Below are resources focused on advocacy including Episcopal Church policies, tips for communicating with your elected officials, and more! Visit our civic engagement page for additional resources on census engagement, election engagement and civil discourse
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The Postcard Project is an opportunity to convene people to write physical postcards to their members of Congress (or other government officials), helping to build relationships among parishioners eager to carry out their faith through action. Congregations can bring parishioners together in virtual sessions to build community through personal interactions even during COVID-19. This can also be a fun family activity to organize yourself at home!
EPPN Ambassador Program
Launched June 2020, this program offers a chance for people to get more engaged in amplifying our advocacy efforts. Ambassadors work on a local level helping to promote our action alerts and advocacy resources to improve our reach. To learn more about what's involved and how to apply, check out this page.
Improve Your Advocacy
Whether advocating at the international, federal, state, or local level, some of the same principles of relationship building and advocacy apply. Check out these resources for guidance on becoming an even stronger advocate!
Your stories, perspectives, and commitment are all part of the way we will make change to encourage our government to enact just policies and laws.
Misinformation, Disinformation, Fake News: Why Do We Care?
As Christians, we are not called to a life of half-truths and deception. We are called to follow a God who is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). The Prayer Book also teaches that among our duties to our neighbors is “to be honest and fair in our dealings” and to “speak truth, and not mislead others by our silence.” (pg. 848) Let us therefore examine our own conduct to limit the spread of deceitful information and call upon our leaders to work towards the same.
The rapid expansion of digitalization and online platforms has enabled deceitful content to spread more rapidly and disguise itself more effectively. Disinformation campaigns are deliberately crafted to spread false or misleading information. However, it may not be the case that the campaign message itself is the actual goal. A common tactic is to first identify two pro/con groups on a divisive issue (abortion, vaccinations, climate change, and political ideology are prime examples). An effective disinformation campaign would infiltrate both sides, backing group leaders, and helping to develop echo chamber qualities in the group.
Learn more and equip yourself to recognize and overcome misinformation in this critical resource.
Episcopal Church Policies
All work of the Office of Government Relations is grounded in the resolutions of The Episcopal Church General Convention and Executive Council, the legislative and governing bodies of the church. Explore these resources for summaries, history, and exact text of these resolutions.
- Policy for Action 2018 UPDATED
- Policy for Action 2016
- Policy for Action 2016-Español
- Search the Acts of General Convention
- Search the Resolves of Executive Council
Note: Policy for Action 2018 does not include resolutions from General Convention 79 in Austin, TX. We are working with Archives to create a new resource that will include those resolutions.Advocacy Research Reports
See below for four exciting pilot advocacy research reports created by the Archives of the Episcopal Church. We hope to continue collaborating with Archives to create similar reports on other topics in the future.
- Criminal Justice Advocacy
- Immigration and Refugees Advocacy
- Immigration and Youth Advocacy
- Middle East Advocacy