The Policy team offers educational workshops to help community leaders and advocates better understand our key issues, the state legislative process, and how to be an effective advocate. Legislators at local, state, and national levels of government listen to their constituents—they want, and need, to hear your perspective.

 Illinois Advocacy 101

Date and Location TBD

What is faith-rooted advocacy and how do you do it? Your voice is vitally important. Learn how to be an effective social change advocate, how a bill becomes a law in Illinois, and how to run productive legislative meetings.

Presented by Lindsey Hammond, Associate Director of State Policy,

Chicago Advocacy 101

Date and Location TBD

What do your City elected officials make decisions on, how does public policy impact you, and why should you care as a person of faith? This workshop will help you develop a foundational understanding of how public policy is made in Chicago and how the City’s politics impact the process.  Learn how to effectively engage with elected officials about ordinances, resolutions, orders, etc.  Find out about advocacy campaigns and how to participate in local government.

Presented by Luis Carrizales, Associate Director of City and County Policy,

Justifying Justice in the Church 

Date and Location TBD

“How is social justice compatible with the Holy Scriptures?” “How do we begin talking about justice in our congregation?”  These questions, and many others, often surface in the life of congregations. Whether small or large; urban, suburban, or rural; whatever racial or ethnic demographic most represented in the congregation, the question of why churches should engage in the work of justice is challenging to answer. Through an intense reflection and study of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Holy Trinity, and the Kingdom of God, ”Justifying Justice in the Church” aims to provide churches with a Scripturally-informed, theological foundation for understanding how justice work is critical to Christian life. Learn more >

Presented by Rev. Saeed Richardson, Director of Policy,

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