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Statement on FY2022 Refugee Admissions

October 12, 2021

The Episcopal Church commends the Biden administration’s decision to set the Fiscal Year 2022 refugee admissions ceiling to 125,000. The ceiling, which the president sets every fiscal year in consultation with Congress, fulfills the administration’s campaign pledge to set this number for this fiscal year as a part of a broader effort to strengthen the […]

A Statement on the Situation in Del Rio

September 22, 2021

The situation in Del Rio on the United States-Mexico border with an estimated 14,000 migrants, mostly from Haiti, is a jarring manifestation of economic, human rights, environmental, and migration crises. The U.S. response is deeply problematic – the use of cruel and inhumane enforcement by border patrol agents on horseback reveals inexcusable racist dynamics at […]

OGR Advocacy Newsletter September 2021

September 7, 2021

As summer draws to a close, we want to thank you for being an Episcopal Public Policy Network member. It has been an eventful summer, and we know many of you have worked tirelessly to address the many needs in your communities and around the world, including through your advocacy efforts.  All of us at […]

Prescription Drugs: Far too Costly

July 14, 2021

EPPN Health Care Series Part 6 “O God of heavenly powers, by the might of your command you drive away from our bodies all sickness and all infirmity: Be present in your goodness with your servant, that her weakness may be banished and her strength restored; and that, her health being renewed, she may bless […]

COVID-19 Vaccines: Inoculating the World

July 8, 2021

EPPN Health Care Series Part 5 O most mighty and merciful God, in this time of grievous sickness, we flee unto thee for succor. Deliver us, we beseech thee, from our peril; give strength and skill to all those who minister to the sick; prosper the means made use of for their cure; and grant […]

Episcopal Church Statement on Afghan Evacuation

July 7, 2021

The Episcopal Church calls on the Biden administration and Congress to develop comprehensive plans to evacuate and provide green cards for our Afghan allies who have supported the U.S. armed forces after U.S. armed forces leave Afghanistan on September 11, 2021. Many of the individuals who have worked for the U.S. armed forces as interpreters, […]

The Opioid Epidemic: A Deadly Disease

July 1, 2021

EPPN Health Care Series Part 4 O blessed Lord, you ministered to all who came to you: Look with compassion upon all who through addiction have lost their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of your unfailing mercy; remove from them the fears that beset them; strengthen them in the work of their […]

The Affordable Care Act: Unfinished Business

June 24, 2021

EPPN Health Care Series Part 3 Sanctify, O Lord, those whom you have called to the study and practice of the arts of healing, and to the prevention of disease and pain. Strengthen them by your life-giving Spirit, that by their ministries the health of the community may be promoted and your creation glorified; through […]

The Episcopal Church and Supreme Court Advocacy: Fulton v. Philadelphia

June 17, 2021

Today, June 17, the Supreme Court ruled in the case Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, a case about whether Philadelphia’s nondiscrimination law applies to a religiously affiliated agency that declined to certify same-sex couples for foster care placements. You can learn more about the case and The Episcopal Church’s response in this Episcopal News Service […]

Maternal Health: A Persistent Crisis

June 17, 2021

EPPN Health Care Series Part 2 O gracious God, we give thee humble and hearty thanks that thou hast preserved through the pain and anxiety of childbirth thy servant, who desires now to offer unto thee her praises and thanksgivings. Grant, most merciful Father, that by thy help she may live faithfully according to thy […]

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