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This three-day event is being sponsored by United Methodist Advocacy in Pennsylvania and is intended to provide information and inspiration for Christians who believe that the Church has a role in society, including influence on public policy.

This event coincides with our denominational initiative, Change the World Weekend.

Saturday, May 18 will consist of a conference on subjects relating to faith and politics. All three Pennsylvania United Methodist bishops will be speaking. Dr. Jon Brockopp of Penn State University will act as the featured speaker. His topic will be Climate Change and Moral Vision. In addition to plenary gatherings, participants will be able to attend two workshops. Attendance of the Saturday conference requires registration, with a $30 fee—including lunch. Student registration fee is $10. Conference registration is open to all. Clergy receive .4 CEUs.

Saturday, May 18 conference location is Paxton United Methodist Church, 3550 N. Progress Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Sunday, May 19 and Monday, May 20 scheduled activities are free and require no registration—with two exceptions on Sunday as noted in the day’s description, below.

Registration for the Saturday, May 18 conference does not infer participation on the other days nor does participation on either of the other days require registration for the Saturday conference.

Click here to download an informational handout.

Day 1

May 18, 2019

“Change the World Through Knowledge”


10:00-10:30     Registration

10:30-10:45     Welcome

10:45-11:15     Opening

with Bishop Jeremiah Park

11:15-11:30   Break

11:30-12:10   Featured Speaker

Dr. Jon Brockopp, Climate Change and Moral Vision

12:10-1:15     Lunch with Program

1:15-1:50       Plenary Session

with Bishops Johnson and Moore-Koikoi

2:00-3:20       First Workshop

3:20-3:35       Break

3:35-4:55       Second Workshop

5:00- 5:30      Closing


Day 2

Sunday, May 19, 2019

“Change the World Through Action”

1:00 to 4:00 pm: Civil Conversations Training Workshop - St. Stephen’s Episcopal School

Staff from Interfaith Philadelphia will offer training to equip workshop participants with the skills to organize Civil Conversations in their congregations, workplaces, and communities. This training will provide community leaders and "bridge people" techniques for grassroots civil conversations that support a thriving religiously diverse democracy.

This workshop typically requires a fee, but is being offered at no cost. However, registration is required. This is a separate registration: https://tithe.ly/event-registration/#/624390

Learn more about Civil Conversations at the Interfaith Philadelphia website: www.daretounderstand.org

This workshop is offered at no cost.

Contact Rev. Dai Morgan for further information.

4:30 pm: Blessing of the Waters Ceremony

Kunkle Plaza (at the intersection of State and Front Streets). This will be an interfaith ceremony acknowledging God’s power of creation and recognizing the ecological importance of water.

5:30 pm: A common meal

Pine Street Presbyterian Church.

Please register separately, includes $20 cost: https://tithe.ly/event-registration/#/612936

6:30 pm: Workshops

The “100 by 50” initiative and training for legislative visits. Special guest will be state Representative Chris Rabb, who will talk about ecological legislation and lead the training. (“100 by 50” refers to the effort to achieve 100 percent renewable energy sources in Pennsylvania by the year 2050.)

All Sunday activities are ecumenical and being shared with other faith traditions. Pre-scheduled activities center around State Street in downtown Harrisburg, with abundant free street parking. Sunday morning worship is on one’s own. Afternoon activities include an art project, musical performances, environmental tours and service opportunities. For further information or to make arrangements for structured activities, please contact Rev. Dai Morgan: daimorgan@comcast.net or 412-580-9016.

A tour of the state Capitol building will be offered. The Pennsylvania Capitol building is one of the most beautiful and impressive capitols in the United States. Indeed, its structure contains abundant artwork and iconography. Because of the Commonwealth’s Quaker roots, the imagery often has religious overtones. The Capitol contains the legislative member offices, the meeting chambers of the General Assembly, the offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, and a Supreme Court courtroom. Every resident of Pennsylvania should see the Capitol building. Contact Rev. Morgan for arrangements.

The Pennsylvania State Museum is one block away from State Street and the state Capitol. A visit to the State Museum would be a worthwhile activity. However, this option would be on one’s own. Admission to the State Museum is $7, with discounts for seniors, children and veterans.

Opportunities and accommodations for youth groups can be arranged.

Day 3

Monday, May 20, 2019

“Change the World Through Your Voice”

Morning legislative visits and participation in a news conference. Those who want to experience a legislative visit should directly contact Dai Morgan (daimorgan@comcast.net or 412-580-9016) by May 8.

Participants in visits to legislators may choose their own issue or join a group supporting an ecological justice issue.

Lunch, on one’s own, can be purchased at the Capitol food court.

Those who would like to participate in the news conference in the Capitol Rotunda are invited to gather at 1:30. The topic of the news conference will be “Caring for our common home: a faithful response to climate change.”

The news conference will formally conclude our faith and politics weekend.