You can now buy your tickets, or reserve a sponsorship, for the Virginia Interfaith Center’s Annual Meeting and Awards Celebration. VICPP’s big event will be held Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Robinson Theater Community Arts Center, located at 2903 Q Street in the Church Hill neighborhood of Richmond.

This will again be an important year-end event for VICPP supporters, with great food, speakers and a time for honoring people and groups who have represented social justice work across the Commonwealth during 2017.

The Rev. Dr. John Kinney, senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Beaver Dam and recently retired Dean of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, will be the keynote speaker.

The event on Dec. 7 will also be an important fundraiser for the organization, with a Silent Auction and tickets and sponsorship options available. New this year will be an “after party” with music and dancing!

SIGN UP, TOO, FOR THE WITNESS AT THE CAPITOL PROGRAM

Speaking of online registration, you can also sign up for the Center’s “Witness at the Capitol” program! This program was started last year and will be expanded during the 2018 General Assembly session, from mid-January to mid-March.

The Witness at the Capitol team is comprised of volunteers who serve as faithful citizen advocates on the VICPP priority issues during the legislative session. Volunteers should commit for at least three days during one week of the session. There is usually a strategy call on Mondays, with presence at the Capitol and the Pocahontas office building Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Volunteers should be active in the faith community and comfortable talking about the faith dimensions of the issues. Witnesses will:

  • Attend and report on committee and subcommittee meetings.

  • Meet with legislators and their staff.

  • Communicate the legislators’ position to VICPP members.

  • Draft background pieces and alerts for engaging the membership in the issues.

  • Testify on behalf of issues VICPP is supporting.

Retired clergy, deacons, and lay persons are sought. If you are interested but have questions, contact Kim Bobo at Kim@virginiainterfaithcenter.org.