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United Methodist Day at the General Assembly 2022

January 27

In the Virginia Conference we have been change makers in our great Commonwealth for 30 years. While we were excited to be back in person in Richmond for United Methodist Day at the General Assembly on January 27, 2022, we recognize the necessity of meeting again virtually.  We will still arrange visits with our Delegates and Senators to discuss issues that are relevant to our faith with direction from our friends and partners at Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP). One of the ways we put our faith in action is by advocating for the least, the last, and the lost at the General Assembly and this year we will spend time reflecting and celebrating all the ways our advocacy has changed the political landscape in our Commonwealth for the better. We hope that you will come and join us virtually in Richmond as we continue our legacy as change makers here in our Commonwealth.

2022 Follow-up Videos

FAQs about UM Day at General Assembly

If I’ve already registered do I need to re-register for UM Day now that it’s virtual?
No, if you have already registered you will not need to re-register. You will Geta small refunds because the cost of the virtual conference is less than in person.

What if I don’t want to attend now that it is virtual?
If you no longer want to attend first, we will miss you! Second, you can contact Becky Tate at the conference office and she will work with you to start your refund process and cancel your registration/

How will I meet with my State Senator?
Jeanette Yoh, part of our Conference Legislative Network Team, is working tirelessly to put together groups to meet virtually with your State Senator. If your State Senator is taking meetings you will be placed into a virtual meeting group with other constituents from your area. Sometimes, you won’t meet directly with the State Senator but with one of their aids. Either way these meetings are an important way to advocate for our priorities this year.

What are our priorities?
This year our priorities, what we will be advocating for in our meetings and beyond, have been set by VICPP. You can read more about those here.

As a clergy person can I get a C.E.U. for this event? 
Yes! You can get a .5 C.E.U. for attending this event. You will need to attend Session 1, Session 2, and participate in a legislative session. Following the even you will need to fill out this form. Be sure to look over the form prior to the event so you are prepared to fill it our properly afterwards. (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSev2asd5hOFA851zMYNrt5-YOjcWopwP89ij6yorXcnxVGirQ/viewform

What is the schedule for the day? 

Our day begins at 9:00 a.m. and will run until 12:30 p.m. We will have two sessions with a short break in-between. Check out the schedule below and if you have any questions please email Heather Wray (heatherwray@vaumc.org

9 a.m.Introduction and Welcome 
9:10 a.mKeynote Speaker Jay Speer, Executive Director, Virginia Poverty Law Center
Mr. Speer will be sharing about his background as a United Methodist, his call to advocacy and his work with affordable housing. There will be a brief Q&A following his presentation.
9:40 a.m. Panel Discussion from District Superintendents and our Conference Lay Leader on “Why we as United Methodist are called to Advocacy!”
Join DS Victor Gomez, DS Doug Forrester, DS Sara Calvert, and Conference Lay Leader Martha Stokes as they share our unique call and history as United Methodists to advocacy and how they have each worked to incorporate that in their faith walk.
10:05 a.m.Kim Bobo, Executive Director, Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP)
Executive Director of VICPP Kim Bobo is back again to share VICPP’s priorities for 2022. These priorities are specific bills that we will be advocating for later in the day at our meetings with our legislators. The four main areas of focus are Economic
Justice/Worker Justice, Criminal Justice Reform, Poverty and Racial Equity, and Health Equity. You can prepare for this presentation by reading more about their priorities here. (https://www.virginiainterfaithcenter.org/general-assembly/2022-session/)
10:25Break
11:30Overview of Meeting with Legislators
This overview will prepare you to meet with your legislators. Legislative visits will occur on another day. If 3 or more people who are attending the event also have the same legislative representative as you we have scheduled a visit with their office if possible. If there are not you may schedule a visit with your representative to discuss the policies that you are passionate about.
11:40Regional breakout meetings with Guides facilitating and DSs supporting
Go more in-depth with your regional breakout group about what policies you might advocate for and issues that impact your region
12:00Report back and Questions
12:15Worship

Helpful Resources

Virginia General Assembly Home Page Click here
Guide on how to use the Virginia General Assembly Website, how to participate in various committee meetings, track legislation, and view Sessions of the Senate and House. Click here

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