Office of Government Relations

Being an advocate does not always involve drastic measures. Every day, we have the chance to stand up and speak when we see the need. Advocates have the opportunity to speak to their elected representatives, friends, family, and congregations about important issues. The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations cannot advocate for important issues alone. It needs individuals and congregations to write to their representatives, ask for support on social justice issues, and make their voices heard. Working together, we can send a strong message to Congress. Become a member of the Episcopal Public Policy Network today and join committed Episcopalians working for a better world.

Articles

March 23, 2010

President Barack Obama signed the health-insurance overhaul bill, extending coverage to some 30 million uninsured people, into law March 23 during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. "After a century of trying, today after...

February 20, 2010

Dear Cosponsors of Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (H.R. 4321), As organizations committed to ensuring that refugees and asylum seekers are treated fairly and humanely as they seek safe...

February 8, 2010

The Honorable Barack Obama President of the United States 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear Mr. President: As community, religious, and faith-based organizations dedicated to serving and advocating on behalf of...

January 26, 2010

President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20500 Secretary Janet Napolitano U.S. Department of Homeland Security Washington, D.C. 20528 Dear President Obama and Secretary Napolitano: As...

January 26, 2010

The Honorable Timothy Geithner Secretary of the Treasury Dear Mr. Secretary: We are grateful for the US government’s efforts to date to mobilize emergency assistance for disaster relief in Haiti. We are writing today to bring to your...

January 22, 2010

President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President: As senior leaders of major communities of faith, we express our appreciation for the strong leadership you demonstrated at the...

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A pastoral letter, from the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, on federal policy in public education, dated May 18, 2010.

The ONE Campaign is an effort by Americans to rally Americans --€“ one by one --€“ to fight the emergency of global AIDS and extreme poverty. ONE is students and ministers, punk rockers and NASCAR moms, Americans of all beliefs and every walk of life, united to help make poverty history.

How many times have you read an article in the paper or watched a news story and wished there was something you could do? With the Episcopal Public Policy Network, you can. Senators and Representatives care about what you, their constituent, think about a particular issue. Whether you feel passionately about environmental protection, HIV/AIDS funding, or education, you can make your voice heard on Capitol Hill.

Opponents of illegal immigration are fond of telling foreigners to “get in line” before coming to work in America. But what does that line actually look like, and how many years (or decades) does it take to get through? Try it yourself! (from Reason Magazine, October 2008)

Videos

Presiding bishop speaks during Capitol Hill press conference

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori spoke during a press conference on comprehensive immigration reform Oct. 8 on Capitol Hill, organized as part of the Church World Service Summit on Immigration, Oct. 7-8.

House of Deputies president speaks at immigration reform prayer service

House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings offered the benediction at the close of an Oct. 8 prayer service in Washington, D.C., as part of the Church World Service Summit on Immigration.

Presiding bishop speaks at immigration reform prayer service

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori offered a time of prayer and remembrance for the impacted loved ones of immigrants during an Oct. 8 prayer service in Washington, D.C.

A Conversation on Human Trafficking, March 2013

Held in March 2013 at the Episcopal Church Center, a conversation was started about how the Episcopal Church is working to combat human trafficking. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori led the conversation.