Date, theme, and location of Day on the Hill 2019 to be announced. Stay tuned!
See below for details from Day on the Hill 2018.
8:15–10:15 a.m. Registration
8–10 a.m. Buses from Sears parking lot to Central Presbyterian
8:30 a.m. Optional Session
9:30 a.m. Welcome, Opening Prayer
9:45 a.m. Keynote Address
10:15 a.m. JRLC Report and Issue Briefings
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Buses from Central Presbyterian to State Capitol
11 a.m. District Table Strategies and Lunch – refer to folders for exact location
11:45 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Meetings with Legislators
1:15 p.m. Rotunda Gathering, Social Justice Awards and Closing Actions
1:30–3:00 p.m. Buses from State Capitol to Central Presbyterian and Sears
8:30 a.m. Daily Mass with Bishop Cozzens*
8:30 a.m. What to Expect at Day on the Hill (recommended for first time attendees)
8:30 a.m. JRLC’s Faith Traditions: an introduction
8:30 a.m. Housing and Homelessness: a brief overview
*Mass with Bishop Cozzens will take place next door to Central Presbyterian at The Church of St. Louis, King of France.
Rabbi David Locketz is the Senior Rabbi of Bet Shalom Congregation in Minnetonka where his lives with his wife and two daughters.
Since being ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute for Religion in 2004, he has served on the board of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), has been a past president of the Minnesota Rabbinical Association (MRA) and currently sits on the board of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS). He acts as a Police Chaplain for the Minnetonka Police Department and serves alongside his congregation in hunger relief efforts, settling refugees, and increasing affordable housing in MN.
For Rabbi Locketz, religion has no higher purpose than to guide us toward making the world a better place. In his own words, “Our faith and our rituals and our understanding of holiness in the world is what grounds us in the dif cult work of social justice. We may come from different towns and different religious beliefs, but we want the same things for our families...for our communities. For ourselves. We want life. As it is written in scripture, ‘And God said therefore choose life.’”
The famous Jewish religious leader, Rabbi Hillel, once asked, “If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?” At JRLC’s Day on the Hill 2018, hundreds of people of faith will gather to ask themselves, their communities, and their representatives: If we do not work towards social justice now, when?
Join faithful advocates from across the state on March 13, 2018 to reflect on why we make our voices heard, to plan for continued actions in our home communities, and to speak with representatives at the State Capitol.