Interfaith Advocacy Day (Olympia)

Registration for Interfaith Advocacy Day (IFAD) is now live! This year, on Thursday, February 4, 2016 in Olympia, FAN advocates will bring to our elected leaders the voice of compassion and justice. We partner for the common good with people of all faiths who stand up boldly to challenge the powerful. Your meeting with legislators and/or their staff on this day is the most important thing our faith advocates can do.

On Interfaith Advocacy Day, you will be able to:

  • Join workshops that will break down the issues on FAN’s 2016 legislative agenda
  • ​Learn current best practices on how to advocate in today’s legislature
  • Learn how to prepare for briefings and hearings
  • Meet with your legislator! Once you register, FAN will set up an appointment for you and others from your district
  • Lunch will be provided

Don’t wait to register! Registration is $15 when paid in advance, $20 on the day of the event; contact us if you need a scholarship. We will gather for programming, starting at 9 AM, at the United Churches of Olympia, 110 11th Avenue SE, Olympia, WA 98501.

Contact our offices with questions: (206) 625-9790 or


Eastern Washington Legislative Conference (Spokane): Our Responsibility for the Common Good

January 30, 2016 from 9 AM to 3 PM. For information, call 509-535-1813 or email  Fliers are available at

RSVP by Jan. 20 for $20 or pay $25 at the door.  Includes a light lunch.


Yakima Interfaith Advocacy Day: Moving Forward Together

February 6, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 3 PM, Mt. Hope Baptist Church, 615 S 3rd St, Yakima. This event is free and includes lunch. Translation will also be provided. For more information, call us at (206) 625-9790 or email


Our 2015 IFAD dates were:

Pullman: Saturday, January 24 at Community Congregational United Church of Christ from 9:30 AM to 3 PM

Spokane: Saturday, January 31 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church from 9 AM to 3 PM

Yakima: Saturday, February 7 at Unitarian Universalist Church of Yakima from 9 AM to 2 PM

Olympia: Thursday, February 19 at The United Churches of Olympia from 9 AM to 3 PM

Download Save the Date flyer for all events


Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015

Time: 9:30 AM to 3 PM

Theme: Faith Communities Advocating for Justice

Details: This Whitman County Legislative Conference will feature speakers and discussion on issues before the Washington State Legislature. These include the environment, death penalty, state budget, housing, poverty, and education. Conference leaders are the Rev. Paul Benz of Faith Action Network and Scott Cooper of Catholic Charities Parish Social Ministries. Jeff Tietjen of Community Action Center and others will talk about local opportunities.

Location: Community Congregational United Church of Christ (525 Northeast Campus Street, Pullman, WA 99163)


Spokane Interfaith Advocacy Day Information

Date: Saturday, January 31, 2015

Time: 9 AM to 3 PM

Theme: Raising Prophetic Voices: Faith Communities Advocate for Justice


  • 9:00 AM – Register
  • 9:20 AM – Welcome and Invocation, Dale Cockrum and Matt Wynne
  • 9:30 AM – Keynote: Mike Denton theological reflections on theme
  • 10:10 AM – Break
  • 10:20 AM – Workshops
  • 11:05 AM – Break
  • 11:15 AM – Workshops
  • 12:00 PM – Lunch
  • 12:45 PM – Plenary
  • 1:45 PM – Break
  • 2:00 PM – Keynote: Roberta Wilburn – K-12 proposal, education issues, re-entry & opportunity gap, more staff in schools for mental health, more faculty of color, school to prison pipeline
  • 2:40 PM – Closing reflections on theme and prayer/song – Dale Cockrum
  • 3:00 PM – End

Details: Workshops and Discussion on issues before the Washington State Legislature and more: Coal and Oil Transport, Columbia River Treaty Wealth Inequality, Interreligious Reconciliation in Iraq Criminal Justice and Police Accountability. Legislative Briefing on wage theft, minimum wage hunger, poverty, mental health, TANF, education human trafficking, ban the box, gun violence housing, toxic-free kids, climate change and more.

Keynote Speakers: Mike Denton and Roberta Wilburn

Location: St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (316 East 24th Avenue, Spokane, WA 99203)


Yakima Interfaith Advocacy Day Information

Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015

Time: 9 AM to 2 PM

Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Yakima, Downstairs Fellowship Hall (225 North 2nd Street, Yakima, WA 98901)


Olympia Interfaith Advocacy Day Information

Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015

Theme: Act on the Dream: Invest in the Common Good

Tentative Agenda:

  • 8:00 AM – Check-in and Registration
  • 9:00 AM – Welcome & Interfaith Blessing of the Day
  • 9:35 AM – Caucus by Legislative District
  • 10:15 to 10:45 AM – Workshop Session 1
  • 10:50 to 11:20 AM – Workshop Session 2
  • 11:30 AM – Guest Speaker Senator Sharon Nelson
  • Noon – Lunch
  • 1:00 to 2:20 PM – Guest Speakers
  • 2:20 to 3 PM – Debrief and Next Steps

Location: The United Churches of Olympia (110 11th Avenue Southeast, Olympia, WA 98501)


You can read about past Interfaith Advocacy Day highlights below:

2014 – “Dismantling the Culture of Violence”
2013 – “Do No Harm: Invest in People!”
2012 – “Uniting Hearts and Minds: Raising Revenue for the Common Good”