joint
Workshop

1J) Terrorism and US policy toward the Global South

(Jim Matlack, American Friends Service Committee)

Here is an opportunity for participants to share in an open discussion of the preoccupation of the United States with terrorism and national security and its implications for the needs and hopes of peoples in the Middle East and Global South

Africa
Policy Workshops
(Descriptions)

1A) AIDS: Funding and treatment access

(Heather Nolen, National Council of Churches / ChurchWorld Service; Kathy McNeely, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns)

2A) Debt: An unfinished agenda

(Tom Hart, Episcopal Church Office on Government Affairs; Marie Clarke Brill, Jubilee USA Network)

3A) Conflict: Emphasis on resource exploitation

(Carolyn Nordstrom, University of Notre Dame)

4A) Sudan: After Machakos, what?

(Dan Griffin, Catholic Relief Services)

5A) Economic justice: African development vs. the US trade agenda

(Jim Hug, Center of Concern; Yao Graham, Third World Network)

6A) Making sense of development assistance:  The Millennium Challenge Account

(Kathy Pomroy, Bread for the World; Nancy Alexander, Citizens for Essential Services) 

Middle East
Policy Workshops
(Descriptions)

1ME) Israeli Settlements: The Facts and the Politics

(Jeff Aronson, Foundation for Middle East Peace)

2ME) Update on Iraq

(Chris Toesing, Editor, Middle East Report)

3ME) Peacemaking Opportunities for Congregations and Communities

(Mark Brown, Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs)

4ME) Evangelical Christians and the Christian Right

(Don Wagner)

5ME) Human Rights Issues for Israel and Palestinians

(Joe Stork, Human Rights Watch)

 

 

3:15 pm

Break

 

 

3:45 pm

Joint
Workshop (repeated)

2J) Terrorism and US policy toward the Global South

(Jim Matlack, American Friends Service Committee)

Africa
Policy Workshops (repeated)
(Descriptions)

7A) AIDS: Funding and treatment access

(Heather Nolen, National Council of Churches / ChurchWorld Service; Kathy McNeely, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns)

8A) Debt: An unfinished agenda

(Tom Hart, Episcopal Church Office on Government Affairs; Marie Clarke Brill, Jubilee USA Network)

9A) Conflict: Emphasis on resource exploitation

(Carolyn Nordstrom, University of Notre Dame)

10A) Sudan: After Machakos, what?

(Dan Griffin, Catholic Relief Services)

11A) Economic justice: African development vs. the US trade agenda

(Jim Hug, Center of Concern; Yao Graham, Third World Network)

12A) Making sense of development assistance:  The Millennium Challenge Account

(Kathy Pomroy, Bread for the World; Nancy Alexander, Citizens for Essential Services)

Middle East
Policy Workshops
(Descriptions)

6ME) Jerusalem: Religious and Political Dimensions

(Khalil Jahshan, ADC-NAAA)

7ME) Interfaith Relations and Programming:  The Issues, Opportunities and Challenges

(Jay Rock, National Council of Churches)

8ME) Peacemaking:  Opportunities for Congregations and Communities

(Mark Brown, Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs)

9ME) New and Views from Israeli and Jewish-American Peace Groups

(Lewis Roth, Americans for Peace Now)

10ME) Update on Iraq

(Chris Toesing, Editor, Middle East Report)

 

5:00 pm

Dinner (on your own)

 

 

7:00 pm

Worship Service for Peace with Justice (PUBLIC INVITED)

Preacher: Rev. John L. McCullough, Church World Service (Bio)
"End the Day of Parched Places"

Music: Saint Camillus Multicultural Choir and National City Gospel Choir
 

 

 

9:00 pm

Fellowship Hour

 

 

Tuesday

February 25th

Location:  National City Christian Church  (Five Thomas Circle, N.W., Washington, D.C.) and  Luther Place Memorial Church (1226 Vermont Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.)

8:30 am

Morning meditation and music

 

 

9:00 am

 

Plenary – Alternative visions: US Africa policy and the advocacy community

Panel/discussants

Salih Booker, Africa Action

Imani Countess, American Friends Service Committee

Biographical Information on Speakers

Plenary – Political Dynamics of Building Peace and Security

Presenters

Ambassador Phil Wilcox, President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace

Clyde R. Mark, Congressional Research Service, The Library of Congress

Craig Albright, Legislative Director, Representative Joe Knollenberg (MI-11)

11:45 am

Break

 

 

12:00 noon

Lunch in regional/state groups

 

 

2:00 pm

 

Plenary: Briefings on status of Africa issues before Congress and in the Administration.
 

Plenary: Briefings on status of Middle East issues before Congress and in the Administration

Corinne Whitlatch, Churches for Middle East Peace 

3:30 pm   Small group training for Hill visits. Small group training for Hill visits.

4:45 pm

Adjourn and depart for Capitol Hill

 

 

5:30 pm

Capitol Hill Reception 

Master of Ceremonies: Rev. Robert Edgar, General Secretary, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (Bio)

 

 

8:00 pm Optional Denominational and Regional Gatherings
Wednesday February 26th

Location: United Methodist Building (100 Maryland Ave., N.E., Washington, D.C.)

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Lobby visits (Please make your own appointments.)

Hospitality (Drinks and Snacks) Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Avenue
 

 

 

10:00 - 11:00 am

Advocacy Training Workshops

Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Avenue

1) Engaging the media

2) Grassroots organizing

 

 

12:10 - 12:30 pm Prayer Service
Simpson Memorial Chapel, Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Avenue
   

1:30 - 2:15 pm

 

De-briefing of lobby visits
Methodist Building

De-briefing of lobby visits
Methodist Building

2:30 - 3:30 pm

Advocacy Training Workshops (repeated)

Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Avenue

1) Engaging the media

2) Grassroots organizing

 

 

4:00 - 4:45 pm

 

De-briefing of lobby visits
Methodist Building

De-briefing of lobby visits
Methodist Building

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