The annual legislative event for Advocacy in Faith was conducted Feb. 3 and 4 at the First United Methodist Church, Topeka. Legislative Event for Advocacy in Faith is co-sponsored by United Methodist Women of Kansas East and West Conferences, Church Women United of Kansas and Kansas Ecumenical Ministries.
This was the first year for a two-day event, which began at 6 p.m. Sunday with a worship service by Kansas East Conference United Methodist Women. It was followed by a keynote address “Gone to Meddlin” by Dawn Please-Bailey, Southwester University, Winfield. Following refreshments, the group of about 60 broke into small groups and attended one of three focus groups.
Monday was a full day session opening with worship by Kansas West Conference United Methodist Women and a keynote address by Leonard Zeskind, author of Blood Politics and several other books.
The 2013 theme was “Seeking Racial Justice,” based on the scripture, “Your people shall be my people” in Ruth 1:16. Chairperson Aurelie Sanders welcomed the legislative update participants, who spoke on current issues that will be facing the 2013 Kansas Legislative session.
Following a box luncheon, which was attended by 38 legislators and about 100 women from around the state, attendees selected two of 11 focus groups to attend. Representative Clark Schultz and Representative Don Schroeder were luncheon guests of Shirley Ade and Anita Jost. Regrets were received from Senator Jay Emler.
Immigration is the topic of the 2014 Legislative Event for Advocacy in Faith event.