Sunday, June 1, 2014

Summer Fellowship Orientation

We are delighted that we will welcome four Summer Fellows tomorrow! Here's a view of their week.

Office of Public Witness
2014 Summer Orientation
Monday, June 2 – Thursday, June 5, 2014
100 Maryland Avenue NW, Ste. 410, Washington, DC

Monday, June 3                OPW Orientation
                                           Leslie Woods, Rep. for Domestic Poverty & 
                                               Environmental Issues, coordinator of Summer
                                               Fellowship program

9:00-9:30am                        Gathering, Coffee, etc.

9:30-10:00am                      Introductions and Ice Breaker

10:00-10:30am                    Our Mission and Ministry
      PC(USA) 101

10:30-11:30am                    Conversation with OPW Staff J. Herbert Nelson,         
                                            Catherine Gordon, and Leslie Woods
                                            Social Witness Policy and how we work in community

11:30am-11:40am                Break

11:40am-12:10pm               Office Tour (copier, phone, kitchen, mail, etc.)

12:10-12:30pm                    Administrative matters and Office Paperwork
                                                Employment Forms
                                                Learning Contract
                                                Weekly Report
                                                How to Access Your Email

12:30-1:30pm                      Lunch (Senate Cafeteria)

1:30-5:00pm                        Capitol Hill Scavenger Hunt
      There is no need to return to the office after
      you’ve completed your tasks. Have fun!

PC(USA) Summer Fellowship
Briefing Days Agenda: June 3-5, 2014

Tuesday, June 3                Briefing Day 1

9:00-10:00am                      Environmental Issues
                                            Tricia Bruckbauer, Eco-Justice Fellow, 
                                            Creation Justice Ministries

10:00-11:00am                    Federal Budget 101
                                            Amelia Kegan, Policy Analyst, Bread for the World

11:00-11:15am                    Break

11:15am-12:15pm               Hunger and Nutrition Policy (Domestic)
                                            Christine Ashley, Policy Analyst, Bread for the World

12:15-1:30pm                      Lunch

1:30-2:30pm                        Worker Justice
                                            Thom Shellabarger, Interfaith Worker Justice

2:30-3:30pm                        Global drone warfare and the law that allows it
                                            Elizabeth Beavers, Legislative Associate
                                            Militarism & Civil Liberties
      Friends Committee on National Legislation

3:30-3:45pm                        Break

3:45-4:45pm                        Social Media as an Advocacy Tool, Best Practices
                                            Jessie Palatucci, Online Communications Specialist,
      United Church of Christ

Wednesday, June 4            Briefing Day 2

9:00-9:30am                        Gathering and Debrief

9:30-10:30am                      Immigration and Refugee Policies
                                            Jen Smyers, Associate Director
                                            Immigration & Refugee Policy
      Church World Service

10:30-11:30am                    Middle East Peace (Israel/Palestine)
                                            Catherine Gordon, Rep. for International Issues
      Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness

11:30-12:30pm                    Lunch (please bring your lunch)
                                            Note: UM Building Chapel downstairs 12:10-12:40

12:30-1:30pm                      Criminal Justice Reform and Mass Incarceration
      Bill Mefford and Kara Gotsch
      General Board of Church and Society
      United Methodist Church

1:30-2:30pm                        Cuba
                                            Emily Chow, Program Associate
                                            Latin America Working Group

2:30-2:45pm                        Break

2:45-3:45pm                        Addressing Global Poverty through Foreign Aid 
                                                and Food Aid Reform
                                            Marty Shupack, Advocacy Director
                                            Church World Service

3:45-4:45pm                        Campaign Finance and other Political Reforms
                                            Jason Miller, Director of Campaigns and Development
      Franciscan Action Network

Thursday, June 5               Briefing Day 3

9:00am                                 Start of the Work Day

9:30-11:00am                      Why and How the Church does Public Witness
                                            J. Herbert Nelson, Director for Public Witness,
      Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness

11:00-11:15am                    Break

11:15am-12:00pm               How a Bill Becomes a Law: Legislative Process
                                            Leslie Woods, Rep. for Domestic Poverty &  Environmental Issues
                                            Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness

Have a Great Summer!