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Colorado Lutheran Day at the Capitol
(Registration is now CLOSED for this year's event)
Date: Thursday, February 17, 2021
Location: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1600 Grant Street, Denver and Colorado State Capitol
Time: In-person 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (online participants: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)
Cost: In-person $20, including breakfast, lunch, and all materials (online participation is free; freewill donations are welcome but not required)
Health & wellness policy: St. Paul Lutheran Church policy requires wearing a mask inside the building when not actively eating or drinking
Full Program Schedule
8:00 a.m. Doors open, breakfast available
8:30 a.m. Program:
- Remarks from Rep. Kerry Tipper, House District 28 and sponsor of Senate Bill 99, Sealing Criminal Records
- Remarks from Bishop Jim Gonia
- Legislative update & Lobbying 101 with Peter Severson, Director of Lutheran Advocacy Ministry Colorado
- Bill briefing on Senate Bill 87, Healthier Meals for All Public School Students, with Ashley Wheeland, Hunger Free Colorado
- Bill briefing on Senate Bill 99, Sealing Criminal Records, with Megan Ives, Interfaith Alliance of Colorado & Clean Slate Coalition
*The program will conclude with preparation for our lobby visits in small groups*
10:30 a.m. Move to Capitol for lobby visits
12:00 p.m. Return to St. Paul, lunch available
12:15 p.m. Debrief lobby visits
1 p.m. Conclude
The online option will include the program from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Materials for online participants:
When can I register?
Registration is open now! Click the link above or right here to register on Tithely. Registration will close on Tuesday, February 15.
I've never been to the Capitol or lobbied a legislator. Should I come?
Yes! We strongly encourage the participation of people who are new to the lobbying process, who have never met a legislator, or who have never even stepped inside the State Capitol.
Is there be an option for virtual participation?
Yes! You are welcome to participate in the morning program from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. Online participants will not be charged a registration fee, but are invited to share a free-will donation if desired.
Will food be served?
In-person participants will be served breakfast and lunch. Please indicate any food allergy needs on your registration.
What about parking?
We know that parking is often a challenge in downtown Denver. We aim to keep our registration fee low to allow people to budget for parking during the morning. There are surface lots near St. Paul Lutheran Church as well as two-hour metered parking on the street. The use of public transportation and carpooling are both highly encouraged!
What happens if local health regulations change?
We understand that these times call for a high degree of flexibility. If local regulations change to such a degree that in-person gathering is not feasible, we will notify registrants as quickly as possible and make alternative arrangements. We will follow the current mask guidance for the City of Denver and the Capitol Building at the time of the event.
What bills will we advocate on?
We will be advocating on Senate Bill 87, Healthy Meals for All Public School Students, and Senate Bill 99, Sealing Criminal Records