Proposed Itinerary for 2012-2013 Trip
The following itinerary will give a good introduction to what this week is all about:
June 11, Tuesday – Students fly into Washington, D.C., Dulles airport. All arrive between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. E.S.T. Stay at 2012 Participants at Senator hotel near airport. Udall's Office
June 12, Wednesday – leave hotel by 8:15 a.m. , arrive Montpelier 10:00 a.m. specially guided tour of James Madison’s home, with lectures, etc., to learn the Enlightenment influences on our constitution and religious freedom. Depart Dulles. 1 hour, 45 minutes travel time.
Leave Montpelier: 2:30 p.m. – Drive 126 miles to Williamsburg, 2 ½ hours. Arrive about 5 p.m.
Dinner in Williamsburg. After dinner, walk through Colonial Williamsburg.
At Montpelier, Alan Reinach will lecture on the religious liberty issues in colonial America that led to the Virginia struggle, the story of Jefferson’s Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom, and the role James Madison played in writing his Memorial and Remonstrance. We will also note the significance that Madison’s Memorial has played in the development of constitutional law.
June 13, Thursday - Colonial Williamsburg – Guided tour of the capitol where Jefferson’s Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom was first introduced, and enacted. Lectures will develop the social, political and religious structures that gave rise to our Constitution, and the dis establishment of religion in Virginia.
Alan Reinach will lecture on the religious background of the colonies, and the theological issues that contributed to the development of religious freedom.
7:00 p.m. In the evening, the students will begin to prepare for the Sabbath school presentation at church, and the devotional at the General Conference.
June 14, Friday – Leave Colonial Williamsburg at 7:30 a.m. Drive to Washington, D.C. to Methodist office building. 3 hour drive.
Supreme Court Day – The two branches of government most influential in the development of religious freedom in the U.S. are the Supreme Court and Congress. Today, we will explore the role of the Supreme Court.
10:30 a.m. – arrive at Supreme Court. Tour Supreme Court, have lunch in dining room.
2:00 p.m. Visit the Baptist Joint Committee, and meet with J. Brent Walker, Esq., Learn about the work of advocating for separation of church and state in the courts and Congress.
3:30 p.m. Cross the street to the American Center for Law and Justice. Learn about the religious right agenda, and the issues they care about.
Today, the students will see first hand what advocacy on religious public policy issues is all about, from both sides of the political and religious spectrum. They will learn a great deal about the issues, as well as seeing the polarization we have been discussing.
5:00 p.m. Dinner at Union Station
7:00 p.m. Driving tour of monuments
8:00 p.m. Arrive at hotel
8:30 p.m. Sundown worship and final preparation of Sabbath School Program.
June 15, Sabbath –Students present program for Sabbath School. Alan Reinach to preach for church. After church, free time to tour monuments and museums in the city, followed by dinner in Georgetown after Sabbath.
June 16, Sunday - Harpers Ferry / Antietem
This day will be spent exploring themes of polarization that led to the Civil War. We will visit two historic sites, little more than an hour from the hotel. Local guides will help the students understand the significance of these events, and we will discuss the issues that divided North and South, including the fact that each side read the same Bible to justify their position.
7:30 p.m. Divide into groups to prepare a presentation on an issue. Evening study time.
June 17, Monday – General Conference Day
7:15 a.m. leave hotel to drive to General Conference.
8:00 a.m. present worship at General Conference
9:00 a.m. Tour General Conference
10:00 a.m. Meet with General Conference Director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty, Dr. John Graz. Learn about the international scope of our ministry. Meet other church leaders, and gain a perspective on the church’s broad interest in religious freedom.
11:30 a.m. Luncheon sponsored by Liberty Magazine.
2:00 p.m. Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Hear the most liberal group espouse their views on church state separation.
4:00 p.m. Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Meet with leaders from a conservative group about their interests, and especially their work on international issues and land use issues.
7:00 p.m. Student groups continue working on their presentations.
June 18, Tuesday - Congress
9:00 a.m. Meet with key lobbyists who advocate for religious freedom in Congress, including Duane Leslie, the Adventist representative, and Richard Foltin, American Jewish Committee.
10:30 a.m. Meet with Barry Black, U.S.Senate Chaplain. This was the highlight of last year’s program.
11:30 a.m. Tour of the U.S. Capitol.
12:30 p.m. Lunch break
2:00 p.m. Visits to Congressional offices, followed by visit to House or Senate galleries to view Congress in session.
7:00 p.m. Students will present their topics in groups.
June 19, Wednesday – When Liberty Dies!
The Bible presents a picture of gross darkness before the dawning of the Second Coming. Our youth need to get a better picture of what that darkness looks and feels like. We have a mission to accomplish before that time comes.
9:00 a.m. Leave hotel to drive into city
10:00 a.m. Visit the Holocaust Museum
12:30 p.m. Lunch break
1:30 p.m. Drive to Dulles airport
2:30 p.m. Arrive at Dulles airport. Flights to be scheduled between 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.