Office of Government Relations

Advocacy Resources

View of the White House, capitol building, Washington monument, and supreme court building sitting in the clouds and made out of paper.

Below are resources focused on advocacy including Episcopal Church policies, tips for communicating with your elected officials, voter engagement, the 2020 Census, and more! For resources on civil discourse and political conversations visit our civil discourse page.

Have you used a resource below? Let us know! Reach out with your stories of educating about the ministry of public policy advocacy by writing eppn@episcopalchurch.org

Improve Your Advocacy

Whether advocating at the international, federal, state, or local level, some of the same principles of relationship building and advocacy apply. Check out these resources for guidance on becoming an even stronger advocate!

Your stories, perspectives, and commitment are all part of the way we will make change to encourage our government to enact just policies and laws.

Faith and Citizenship, A Guide to Effective Advocacy for Episcopalians, from the Office of Government Relations of the Episcopal Church

The OGR Faith and Citizenship Guide is focused on helping the Church engage the
government, emphasizing the work of advocacy in bringing about systemic change
that will bring us closer to God’s kingdom.

Additional advocacy resources

Tips for effective communication with your representatives

How to write an op-ed

The Postcard Project

A postcard graphic with text, The Postcard Project, Engaging in Slow Advocacy. The postcard is addressed to My Elected Officials, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC with the episcopal public policy network logo as the stamp

The Postcard Project is an opportunity to convene people to write physical postcards to their members of Congress (or other government officials), helping to build relationships among parishioners eager to carry out their faith through action. Congregations can bring parishioners together in virtual sessions to build community through personal interactions even during COVID-19. This can also be a fun family activity to organize yourself at home! 

EPPN Ambassador Program

Launched June 2020, this program offers a chance for people to get more engaged in amplifying our advocacy efforts. Ambassadors work on a local level helping to promote our action alerts and advocacy resources to improve our reach. To learn more about what’s involved and how to apply, check out this page.

Episcopal Public Policy Network Ambassador Program

Election Engagement

Getting souls to the polls isn’t just about casting our own vote, but about working together so we all can vote and vote faithfully. We can empower every voice in our congregations in this work.

Vote Faithfully

Revisit our EPPN Election Series which explores election integrity, voter access and more:

From The Pew to the Public Square: This resource booklet provides quick coaching in moral agency, discernment, and decision making for social and community social change. 

Voting and homelessness: tips for voting while homeless that you may find helpful and that may be useful to share within your community.

I'm and Episcopalian and I voted! #VoteFaithfully

Order your #VoteFaithfully stickers and magnets today! Email us eppn@episcopalchurch.org.

Census Engagement

As an official partner of Census 2020, The Episcopal Church helped make the count as accurate as possible. 132 federal programs plus private businesses, state, and local initiatives depend on Census data for effective distribution of resources, while congressional seats are apportioned according to the Census count. 

Why is the U.S. Census so important? Learn more with our Census Series:

Misinformation, Disinformation, Fake News: Why Do We Care?

As Christians, we are not called to a life of half-truths and deception. We are called to follow a God who is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). The Prayer Book also teaches that among our duties to our neighbors is “to be honest and fair in our dealings” and to “speak truth, and not mislead others by our silence.” (pg. 848) Let us therefore examine our own conduct to limit the spread of deceitful information and call upon our leaders to work towards the same.

Learn more and equip yourself to recognize and overcome misinformation in this critical resource.

Infographic with someone holding a phone and the button “Check Sources” is magnified, a newspaper, and thought bubbles with exclamation points and question marks. Transcript: Before you re-share that tweet, or tell a friend about that surprising headline you saw; ask yourself three questions:  
1. Where’s it from? Look for the source and be careful of fake copycat websites. 2. What’s missing? Do the headline and article match? Are other news organizations talking about it? 3. How do you feel? If a headline or article sparks an intense emotion like fear, anger, or vindication be watchful. That’s a common tactic from someone trying to manipulate you, not from someone trying to spread reputable news.

Episcopal Church Policies

All work of the Office of Government Relations is grounded in the resolutions of The Episcopal Church General Convention and Executive Council, the legislative and governing bodies of the church. Explore these resources for summaries, history, and exact text of these resolutions. 

Note: Policy for Action 2018 does not include resolutions from General Convention 79 in Austin, TX. We are working with Archives to create a new resource that will include those resolutions. Advocacy Research Reports

Search the Resolutions of General Convention

Search the Resolves of Executive Council

See below for four exciting pilot advocacy research reports created by the Archives of the Episcopal Church. We hope to continue collaborating with Archives to create similar reports on other topics in the future. 

Contact:
The Office of Government Relations

eppn@episcopalchurch.org