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EPPN Census Series: Businesses & Infrastructure

April 1, 2020

TODAY is April 1st, Census Day! This is a key reference point for the census. When you respond to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live on April 1, 2020. Go to to fill yours out today! So far in our 2020 Census series, we have reviewed federal programs that rely on census […]

OGR COVID-19 Newsletter

March 31, 2020

The Office of Government Relations appreciates your work and advocacy as members of the Episcopal Public Policy Network. While the EPPN, the Church’s grassroots advocacy network, normally engages in weekly action, the pace of legislation and advocacy over the past two weeks has been incredible. Thank you for staying with us! Your voice, alongside thousands […]

EPPN Census Series: Social Safety Net Programs

March 27, 2020

The 2020 Census is now live! And it has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail—all without having to meet a census taker. Go to right now to fill out your census. Census data contribute to the effectiveness of a number of social safety net programs designed […]

Immigrants and COVID-19

March 24, 2020

By: Rushad Thomas The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic (commonly known as coronavirus) presents the United States with several systemic challenges. Not only does it expose gaping holes in our public health infrastructure, it also tests our ability fight disinformation, challenges our assumptions about value in the economy, and forces us to confront how our society makes illness economically catastrophic for […]

EPPN Census Series: Education (+COVID-19 Message)

March 18, 2020

On COVID-19 The U.S. Census Bureau continues to carefully monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19. The most important message at this point in time is: “It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail—all without having to meet a census taker.” They are coordinating with public health officials […]

International Response on COVID-19

March 16, 2020

By: Patricia Kisare, International Policy Advisor As COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread here at home and around the world, we are reminded of the speed with which a major pandemic can spread in today’s interconnected world. It is reported that it only takes 36 hours for pathogens to spread from remote places to major cities across the globe, […]

OGR Statement and Recommendations on COVID-19

March 11, 2020

Christians have an obligation to care for people who are poor, sick, in prison, or strangers (Matthew 25: 34 – 46) and in times of great crisis, the federal government is an important resource to help meet a community’s needs. In response to the coronavirus COVID-19, The Episcopal Church encourages everyone to adhere to the […]

EPPN Census Series: Healthcare

March 11, 2020

Take the 2020 Census Online Now! Healthcare is one of the primary industries that rely on U.S. census data, and federal programs are an important way that many Americans access health care services. Medicaid and Medicare are the two largest – these programs provide health coverage for low-income Americans and Americans over 65. Together these […]

EPPN Census Series: Why We Count

March 4, 2020

Take the 2020 Census Online Now! The Episcopal Church urges all Episcopalians to take part in the 2020 United States Census. As an official partner, The Episcopal Church pledges to help the U.S. Census Bureau get a complete count and to help people to understand why it is so important. Starting today and for the next […]

EPPN Criminal Justice Series: Re-entry

February 26, 2020

Successful re-entry into society is one of the most challenging parts of rehabilitation and an area where The Episcopal Church has voiced particular concern. When re-entering their communities, former offenders find themselves needing to reconnect with family and friends, find employment and housing while having a criminal record, and adjust to life outside of prison. […]

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