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Office of Government Relations

Lenten Series: Week 5 Sacred Space for Debate

March 20, 2018

Everliving God, whose will it is that all should come to you through your Son Jesus Christ: Inspire our witness to him, that all may know the power of his forgiveness and the hope of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (Prayer […]

Lenten Series: Week 4 The Complexities of Policy

March 13, 2018

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to […]

Lenten Series: Week 3 Values-Based Conversations

March 12, 2018

“You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.” Romans 2:1  Too often, we can find ourselves jumping into partisan debates over solutions without first acknowledging the values we hold individually, and […]

Lenten Series: Week 2 Tenets for Civil Discourse

February 28, 2018

“The Lord has shown, O mortal what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 We invite you to use our five-week Civil Discourse Curriculum for Lent to better understand and practice civil discourse particularly as it relates to […]

Lenten Series: Week 1 Civil Discourse in Context

February 20, 2018

As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. (John 17:21) We invite you to use our five-week Civil Discourse Curriculum for Lent to better understand and practice civil discourse particularly as it relates to politics, policy, and legislation. […]

Protecting Dreamers: The Fight Continues

February 15, 2018

Update on Dreamer Legislation 2/15/18 Today, the U.S. Senate failed to pass legislation that would protect Dreamers and provide them with a pathway to citizenship. Throughout the week, Senators debated immigration issues and brought bipartisan pieces of legislation to the floor. While a legislative solution for Dreamers has overwhelming public support and members on both sides of […]

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 […]


February 1, 2018

Defend Temporary Protected Status (TPS)  Update on TPS for Syria 2/1/2018 “On January 21, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that the administration will extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syria for 18 months. We welcome this extension, but note that the administration did not re-designate TPS for Syria which means Syrians who arrived since […]

Refugee Ban: A Year Later

January 23, 2018

January 27 will mark one year since the administration’s refugee and travel bans were implemented. Throughout this past year, we have seen the negative impact these restrictive policies have had on our nation’s historic refugee resettlement program and on the lives of thousands of individuals who are seeking safety and attempting to reunite with family. Episcopalians can join in marking […]

Get Engaged with the Church in 2018!

January 5, 2018

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year! The Office of Government Relations anticipates a busy year ahead with expansive legislative and policy priorities, our church’s own General Convention, and upcoming midterm elections later in the year. In preparation, we want to open 2018 with a message about opportunities for you […]

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