Free Advocacy Training this Saturday: Speaking our Faith in New Hampshire and Maine


At the root of the word advocacy is ‘vocare,’ meaning to call, or speak. In our advocacy as Episcopalians, we are calling out the challenges and we are speaking on behalf of those who have no voice.

This training will encourage partnership among our communities and parishes, with one another, and between our Church and a wounded society.  Join us as we learn to be stronger advocates, grounded in our faith. This training is co-hosted by the Episcopal Dioceses in New Hampshire and Maine.


Saturday, December 3

9:30 am – 2:30 pm

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Dover, NH

5 Hale Street, Dover, NH


9:30 - 10 am

Registration and Coffee 

10 am - 11 am

Advocacy 101 workshop

This interactive session will focus how to frame a message and narrative to demonstrate our values and how to taking action rooted in Christian practices both as individuals and as congregations. Speakers: John Hennessy, Director, Maine Episcopal Network for Justice and Laura Simoes, Missioner for Community Engagement, Episcopal Church of NH.  

11 am - 12 pm

Theological Framework Panel Discussion 

Why should Christians engage in the public sphere? What are the Biblical and theological imperatives that motivate us for such engagement? What unique compelling message do people of faith bring to the table? How do we choose the issues we advocate for? Panelists: The Rt. Rev Rob Hirschfeld, Bishop, Episcopal Church of NH and The Rev. Calvin Sanborn, Rector, St. George’s Episcopal Church, York Harbor, Maine. Moderator: Heidi Schott, Canon for Communications and Advocacy, Episcopal Diocese of Maine.

12 pm - 12:45 pm

Lunch and Networking

12:45 - 2 pm

Overview of the New Hampshire and Maine political landscapes 

Participants divided by state for this conversation about the local landscape, which advocacy topics will be hot in the upcoming legislative session, and how you can speak your faith in the advocacy process. New Hampshire Speaker: Sarah Mattson Dustin, Policy Director, NH Legal Assistance. Maine Speaker: Joby Thoyalil, Policy Analyst, Maine Equal Justice Partners

 2 pm - 2:15 pm, Closing Prayer and Dismissal

To register, email Lynn Eaton at, or call 603-224-1914.