Interfaith Advocacy Day

Interfaith Advocacy Day (IFAD) brings 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.

SAVE THE DATE for our 2016 Advocacy Days!
Interfaith Advocacy Day: February 4, 2016, in Olympia
Spokane Legislative Conference: January 30, 2016, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Spokane

Following is information about the 2015 Advocacy Days we held across the state.

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

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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)


  • By Email:
  • By Phone: (509) 334-3322
  • Please RSVP by January 21 so as to help the organizers make arrangements for providing lunch. There is no cost for this conference.


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)


  • There is a suggested donation of $20
  • By Phone: 509- 535-4112
  • By Email:
  • By Mail: To the Fig Tree
    • 1323 S. Perry St. Spokane, WA 99202

More Information

  • Malcolm Haworth – The Fig Tree – (509) 535-1813
  • Scott Cooper – Catholic Charities Parish Social Ministries – (509) 358-4273
  • The Rev. Paul Benz – Faith Action Network (206) 625-9790


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)


  • Register Now!
  • $15 paid in advance by February 15
  • $20 pay at the door
  • FAN will provide lunch, prepare the materials you need, and set up the meetings with your legislators prior to your arrival. Your registration fee helps to cover some of the cost of renting our meeting space, catering, and materials. Contact us at if you need a scholarship.


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”