Here you will find information to join events on advocacy and civic engagement! Events include in-house produced trainings, educational webinars, and advocacy actions, as well as events created or co-created by other Episcopal Church offices and partner organizations. We hope you can join us for future events advertised here and catch up on what you missed by exploring recordings and other resources from past events.
Holding on to Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness
Sunday, November 1st, 4:00pm ET
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will lead a live-streamed prayer service from Washington National Cathedral, Holding on to Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness, on All Saints Sunday. In the midst of pandemic, racial reckoning, and a historic election, the live-streamed service will gather Americans for prayer, song, lament, hope, and a call to love God and neighbor. WATCH LIVE.
YOUR BALLOT, YOUR VOICE: Faith & Politics
Sunday, November 1st, 6:00pm ET
Hosted by VoteAmerica, our director Rebecca Linder Blachly will speak on this election cycle. The event convenes individuals and organizations to continue the voter conversation to include a discussion of faith & politics. Answering whether it is possible to reconcile faith & politics and whether the divide is about faith or politics and where the bridge is between the two. REGISTER NOW.
Post-Election Prayer Service
Wednesday, November 4th, 4:00pm ET
Knowing we will need a place to offer prayers for our nation, our communities, and ourselves, we invite you to join the Department of Faith Formation for this time of prayer (service will be no longer than 30 minutes) Sign up to receive the Zoom link.
Additional local events:
These following events are opportunities where OGR staff are speaking at more local venues or to a more specific audience. For more information on these events, or to see about guest speakers for your own event, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Talk, an LGBTQ ministry at All Saints' Pasadena, CA, on advocacy and voting faithfully, October 31st at 6:00pm PT/9:00pm ET
EPPN 2020 Election Webinar Series: In collaboration with the Church’s Reconciliation, Justice & Creation Care and Ethnic Ministries departments, the first webinar is all about empowering your vote and helping those in your community vote as well. Watch here. The second webonar is looking ahead beyond November 3rd into 2021 and the cycle of advocacy that must continue even after the votes have been counted. Watch here.
Uniting Against the Epidemics of Racism and Gun Violence: Rebecca Linder Blachly, director of the Office of Government Relations, speaks on this webinar sponsored by Bishops United Against Gun Violence for an online conversation with key gun violence prevention partners. Together we’ll explore how the intersection of racism, gun violence and the COVID-19 pandemic informs our Christian obligation to vote faithfully. Watch here.
Advocacy Tools for Loving Your Neighbor: This training event was jointly hosted by The Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and explored the nature of faith-based advocacy, what issues to speak on, and the ways to make one’s voice heard. This event had contributions from both Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton. A recording of the event is available here.
Absalom Jones Reimagining Policing: This three-part webinar series was hosted by the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing and discussed the ongoing mass incarceration and police brutality that has resulted in the deaths of many Black and brown men, women, and children and that has called us as people of faith to reimagine the role of policing today. Two members of our office participated in part three of this series on the role and impact of disinformation in our society today.
Love God, Love Neighbor: June marked the Episcopal Month of Action on immigration issues. Along with Episcopal Migration Ministries, the Office of Government Relations hosted three webinars that make up a series to learn and advocate with and on behalf of immigrants, DACA recipients, refugees, and asylum seekers. The three webinars can be accessed here.
Walking in Welcome: Ministry Opportunities for Congregations: Aired live on October 8th, this webinar is a part of Episcopal Migration Ministries' series for congregations interested in supporting and walking alongside asylum seekers, in partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) and Lutheran Family Services of the Rocky Mountains (LFSRM). Watch the recording here.
Immigrant Detention during COVID-19: Prophetic Action and Compassionate Response: The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations and Episcopal Migration Ministries gathered clergy and lay experts from the Dioceses of Georgia, Ohio, and Western Louisiana to discuss practical actions that anyone can take to speak out for and respond with compassion to the needs of our siblings in detention. The presentation provides viewers with an understanding of our country’s immigration detention system, including reports of inhumane conditions and privately-owned prison facilities; an understanding of the reasons immigrants may be detained and how they may be released; and, a discussion of the current situation in detention facilities during COVID-19. A recording of the event is available here.
Responding to Racist Violence Sermon from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: In this time of national upheaval, outrage, and fear, The Episcopal Church’s Department of Reconciliation, Justice and Creation Care and the Office of Government Relations have assembled resources to assist individuals, congregations and communities seeking to LEARN, PRAY and ACT. Watch the Presiding Bishop’s sermon and access other resources to learn, pray, and act here.
An Interfaith Reflection on the ADA: 30 Years Later: The Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition's (IDAC) virtual prayer event, conversation, and call to action with faith leaders in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). OGR's Lindsey Warburton contributes to this important events. Watch here.