CLC Advocacy Day

February 28-March 1, 2017

Hyde Park Baptist Church
3901 Speedway
Austin TX  78751

Cost: $100 | $70 for students (cost reflects hotel double occupancy)

Includes: Lodging at Drury Inn & Suites Austin North (6711 N. Interstate 35 Frontage Road, Austin 78752), conference/workshops, lunch & breakfast

Required Form: 2017 Medical & Surgical Waiver

“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” Jeremiah 29:7 (NRSV)

What does it mean to “seek the welfare” of our neighbors when it comes public policy and political engagement?

Join the CLC Advocacy Day in Austin during the 85th Legislative Session. Workshops will be provided on the top issues facing the Legislature in 2017 and a chance for attendees to visit with elected officials.

  • How advocacy is related to the Great Commission
  • How you can help fight predatory lending in your community
  • How to increase educational opportunity and equity for all God’s children
  • How your church can positively impact criminal justice reform efforts

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7:00 am Meet at Woodland and leave
8:45 am – 9:25 am Coffee with Gabe & Dr. Bacote/Book Signing
9:30 am – 10:45 am General Session 1
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Workshop Session 1
12:10 pm – 1:30 pm Luncheon/General Session 2 (Q&A with Dr. Bacote and Gabe)
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Workshop Session 2
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Workshop Session 3
4:15 pm – 5:30 pm General Session 3
8:30 am – 9:30 am Legislative Breakfast
9:30 am – 11:00 am Legislative Visits
11:00 am – Noon Brown Bag Lunch & Debrief (Optional)
2:00 pm Arrive back at Woodland (approximate time)

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Vincent Bacote

Vincent Bacote (Ph.D., Drew University) is an Associate Professor of Theology and the Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL.  He is author of The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life (2015), The Spirit in Public Theology: Appropriating the Legacy of Abraham Kuyper (2005), and has contributed to various books, magazines and blogs. He is a fellow of the Center for Public Justice, and a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Christian Ethics. He lives in Glen Ellyn, IL with his family.

Gabe Lyons

Gabe Lyons is the co-author of Good Faith (2016), unChristian (2007) and authored The Next Christians (2010), as a manifesto for how Christians can faithfully lead in a changing culture. He is the founder of Q, a learning community of Christian leaders where they are equipped to engage our cultural moment. Gabe speaks to over 100,000 people each year on topics of equipping the next generation, cultural issues and research related to the intersection of faith and public life. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Rebekah, and their three children.

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The Kids Aren’t Alright: The Foster Care Crisis in Texas (Two-Part Panel)
Our kids need our help! Use your voice to advocate for orphans and families enmeshed in the Texas’ foster care system.

#StoptheDebtTrap: Your Role in Preventing Financial Exploitation of the Poor
Fight the payday and auto-title lending and learn current legislative proposals to improve consumer protections for poor and financially-fragile families.

Maximizing the Potential of All God’s Children: Improving Educational Outcomes for Texas Children
Gain insight into efforts to improve educational outcomes for all children regardless of their ZIP Code.

Remember the Prisoners: Criminal Justice Reform and the Church
Learn three areas where your church can be a positive force in the criminal justice reform efforts.

Civility in the Public Square
Participants will learn why civility is a key to effective political engagement and how they can engage in our polarized society to advance the common good.

Seek the Welfare of the City: Christian Advocacy in the 21st Century
Learn how advocacy is key to a modern missions strategy and five tips for persuasively engaging elected officials in your community.

Our First Freedom: Protecting Religious Liberty in the 85th Legislative Session
Participants will learn about various religious liberty proposals before the Legislature and the best ways to strengthen our first freedom in Texas.

Pro-Life and Pro-Women: Improving The Health of Mothers and Protecting the Unborn
Take action to protect the unborn and improve the lives of mothers through increasing access to quality healthcare.

The Stranger Among Us: Working to Strengthen Immigrant Families
Learn about policies that strengthen immigrant families while also improving their integration into our communities.

Race and Public Policy
This workshop is designed to educate advocates on the link between race and public policy and state some clear policy goals for the Texas Legislature to pursue in order to reduce inequality.