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.
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Episcopal Election Activators
We are seeking Episcopal Election Activators to help promote and facilitate local non-partisan voter engagement efforts for the 2022 U.S. midterm elections and beyond. We hope to identify a team of dedicated volunteers across the Church who will then help Episcopalians and local communities cast their votes. Click through for more information and to apply.
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.
Is your parish/church community interested in GOTV? Check out Civic Holidays–four chances to engage with national organizations with great resources for voter engagement. This includes Vote Early Day! Sign your parish up as a Vote Early Day partner here.
Revisit our EPPN Election Series which explores election integrity, voter access and more:
- EPPN Election Series: Election Process Integrity
- EPPN Election Series: Voter Access
- EPPN Election Series: What to Expect When You’re Electing
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.
Order your #VoteFaithfully stickers and magnets today! Email us email@example.com.
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.
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
The Postcard Project
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.
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:
- Week 1: Why We Count
- Week 2: Healthcare
- Week 3: Education
- Week 4: Social Safety Net Programs
- Week 5: Businesses & Infrastructure
- Week 6: What Happens Next?
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.
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
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.
The Office of Government Relations