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Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia
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Newport News, VA 23606-3071
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Justice & Advocacy Resources
Action alerts and other resources


Current Statements & Action Alerts

Efforts to Stop Evictions
Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy is concerned about a wave of mass evictions and the trauma this will cause families and communities and believes we need an immediate moratorium on residential evictions until a fully-funded rent relief program is implemented. Governor Northam could issue the moratorium. There also may be opportunities for legislators to engage in helping communitues stay securely housed. Clergy members can click here to sign the Clergy Letter to the Governor asking him to declare a moratorium on residential evictions. 

Pastoral letter from Bishop Haynes on the death of George Floyd, June 1, 2020

A Letter from the Bishops of Province III of The Episcopal Church, June 4, 2020

A Word to the Church from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, May 30, 2020

Recommendations for action, reading and listening in response to ongoing racialized killings and violence, structural racism and white privilege. (compiled by the Very Rev. John Rohrs, Dean of Convocation III)

Being the Church in the Time of COVID - Dean Kelly Brown Douglas of Episcopal Divinity School at Union offers a video series in which she interviews church, faith, and community leaders who are reacting and responding to justice issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Support Virgina's Latino communities, hard hit by COVID-19 pandemic
Virginia's Eastern Shore and the Latino community are among the hardest hit during this pandemic. Latino Missioner Mario Melendez offers the following suggestion for how you can support this community through this crisis. Gift cards (from $10 to $20) for Food Lion and Walmart, and for gas stations (like WaWa, Royal Farms, and Sunoco) are welcome, allowing families to buy food, gas, toiletries, and any other items they need. Cards can be sent directly to the Rev. Mario Melendez at Church of the Holy Apostles, 1593 Lynnhaven Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA 23453. Questions? Contact Mario at mmelendez@diosova.org or 757-427-0963.

Outreach opportunities during COVID-19 pandemic
Get info about how you can help those in our communities who are especially vulnerable, like the elderlyand those who may be temporarily out of work feed their families.

http://hrfoodbank.org/covid-19/

https://www.faswva.org/fightcovid19/

https://feedmore.org/
 

Resources

Racial Reconciliation

Repairing the Breach - A resource for exploring our history of racism in Southern Virginia

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.

The King Center, preparing global citizens to create a more just, humane and peaceful world using Dr. King’s nonviolent philosophy and methodology

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. 

Recommendations for action, reading and listening in response to ongoing racialized killings and violence, structural racism and white privilege. (compiled by the Very Rev. John Rohrs, Dean of Convocation III)

Resources For Adult Formation With An Emphasis On Race And Diversity from Building Faith

White Allyship 101: Resources to Get to Work, from the Dismantle Collective

It’s hard to understand antiracism without understanding what it means to be racist, Ibram X. Kendi panel discussion

Anti-racism resources for white people, Document compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein in May 2020.

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice, by Corinne Shutack, published at Medium.com

The Work of the People - A spiritual visual library whose offerings include many excellent films and series on race and faith. They offer a number of FREE films for streaming and their videos can be streamed in Zoom gatherings (here's how to do that).

Racism: A curated list - an excellent gathering of resources for children, parents, youth, and adults

The Race Gap from Reuters Graphics provides an illustration of the gaps that exist on a number of fronts between black and white folks.

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.
 

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.
 

Peacebuilding

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.
 

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.

Last Published: July 30, 2020 10:27 AM