Social Justice and Advocacy Engagement

Social Justice and Engagement

The Office of Social Justice and Advocacy Engagement is responsible for engaging Episcopalians in building, resourcing, and empowering advocacy movements and networks for social justice at a local and community level by connecting, organizing, and mobilizing people in the pews, and people in the pulpit.  

The Office of Social Justice and Advocacy Engagement executes creative leadership initiatives to mobilize Episcopalians on issues of social change, and seeks to build and enhance communities committed to transforming unjust structures in societies, and to accompany and enrich the ministry of Episcopalians working to be catalysts for equality, justice, and transformation within their communities.

We are called to participate in the public square by exercising our right to vote. This call includes a call to the church and its members to live into our Baptismal Covenant to respect the dignity of all human beings by protecting the fundamental concept of one person one vote. So in this Season of Justice Engagement, let us partner in our local congregations with other people of faith to encourage and promote voting in our local, state and federal elections.

One meaningful opportunity for partnership is with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Collaborating with AME congregations affords us an opportunity to live into an important historic relationship.

We also encourage individuals and congregations to partner with Lawyers and Collars. Lawyers and Collars seeks to “engage Pastors, Imams, Rabbis, and other faith leaders, standing alongside lawyers at voting precincts of vulnerable citizens. They will provide a combined legal and moral presence against voter suppression, intimidation, and harassment expected to rise in Midterm Elections 2018.” They believe “Leaders of diverse faiths believe that all people are created in the image of God. Protecting the right to vote affirms the divine image and inherent value of all of God’s children. Nothing diminishes the rule of law and our precious democracy more than voter suppression and efforts to marginalize and diminish the impact of vulnerable voters.” You can find more information at http://lawyersandcollars.org

Find more ideas for engaging this election in the Vote Faithfully toolkit (in English) (In Spanish) from the Office of Government Relations

Listen to Presiding Bishop Curry address the significance of this collaboration.
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CONTACT:
Charles Wynder, Jr.
Missioner for Social Equality, Advocacy and Engagement