The Episcopal Church and the 2020 U.S. elections: An overview of resources

Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs
Posted Oct 6, 2020

The Office of Government Relations has created a comprehensive suite of resources for advocacy, the U.S. Election, and 2020 Census engagement. Central to election engagement are the “Vote Faithfully” resources built up over the course of several election cycles and in coalition with ecumenical partners. These resources are designed for use year-round, emphasizing messaging that is non-partisan and informed.

As the United States gets closer to Election Day, November 3rd, The Episcopal Church will continue to release new resources, including an ongoing educational series on the basics of the election process and transition of power, four bulletin inserts from Sermons That Work focused on voter engagement and written for the readings on the four Sundays leading up to Election Day, and A Season of Prayer: For an Election, a novena prayer series developed with Forward Movement.

Other resources include a Plan Your Vote guide, toolkit for supporting others in your community to vote, a tool for recognizing and combatting disinformation and misinformation, and much more.

The Office of Government Relations, and members of the Episcopal Public Policy Network, have also continued advocacy through Action Alerts, direct meetings with Congressional offices, and sign-on letters, pushing for additional funding for the election given the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Office of Government Relations carries out this work in collaboration with other faith-based and secular organizations through both official partnerships, like with Faithful Democracy, National Voter Registration Day, and National Vote Early Day, and less formal collaborations on election and advocacy messaging.

To explore these resources, begin at the Office of Government Relations’ Civic Engagement page, or visit the links provided below.

From the Reconciliation, Justice, and Creation Care Team:

  • From The Pew to the Public Square
    New resources for Episcopalians taking up Presiding Bishop Curry’s charge for Episcopal faith communities to live out our public witness and sacred values. “From The Pew to the Public Square” provides quick coaching in moral agency, discernment, and decision making for social and community social change. Download From The Pew To the Public Square Resource Booklet covering 5 Ways Episcopalians can make social change.
  • Protest Chaplaincy Training and Discussion on Faithful Civil Action
    For a deeper dive in using the Pew to the Public Square tools for social change, register for the upcoming webinar on October 6th 4:00 pm EST/3:00 pm CST.
  • Voting Our Creation Care Values
    Practice care of creation by engaging in the election process with these resources on creation care and the 2020 election.

About the Office of Government Relations:

The Office of Government Relations represents the policy priorities of The Episcopal Church to the U.S. government in Washington, D.C. We aim to shape and influence policy and legislation on critical issues, highlighting the voices and experiences of Episcopalians and Anglicans globally. All policy positions are based on General Convention and Executive Council resolutions, the legislative and governing bodies of the Church.