Office of Government Relations

Ongoing Work

As part of our commitment to support the most vulnerable among us, The Office of Government Relations advocates for rights for those living with disabilities, and for restoring, sustaining, and empowering communities affected by the U.S. criminal justice system. We also support our non-U.S. dioceses and Anglican Communion partners through advocating to the U.S. federal government for policies designed to promote peace and justice everywhere. 

Please explore the links below about the work of The Episcopal Church and our partners in upholding the cause of the poor and protecting God’s creation. Please send us resources on these issues that you have found helpful, and share your stories of policy advocacy by writing us at Office of Government Relations!

Featured Actions

Action Alert: Urge Congress to End Gun Violence

Protect Socially Responsible Investing

Action Alert: Urge Congress to Pass Voting Rights Legislation

Corporate Social Responsibility

One key aspect of the work of the Office of Government Relations is to partner with the Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility and the Finance Office in corporate social engagement and socially responsible investment. By aligning all of our advocacy efforts, from engaging the government to the private sector, we will be able to have more of an impact in transforming society to be more just, equitable, and closer to God’s vision.  

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For more information about The Episcopal Church’s Socially Responsible Investment practices, including No Buy lists and proxy voting guidelines, please visit the Finance Office page.

To learn more about socially responsible investing, visit the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, of which The Episcopal Church is a founding member.

To learn more about the history of socially responsible investing and The Episcopal Church’s role, visit the ICCR 50th Anniversary page.

Protect Socially Responsible Investing

Voting Rights

For several election cycles, Episcopalians across the U.S. have engaged extensively with our #VoteFaithfully campaign. The work continues as we look forward to the 2024 election and beyond.

We encourage Episcopalians to think about election engagement with three primary objectives, each with their own strategies and timelines: voting rights advocacy, supporting election processes, and helping to get out the vote (GOTV).

Prepare for the next round of elections using our election engagement resources.

Support Statehood for D.C.

Pass Voting Rights Legislation

Secure our Elections

Preventing Gun Violence

The Episcopal Church is a proponent of gun safety and gun reform. We advocate for a wide variety of reasonable measures the U.S. can take to reduce gun violence such as gun registration and permit requirements, background check improvements, and funding for research to prevent gun violence.

Episcopal Church Resources

Urge Congress to End Gun Violence

Urge Congress to Pass Safe Storage Laws

National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence: Praying for the Dead and Fighting for Change

Disability Rights

The Episcopal Church is committed to working for accessibility and civil rights for persons with disabilities. We support the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, transportation, and public and private spaces. An essential part of this advocacy is advocating for proper treatment and accommodations for people with disabilities throughout the criminal justice system.

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