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Advocacy Day 2024

Did you know that 1 in 5 adults in Michigan experience mental illness each year? It's time to take action and advocate for better mental health care access! Join fellow United Methodists in Michigan in making a difference for those in need. Let's work together to improve access to care and support for all. Download the Mental Health in Michigan Fact Sheet.  

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To learn more

Questions?  Contact the Advocacy Day team at [email protected]

Advocacy Day Activities Include:

  • Advocacy Activities Include:
    • Meetings with legislators
    • Poster making for press conference
    • Letter writing 
    • Prayer in the rotunda
    • Prayer in the sanctuary
    • Public witness on the Capitol lawn (art display and resource table)
    • Introductions in the House and Senate chambers

Important Dates

All times Eastern Standard Time

January 25, 7:00 PM - Advocacy 101: Let's Talk about Power & Plans. Click on the video below to watch

February 15 - 12:15 PM Lunch and Learn: Advocacy Day 2024 via the Michigan Conference's Facebook page. Watch here.

February 20, 7:00 PM, Training #1, 'A Roadmap' with Tori Booker, Advocacy and Outreach Manager for Immigration Law and Justice Michigan. Watch here.

February 25 - Last day to register for lunch and legislator meetings.

February 26, 7:00 PM, Training #2, 'Insights' with State Representative Julie Rogers, Chair of House Health Policy Committee; and State Representative Felicia Brabec, Chair of the Health Policy Subcommittee on Behavioral Chair.  Watch here.

March 11, Open Office Hours for Advocacy Day Related Questions 
- With Alice Fleming Townley, noon-2:00pm
- With Michelle King, 6:00-8:00pm

March 13 - 9:00 AM Advocacy Day!

March 20, 7:00 PM, Debrief

*For all Advocacy Day trainings, debrief, and related meetings a Zoom link will be sent when you register for Advocacy Day.


The 2024 Advocacy Day at the Michigan State Capitol will be held on Wednesday, March 13. Last year, 350 United Methodists and friends from across Michigan spent the day advocating with their state legislators, and this year, we hope to grow that participation.  Our focus in 2024 is assuring that all persons have access to affordable mental health care and to reduce the stigma of mental health that impacts every family in Michigan.


This event is for anyone who cares about mental health care in Michigan.  In other words, everyone!


Wednesday, March 13, 2024

*All times Eastern Standard Time

7:30 AM Registration and refreshments
8:30 AM Welcome
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Advocacy Activites
10:30 AM Introductions in the Senate Chamber
11:30 AM Press Conference
12:15 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Worship
Official events conclude after worship. Capitol tours are optional at 2:30 PM and 3:00 PM. Sign-up is included in the registration form.


This year's Advocacy Day is being offered on a sliding scale.  A fee of $30 per person is recommended, and includes refreshments, lunch and materials.  Additional funds will be used for future Advocacy Days.


Central United Methodist, 215 N. Capital Ave., Lansing, MI 48933

Semicolon Butterfly; What you need to know.

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Semicolons have become an important symbol for those struggling with mental health issues. The semicolon is used when an author could have ended a sentence but chose not to. In this analogy, those struggling with mental health are the authors; the sentence is their lives, and the semicolon represents a decision to say, "My story isn't over yet," and continue living.

For centuries, butterflies have symbolized transformation, rebirth, and growth. Combining these symbols, the semicolon butterfly has become a powerful image representing strength, perseverance, and hope for people who have experienced mental illness and their loved ones.

Your creativity is needed!

On Advocacy Day, 421 semicolon butterflies will be displayed on the Capitol lawn, each representing 1,000 Michiganders in 2020 who did not receive the mental health treatment they needed. Each elected official will receive a semicolon butterfly along with letters and a FAQ detailing specific asks.

Your help is needed in making these 600 butterflies. Be as creative as you want; we welcome all craft mediums! Most of these will be hung outside on a string, so please make them weather-resistant (i.e., laminate paper butterflies). Here are some examples to give you ideas: Semicolon butterfly coloring page, construction paper butterfly, sew a butterfly, knit a butterfly, crochet a butterfly  The possibilities are endless! Supplies you might consider using include: pipe cleaners, felt, fabric, paper plates, construction paper, yarn, cardboard, recycled material, clothespins, and more! Remember: They need to be able to be hung on a string outside! 

The mailing address for butterflies and letters sent in advance is: Central UMC, 215 North Capital Ave, Lansing, MI  48933.  Please mark them "Attn: UM Advocacy Day".


Sharing your important voice; What you need to know.

KeyboardWe have valuable voices. Sharing our reason, experience and faith with law makers can impact policy and encourage action.  Send messages by mail, email, or phone call.  The latter two can be timelier.  If you are planning to visit them on Advocacy Day, March 13, let them know you are coming.  If they offer you an appointment, be sure to let us know for coordinating purposes at [email protected].
  • Find your state representative on this web page. Find your state senator on this web page. You’ll obtain their contact information, including addresses and phone numbers. Write to each separately.
  • Consider hosting a letter-writing party or opportunities.
  • Consider writing and/or collecting the letters during worship and including them in the prayer of dedication.
  • If calling a legislator's office, talking to a staff member can also be helpful.
  • This article from Michigan State University has helpful guidelines.

Last Updated on February 28, 2024

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