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Justice & Advocacy Resources
Action alerts and other resources

Current Statements & Action Alerts

Supporting Asylum Seekers: A Toolkit for Congregations

Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) is offering a new resource for individuals and congregations who wish to welcome and support asylum seekers. Supporting Asylum Seekers: A Toolkit for Congregations is a free resource designed for congregations interested in supporting people seeking asylum. The toolkit will be updated as new resources, case studies, and information become available. Click here to request Supporting Asylum Seekers: A Toolkit for Congregations. The toolkit and additional information and resources will be emailed to you.

Becoming a Sanctuary Congregation

Click here for a helpful article on the initial steps to take toward becoming a sanctuary congregation.

Climate in the Pulpits, Bimahs, and Minbars

During the weekend of Nov. 15-17 pastors, rabbis, imams, and other faith leaders will raise up climate change as a part of their weekly sermons! Your faith community may  participate by hosting a film screening, a community discussion, Bible study or include the issue in the weekly sermon. Learn more here.

Episcopal Church response to the crisis on the border

The Episcopal Church has responded to the reports of inhumane conditions for children and other asylum seekers in government custody in a number of ways. This response includes calls for donations and goods from Episcopal dioceses on the border, prayers for those seeking safety, efforts to engage in advocacy, and pastoral messages from bishops around the Church.
"We are children of the one God who is the Creator of us all," said Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. "It is our sisters, our brothers, our siblings who are seeking protection and asylum, fleeing violence and danger to children, searching for a better life for themselves and their children. The crisis at the border is not simply a challenge of partisan politics but a test of our personal and public morality and human decency."    

The Episcopal Church, through the Office of Government Relations and Episcopal Migration Ministries, has compiled a list of resources, bishop statements, and information in response to the ongoing humanitarian situation at the southern border. Read the full statement and access resources for education and support here.  Find migration, refugee, and immigration information and ways you can take action on your own at Episcopal Public Policy Network & Office of Government Relations, and Episcopal Migration Ministries.

Paid Sick Days

All workers need paid sick days to take care of themselves and their family members when they are ill. However, in Virginia, there is no law requiring employers to offer paid sick days and 1.2 million workers have no paid sick days or paid time off (PTO).  Low wage workers are hardest hit because they are forced to go to work sick or send their children to school sick because they cannot afford (or are not allowed) to take an unpaid day off from work. Lack of paid sick days also puts the public's health at risk as many food service and child care employees are forced to work while sick, which spreads disease. The Virginia Interfaith Center is working to create a paid sick day standard in Virginia. Learn more and find out how you can help here.



Public policy and advocacy

Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations - Find action alerts and resources on current legislation and policy issues.

Episcopal Public Policy Network - A grassroots network of Episcopalians across the country dedicated to carrying out the Baptismal Covenant call to "strive for justice and peace" through the active ministry of public policy advocacy.

Episcopal Church Office of Social Justice & Advocacy Engagement - The Office of Social Justice and Advocacy Engagement is responsible for engaging Episcopalians in building, resourcing, and empowering advocacy movements and networks for social justice at a local and community level by connecting, organizing, and mobilizing people in the pews, and people in the pulpit.  

Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy - The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy advocates economic, social and environmental justice in Virginia’s policies and practices through education, prayer, and action.

Becoming a Sanctuary Congregation - Click here for a helpful article on the initial steps to take toward becoming a sanctuary congregation.

Ending Poverty

The Poor People’s Campaign - Uniting people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality.

Coalition on Human Needs - The Coalition on Human Needs (CHN) is an alliance of national organizations working together to promote public policies which address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations.

Circle of Protection - Working to maintain a Circle of Protection around people struggling with hunger, poverty, and injustice.

Episcopal Health Ministries - Works to promote health ministry in Episcopal congregations, assisting them to reclaim the Gospel imperative of health and wholeness.

Creation Care

Creation Justice Ministries - Creation Justice Ministries (formerly the National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Program) represents the creation care and environmental justice policies of major Christian denominations throughout the United States. They work in cooperation with 38 national faith bodies including Protestant denominations and Orthodox communions as well as regional faith groups, and congregants to protect and restore God's Creation.

Cultivate: The Episcopal Food Movement - A growing network of Episcopalians cultivating resilient communities through the growing and sharing of food.

Eco-Justice Ministries - An independent, ecumenical agency that helps churches answer the call to care for all of God's creation, and develop ministries that are faithful, relevant and effective in working toward social justice and environmental sustainability.

Episcopal Ecological Network - A grassroots network of Episcopalians from around the United States, the EEN is helping the Episcopal Church, to advocate and articulate protection of the environment and preserving the sanctity of creation. This network extends throughout the various congregations, dioceses and Provinces of the Church and includes interaction with other Christian churches in the USA and around the world.

Episcopal Network for Animal Welfare - The Mission of the Episcopal Network for Animal Welfare is to create an inclusive and mutually supportive venue for Episcopal animal advocates with a variety of interests and gifts; and to offer our presence, passion, enthusiasm and resources to help equip the churches to give meaningful voice to every creature under Heaven, especially where neglect, cruelty, degradation and commercial exploitation are concerned.

Greenfaith - GreenFaith is an interfaith coalition for the environment that works with houses of worship, religious schools, and people of all faiths to help them become better environmental stewards.

Human Rights

Episcopal Migration Ministries - Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) lives the call of welcome by supporting refugees, immigrants, and the communities that embrace them as they walk together in The Episcopal Church’s movement to create loving, liberating, and life-giving relationships rooted in compassion.

Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations: Migration, Refugees & Immigration - The Episcopal Church seeks to address issues of global migration and their root causes as the number of displaced people surpasses 70 million worldwide. We work to protect the human rights and safety of refugees by supporting the refugee resettlement work of Episcopal Migration Ministries. Further, we are committed to advocating for humane immigration policies that respect the dignity and worth of every human being and for comprehensive immigration reform.

Becoming a Sanctuary Congregation - Click here for a helpful article on the initial steps to take toward becoming a sanctuary congregation.

Episcopalians Against Human Trafficking - An online gathering place for Episcopalians & Friends Against Human Trafficking: Raising Awareness and Educating Our Communities Now.

TransEpiscopal - TransEpiscopal is a group of transgender and allied Episcopalians dedicated to fostering the full embrace of trans and nonbinary people, and our loved ones within The Episcopal Church and to inspiring faith-based advocacy for trans justice in the wider world.


Bishops United Against Gun Violence - Bishops United Against Gun Violence is a group of more than 80 Episcopal bishops working to curtail the epidemic of gun violence in the United States.

Racial Reconciliation

Becoming the Beloved Community - As the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, we dream and work to foster Beloved Communities where all people may experience dignity and abundant life and see themselves and others as beloved children of God. The Becoming Beloved Community Vision Document and accompanying resources help us to understand and take up the long-term commitments necessary to form loving, liberating and life-giving relationships with each other. Together, we are growing as reconcilers, justice-makers, and healers in the name of Christ.

Center for Racial Healing - Provides tools and experiences that allow faith communities - and the larger community of individuals - to engage in dismantling racism through prayer, dialogue, pilgrimage, and spiritual formation. 

Last Published: November 4, 2019 7:35 AM