"Why Advocate?"---an evening with the Rev. Dr. Jennifer Copeland
Join us for an evening of conversation about the intersection of faith, advocacy, and public policy with the Rev. Dr. Jennifer Copeland, the Executive Director of the North Carolina Council of Churches. Founded in 1935, the ecumenical North Carolina Council of Churches is a leading voice in that state for economic justice and development, human well-being, equality, compassion, and peace. In her four years in this role, Jennifer Copeland has advocated for immigrants, public school teachers, prisoners, farmworkers, and the economically vulnerable. She and her organization have fought for state budget reform, gun control, and a compassionate, public health-oriented approach to the opioid crisis. The Rev. Dr. Copeland is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church and served previously for 16 years as the Methodist Chaplain at Duke University and 10 years as a pastor at churches in Upstate South Carolina. She holds multiple degrees from Duke University, including a PhD, a Master in Divinity, a BA, and a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies. Her visit is being generously sponsored by the St. Lawrence University History and Government Departments, the Chaplain's Office, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Academic Affairs. Copeland will be speaking in the Common Room of Sykes Residence at 7 PM on Monday, February 24th. All are welcome! Please let Matt McCluskey (Coordinator of Academic Engagement; 315-229-5678) know if you have any questions about the event.