Methodist advocacy tradition to focus on children

It’s called Florida Advocacy Days – FAD for short – but it’s become much more than a passing thought.

Every year, a contingent of children's advocates from the Florida Conference and the Florida African Methodist Episcopal Church treks to Tallahassee to remind state lawmakers that some of their youngest constituents need their attention. 

Florida Advocacy Days 2014

When: Sunday to Tuesday, April 6-8
Where: Meet at Trinity UMC, Tallahassee
Cost: $80 registration fee plus lodging
Deadline to register: Wednesday, April 2
Contact: or click here.

Twitter hashtag #childrensweek

This year, about 70 people have signed up to learn about key issues facing children and families in Florida and press lawmakers for legislation that will make life better for those in need.

There’s still time to sign up. Registrations are due Wednesday, April 2, for the event that begins Sunday evening, April 6, at Trinity UMC, Tallahassee, and continues through Tuesday, April 8. The event coincides with Children’s Week in the state’s capital, a time when advocates from a variety of nonprofit organizations come together to focus on hunger, poverty, education and other issues that affect children.

Participants in Florida Advocacy Days are being asked to “tweet” about their experience using the Children’s Week Twitter hashtag #childrensweek. Others with Twitter accounts who can’t make the trip can keep up with the action by checking the hashtag.

Each year, United Methodists team up with Florida Impact, the nonprofit partner of the Florida Conference, to identify key issues and prepare talking points. This year, the three issues are human trafficking, health care for immigrant children with legal status and expansion of Medicaid benefits for the working poor.

For information, contact Pam Garrison in the Missional Engagement office of the Florida Conference at

-- Susan Green is the managing editor of Florida Conference Connection.

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