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The Episcopal Church Condemns the Oil & Gas Lease Sale in the Arctic Refuge

January 12, 2021

The Episcopal Church opposes the oil and gas lease sale in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that occurred on Wednesday, January 6th, 2021. Oil and gas drilling in the Refuge threatens the traditional existence of the Gwich’in people—many of whom are Episcopalian—and has failed to deliver on its promises of economic prosperity. Less than one percent of the projected $1.8 billion lease sale revenue was generated: only $14.4 million.   Sparse industry interest […]

OGR Priorities for the New Congress and Administration

January 5, 2021

On Sunday, members of the 117th Congress were sworn in. This new Congress is the most diverse in U.S history in terms of race and ethnicity, including having a record number of Black and Indigenous women in Congress. There are more women in Congress than at any other time in history, as well as record numbers of the LGBTQ community. Members […]

Year-End Advocacy Update: COVID Relief and the NDAA

December 22, 2020

As we near the end of the year, we write to you to once again to express our gratitude for all those who took action again and again to urge Congress to pass COVID-19 relief this year. Last night, Congress passed legislation containing many of the provisions we have advocated for: SNAP increases, unemployment insurance, […]

OGR Advocacy Newsletter December 2020

December 16, 2020

Dear Friends, Advent is a season that teaches us to wait well, and we are all waiting for what’s next. We are waiting to put 2020 behind us. We are waiting for a new Administration and new Congressional session to take the reins of our government. We are waiting for the vaccine to be ready, […]

Human Rights Day: Defending Human Rights During and After COVID-19

December 10, 2020

By: Christian Omoruyi, Intern at Office of Government Relations Today—December 10—is Human Rights Day, an international observance that commemorates the day in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first universal articulation of human rights in recorded history. The groundbreaking Declaration, drafted after the world had witnessed the […]

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

December 3, 2020

By: Christian Omoruyi, Intern at Office of Government Relations Last week marked the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, a global campaign that has run every year since 1991 from November 25 to December 10. These 16 Days of Activism were originally launched by women’s rights activists to commemorate the date in […]

World AIDS Day 2020: Global solidarity, shared responsibility

December 1, 2020

By: Lynnaia Main, Episcopal Church Representative To The United Nations World AIDS Day, commemorated each December 1st since 1988, falls during the Church’s season of Advent, a time marked by waiting, hoping and staying alert as we long for our Messiah’s coming. Similarly, we await the coming of solutions to end HIV AIDS by making treatment […]

Writing an Effective Public Comment for the Arctic Refuge Lease Sale

November 24, 2020

What to Know Comments must be submitted by postal mail or email: Comments must be received by December 17th Use this form and reference these tracts of land. Additional written pages can accompany your form. For more details, visit the Bureau of Land Management’s website. Mail comments to: State DirectorBureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office222 West 7th Avenue, Mailstop […]

The Episcopal Church Opposes Lease Sale in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

November 24, 2020

After 40 years, the Department of Interior has issued a call for nominations to lease land for oil and gas development within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Episcopal Church opposes drilling in this region because of our broad commitments to environmental protection and our long connection to the Gwich’in people who strongly oppose fossil […]

Election Message and COVID Relief

November 12, 2020

Last week, Americans made their voices heard at the ballot box in one of the world’s largest exercises of democracy. Given the extraordinary context in which this election took place, misinformation has abounded online about the integrity of the election. President Trump has, with no evidence, alleged widespread voter fraud and has refused to concede. […]

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