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MORE INFORMATION: Questions and Answers about a Shared Jerusalem

November 11, 2011

Why is a shared Jerusalem necessary for a just and lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace? Jerusalem is holy to each of the three Abrahamic faiths, and each has a long history of dwelling in the city. Both the Israeli people and the Palestinian people see Jerusalem as central to their identities, historically as well as in the present […]

Faith-Based Recommendations for US Participation in UN Climate Change Convention

November 7, 2011

Faith Based Recommendations for United States Participation in COP17 Ensuring a Global Commitment Beyond Kyoto As people and communities of faith, called to till and to tend – to protect and to serve – God’s Creation and seek justice for all people, we believe that a global framework and response to climate change is necessary […]

Presiding Bishop's Letter to the Senate on the International Affairs Budget

November 7, 2011

Dear Members of the United States Senate, As the presiding bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Episcopal Church, we write to lift up the shared commitment of our churches to alleviate global poverty, hunger, and insecurity. We urge you to support this commitment when you vote this week by defending […]

MORE INFORMATION: Questions & Answers about U.S. Foreign Aid to the Palestinians

November 4, 2011

WHAT KIND OF AID DOES THE U.S. PRESENTLY PROVIDE THE PALESTINIANS? Congress annually provides three pots of money to the Palestinian people: (1) $200 million in direct assistance to the Palestinian Authority government; (2) $150 million or more in support of Palestinian security forces; and (3) Approximately $200 million in support of humanitarian assistance in […]

Tell Congress – Aid to Palestinians is Necessary for Peace

November 4, 2011

Last week, we began a series about Israeli-Palestinian peace with an alert discussing the necessity of negotiations toward a two-state solution. Today, we continue that series, addressing the issue of U.S. foreign aid to the Palestinian people. In the wake of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' decision this fall to move forward with a resolution asking […]

Native American Month and Advocacy today

November 1, 2011

When I give workshops, I stress that advocacy is a very broad term. It is often more than contacting our elected officials. Advocating for justice can mean educating yourself and others about an issue; it can mean changing your mind and the minds of others; it can mean changing your actions and encouraging change in […]

Tell The President – Peace In The Holy Land Must Be A Priority Now!

October 27, 2011

"On the holy mountain stands the city he has founded; Then Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Of Zion it shall be said, 'Everyone was born in her,' And the Most High himself shall sustain her." — Psalm 87 (page 711, Book of Common Prayer) The Arab-Israeli-Palestinian conflict […]

MORE INFORMATION: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Middle East Peace Negotiations

October 26, 2011

WHY ARE NEGOTIATIONS NECESSARY? At present, Israel occupies the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and has since 1967. Nearly all Israelis and Palestinians agree, and the official positions of both the state of Israel and the Palestinian Authority affirm, that an end to the occupation is necessary for a just […]

Support the Second Chance Act to invest in prisoner re-entry programs, EPPN urges

December 6, 2007

The Episcopal Public Policy Network (EPPN) is calling on Episcopalians to contact their United States Senators and urge them to support the Second Chance Act of 2007 (Senate Bill 1060) when it comes to the floor. The Act, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives this fall by an overwhelming vote of 347-62, would invest in prisoner-reentry programs that […]

Urge Senators to Support Complete and Accurate Sex Education Vote Expected This Week

April 11, 2005

As early as next week, the U.S. Senate is expected to consider a bipartisan amendment to S. 105, the TANF reauthorization, by Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) to give states flexibility in how they spend federal sex-education dollars. Current law forces states to use federal funds exclusively for abstinence-only programs, that is, […]

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