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July 21, 2020

About us Office of Government Relations Mission The Office of Government Relations (OGR) represents the policy priorities of The Episcopal Church to the U.S. government in Washington, D.C. and helps to shape the discussion of political issues throughout the Church. OGR aims to influence policy and legislation on critical issues, highlighting the voices and experiences […]


Episcopal Church statement on Texas Gov. Abbott’s decision to reject refugee resettlement

January 11, 2020

The Episcopal Church condemns Gov. Abbott’s decision to reject refugee resettlement in 2020. Texas has long served as a strong partner in the work of welcoming some of the most vulnerable individuals in the world to peace, safety, and a bright future. Texas Episcopalians have also given generously of their time, talents, and treasure to […]

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Meet the 2019-2020 UTO Intern: Isabelle Watkins

June 17, 2019

The UTO Board gratefully and joyfully welcomes Isabelle Watkins as the fourth UTO intern. We have learned from each of the young women who have joined us as interns, and we anticipate the exchange of learning and mentoring with Isabelle. Sherri Dietrich, UTO Board president, shared: “She will bring the energy and enthusiasm of youth […]


Exploring Ecumenical Advocacy: Sisterhood of Suffering, Sisterhood of Joy

April 10, 2019

The following was written during the United Nations 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, and the language has been preserved to reflect the time of authoring. This first week of the 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women was, for me, a time of remembering and […]



February 8, 2019

1. EPISCOPAL ASIAMERICA MISSIONER’S OFFICE:  The mission of Asiamerica Ministries Office is three-fold: To enable, equip and empower ministries among Asian immigrants and Asian-Americans and help build bridges to Asia and beyond. This involves partnership with dioceses in evangelism, church planting, revival and congregational development. Asiamerica Ministries have seven ethnic convocations: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, […]


When Rape is a War Game: Sexual Violence and Women's Wounds

November 30, 2018

The days between November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and December 10th, Human Rights Day, mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. “Civil Unrest,” “Violent Conflict” or “Internally Displaced People,” are terms we hear often without fully grasping their impact on human well-being. Unfortunately, civil unrest […]


Get to Know OGR Week 1: The Basics

October 25, 2018

In case you missed it, here is a review of week 1 of our campaign to Get to Know the Office of Government Relations! How well do you know the Office of Government Relations and The Episcopal Public Policy Network? We’re kicking off a 5-week campaign to Get to Know OGR, beginning with this welcome video […]


Searching for Home: North American (Im)migration and the Reign of God

April 23, 2018

It may have something to do with the peripatetic nature of the ministry I’ve engaged in the last couple of decades, but I am increasingly aware of and convinced of the enduring truth of all the journey imagery in scripture.  It begins in the garden, as the earth creatures are sent forth and the gate […]


Her Story: #CSW62 – Maria Gonzalez, Diocese of Olympia

April 9, 2018

During the recent United Nations Commission on the Status of Women’s 62nd session (CSW62), our Church was present through the voices of many Episcopalians. Our blog series “Her Story: #CSW62” features the individual voices and stories of these Episcopalians, in their own words. In doing so, we not only amplify our own voices, but join […]


Lent 5: Purge me from my sin

March 18, 2018

Today we hear of the promise of a new covenant written not on stone but in our hearts.  We hear Jesus speaking of being lifted up from the earth, and then buried in it that he might become in truth the first fruit of a redeemed humanity.  While these texts invite us to look ahead […]


2018 EPPN Advocacy Priorities

February 9, 2018

As we continue to move further into the new legislative year, we would like to take the opportunity to highlight the priorities of The Office of Government Relations for 2018. Drawing from the priorities of General Convention and Episcopal Church leadership, we have structured our work around the three pillars of the Jesus Movement: Care […]


Advent 4: Repairing the Breach in Institutions and Society

December 24, 2017

Pray the Collect for This Sunday. Read the Scripture Together: Luke 1:26-38 Reflection: Here I Am … Imagine young Mary’s surprise: She has just learned she carries the Messiah in her womb. Impossible! Rather than balk at the enormity of her call, Mary leans into the power of the Spirit and says “yes.” The idea of healing and transforming […]

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Deadline extended for 2017 New Community Clergy and Lay Conference

May 31, 2017

The registration has been extended for the popular Episcopal Church New Community Clergy and Lay Conference, slated for July 19-22 at Camp Allen, Navasota, TX (Diocese of Texas). The theme is Affirming Life, Liberty and Justice. Deadline is now Friday, June 30. Sponsored by the Episcopal Church Ethnic Ministries Offices, the New Community Clergy and […]

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Registration now open for 2017 New Community Clergy and Lay Conference

March 15, 2017

Registration is now open for the popular Episcopal Church New Community Clergy and Lay Conference, slated for July 19-22 at Camp Allen, Navasota, TX (Diocese of Texas). The theme is Affirming Life, Liberty and Justice. In light of current issues such as the deportation of undocumented immigrants, the banning of refugees based on religion, the […]


5 Questions with Dianne Aid, TSSF

November 30, 2016

1) How long have you been affiliated with Jubilee Ministries, and in what capacity? I have been involved with Jubilee Ministries since 1991, first as Coordinator of a Jubilee Ministry in the Diocese of Spokane. In 2003 our parish, St. Matthew/San Mateo, Auburn, in the Diocese of Olympia became a Jubilee Center. We set out […]

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