Jul 02, 2020How the Episcopal Church works to shape public policy

How the Episcopal Church works to shape public policy

Kim Snodgrass Two-minute read.   Resources
Home Page for the Episcopal Office of Government Relations

The Episcopal Church is not resting on its laurels. You and I have an office dedicated to helping carry out the mission of The Episcopal Church by bringing the experiences and values of our faith into decisions about our nation’s public policy. This office speaks on our behalf and offers us a way to be involved in the process.

As followers of Jesus, God forms us as we engage in civic responsibilities. The Christian imperative to love our neighbor extends not just to those we agree with, nor does it end when times are tough. How we bear ourselves in the “changes and chances of this world” (Book of Common Prayer) speaks volumes about the depth of our faith

The Office of Government Relations (OGR) represents the policy priorities of The Episcopal Church to the U.S. government in Washington, D.C. It helps to shape the discussion of political issues throughout the Church. OGR aims to influence policy and legislation on critical issues, highlighting the voices and experiences of Episcopalians and Anglicans globally. They represent General Convention and Executive Council (church leadership) policy resolutions on Creation Care; Racial Reconciliation; Ending Poverty; Migration, Refugees & Immigration; and Human Rights & Peacebuilding.

The OGR website makes it easy for Episcopalians to engage. Action Alerts send messages directly to elected officials and candidates; Advocacy Resources offers tools for civic discourse, voting faithfully and civic engagement; and current Posts from the Hill for up-to-date news.

Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

Book of Common Prayer p305

The Office of Government Relations works to educate, equip, and engage Episcopalians through the Episcopal Public Policy Network. As a Church, we raise our voices to ensure that U.S. government policies are in line with our values as Episcopalians and Christians. 

In addition, the Episcopal Public Policy Network is a grassroots network of Episcopalians across the country dedicated to carrying out the fifth Baptismal Covenant call to “strive for justice and peace” through the active ministry of public policy advocacy. Engage by signing up to be an advocate.

Kim Snodgrass is Assistant to the Bishop for Christian Formation.

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