Engage the 2020 Census
As an official partner of Census 2020, The Episcopal Church can help 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.
Research shows that someone is more likely to take the census if they hear about it from someone they trust. Help shape the future of your community by learning about why the census is important and how to encourage others to take it too. Our census engagement toolkit provides pointers for getting the word out and partnering with your local Complete Count Committees.
Why is the U.S. Census so important? Learn more with our EPPN Census Series, released March 4th to Census Day April 1st:
Watch Presiding Bishop Curry's message about our engagement with the 2020 Census.
Important dates for the 2020 Census
By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.
Reaching Hard-to-Count Communities in the 2020 Census
House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing, January 9, 2020
March 15 Census Bureau Statement on Modifying 2020 Census Operations to Make Sure College Students are Counted
March 11 Census Bureau Statement on Coronavirus and the 2020 Census
"The key message right now for anyone with questions about how COVID-19 will affect the 2020 Census: 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."
Accurate Count: Engage the 2020 Census
Take 30 minutes to watch this webinar on reaching immigrant communities during this 2020 Census.
Resources for Political Conversation
Equip yourself for more constructive political conversations using Make Me an Instrument of Peace: A Guide to Civil Discourse. Help bridge partisan divides, learn from others, and enlarge the sacred space for debate.
Make Me an Instrument of Peace: A Guide to Civil Discourse
The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations and Department of Faith Formation, in partnership with ChurchNext, a ministry of Forward Movement, bring you “Make Me an Instrument of Peace: A Guide to Civil Discourse.” This interactive five-part online curriculum offers hope that by using the tool of civil discourse, we can find new ways to love our neighbor.
The course is offered free of charge for the first 2,000 students and available on-demand.
- ChurchNext curriculum Make Me an Instrument For Individuals
- ChurchNext curriculum Make Me an Instrument For Groups
While the full curriculum experience is available on ChurchNext's website, with discussion forums, quizzes and supplemental material, you can access just the videos here.
The original written curriculum is still availlable below. Each week includes specific instructions for group or forum leaders, and interactive components including prayers, discussion questions, and activities aimed at utilizing group settings for entering into deeper reflection on the primary themes.
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.
“It is a Christian obligation to vote, and more than that, it is the church’s responsibility to help get souls to the polls.” -Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Check out our 2020 Vote Faithfully Election Engagement Toolkit to learn how you can help encourage voting in your community! New resources will be added to this page as they become available.
From the National Association of Episcopal Schools newsletter: Impacting Your School Community in 2020: Census and Election Engagement
Order your #VoteFaithfully stickers and magnets today! Email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lent 2020: A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Repentance Leading to Action
As the season of Lent approaches, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites Episcopalians and people of faith to turn and pray on behalf of our nation: “In times of great national concern and urgency, people of faith have returned to ancient practices of repentance, prayer and fasting as ways of interceding with God on behalf of their nation and the world. This is such a moment for us in the United States."
“For me, this call is rooted in my personal commitment to practice Jesus’s Way of Love, by which I turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go and rest in the way of our savior. Especially now, drawn together by love, hope and concern, and recalling the wisdom of our ancient traditions, I am grateful to join others in the spiritual practice of prayer, fasting and repentance for our nation." -Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Answer the call by adding your name here.