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February 20, 2020

In the United States, 2020 is a year for federal as well as state and local elections and, as the beginning of a new decade, the year for its decennial count of people living in the country. The Episcopal Church encourages U.S. Episcopalians to participate in both.

Taking part in the...

February 18, 2020

The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations and Department of Faith Formation, in partnership with ChurchNext, a ministry of Forward Movement, has released “Make Me an Instrument of Peace: A Guide to Civil Discourse.” This five-part online curriculum covers the following topics: civil...

February 12, 2020

The practice of mandatory minimum sentencing for violent and non-violent offenses was originally established in reaction to the rise in crime rates in the early 1990s. These harsh prison sentences led to a dramatic growth in the number of people incarcerated for violent crimes. Sentencing...

February 7, 2020

By: The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations

The Episcopal Church is deeply concerned by the administration’s decision to restrict immigration from Nigeria, Eritrea, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan, Tanzania, and Sudan. While we wholeheartedly endorse efforts to ensure the safety of the United States, it is not clear that blanket immigration bans...

February 5, 2020

For the third week of our educational criminal justice series, we consider an often-overlooked figure who plays a key role for 4 out of 5 individuals in the criminal justice system: the public defender.

Our modern public defender systems find their grounding in...

January 21, 2020

The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations invites members of the Episcopal Public Policy Network to learn and engage in conversation with us for the next five weeks to learn more about criminal justice reform. Through five educational posts, this series will provide an opportunity...

January 11, 2020

The Episcopal Church condemns Gov. Abbott’s decision to reject refugee resettlement in 2020. Texas has long served as a strong partner in the work of welcoming some of the most vulnerable individuals in the world to peace, safety, and a bright future. Texas Episcopalians have also given...

January 7, 2020

Amid escalating tensions between Iran and the United States following the strike that killed Qasem Soleimani, The Episcopal Church continues to be guided by the teaching of Jesus Christ, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” We affirm that, “It is crucial in this time of instability and threat of...

September 27, 2019

En respuesta a la decisión del presidente de reducir drásticamente el reasentamiento de refugiados en el año fiscal 2020 y permitir que los estados y localidades veten el reasentamiento de refugiados, La Iglesia Episcopal emitió la siguiente declaración:

La Iglesia Episcopal condena la...

September 27, 2019

In response to the president’s decision to drastically reduce refugee resettlement in Fiscal Year 2020 and permit states and localities to veto refugee resettlement, The Episcopal Church issued the following statement:

The Episcopal Church condemns the administration’s decision to reduce...

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