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A Faithful Response to the Caravan: Five Things to Know

October 26, 2018

On Saturday, Oct. 14th a migrant caravan departed from San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Since then, it has been moving through Guatemala towards Mexico. The media has reported that the groups include families, women and children. Below are five things to know about the current caravan. 1. Most of the individuals in the caravan are asylum seekers and are […]

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 […]

Protect Social Safety Net Programs for All Persons: Reject Changes to the Public Charge Determination

October 12, 2018

This week the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed a new rule that would expand the categories of public benefits that would prohibit legal immigrants from qualifying for entry into the United States or permanent residency. Under the proposed rule, the Administration would restrict the ability of immigrants to access safety net programs that they, like many […]

Action Alert: Voting Disparity

October 3, 2018

This week, the Presiding Bishop is visiting Guam, and last week was National Voter Registration Day. In recognition of these two events, we’re highlighting the disparities in voting rights between residents of various parts of the United States. During last summer’s General Convention, the Episcopal Church formally endorsed the principal of one person, one vote. […]

Let's Talk Faith and Climate Webinar

October 1, 2018

Be an Episcopal Christian witness to the experiences and impacts of climate change on health, livelihoods, and communities, as we look for guidance and solutions. The Episcopal Church has learned from ecoAmerica’s Blessed Tomorrow Ambassadors Program, to support faith institutions and faith leaders with a training on the links between climate, faith and humanity, the spectrum […]

Furthering International Commitments to Protect Refugees

September 25, 2018

This week, the United Nations General Assembly will adopt the Global Compact on Refugees, which lays out a path for the international community to pursue solutions to further its protection of refugees. Since the adoption of the New York Declaration in 2016, which the Episcopal Church provided direct input on, member states have worked toward […]

Fall 2018 Newsletter

September 5, 2018

As summer comes to a close, we want to thank you for your ongoing support of the Office of Government Relations and for your commitment to faith-based advocacy. In these turbulent political times, the work we carry out can help our communities and country – together, we can lift up the values we stand for […]

Get Involved with Criminal Justice Reform

September 4, 2018

You may have heard about the ongoing, three-week prison strike organized by prisoners across the country in part to raise awareness of low wages for inmates, harsh sentences, and deteriorating facilities. You can see the list of demands and ideas for how to help in this press release. PRESS RELEASE: NATIONAL PRISON STRIKE AUGUST 21-SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2018 pic.twitter.com/Mzbb4e96yp — […]

Take Action to Combat Human Trafficking

August 1, 2018

Background: This June, the State Department released its annual Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP), which ranks countries on their efforts to combat human trafficking. This year’s report highlights examples of local communities working with their governments to address human trafficking. The report identifies challenges governments and communities face in fighting human trafficking, while highlighting effective responses […]

Tell Congress: Urge the Administration to Resume Humanitarian Aid to Palestinians

July 31, 2018

The people living in the West Bank and Gaza are facing a humanitarian crisis. The Trump Administration’s recent freeze on all aid to Palestinians, combined with the threats of serious cuts to future economic assistance, puts the millions who rely on U.S. and UN assistance to meet their daily needs at immediate risk. There have […]

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