Civic Engagement

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. 

Watch Presiding Bishop Curry's message about our engagement with the 2020 Census.

Be sure to check back here for more updates. Soon, we will release an educational series about the importance of the census and how it impacts you.

In English: Shape your Future: Census Engagement Tookit
En Español: Estará disponible muy pronto

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

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.

“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 encoruage voting in your community! New resources will be added to this page as they become available.

In English: Vote Faithfully Toolkit 2020
En Español: Estará disponible muy pronto

Order your #VoteFaithfully stickers and magnets today! Email us

Resources for Political Conversation

Equip yourself for more constructive political conversations using our Civil Discourse Curriculum. Help bridge partisan divides, learn from others, and enlarge the sacred space for debate.

Stay tuned for an exciting announcement late January 2020!

Use our five-week Civil Discourse Curriculum to better understand and practice civil discourse as it relates to politics, policy, and legislation. This resource explains why civil discourse is so important to living out our Gospel call and solving the problems facing our communities. 

The curriculum is designed for church groups, adult forums, campus ministries and youth groups (>14 years old). You may also consider using the curriculum for personal reflection, with family, or in small groups in your neighborhood or community. 

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.

Civil Discourse Curriculum (FULL)
Supplemental Material

The supplemental document, "Voices From The Church," features leaders from around the Episcopal Church reflecting on the intersections of faith, politics, advocacy and civil discourse. These short pieces are intended to serve as guiding words, inspiration and examples of the diversity of views held within our church, yet also stand as a testament to what is shared in common through faith and values.