Legislative advocacy that
changes the world.


What is Legislative Advocacy?

Small actions lead
to big change.

Love comes in many forms. As Jesus told us to love our neighbors, doing so often means much more than simple acts of kindness. United Methodists have a long tradition of working to make life better for everyone, especially those Jesus called “the least of these.” Legislative advocacy turns love into policies that “resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves (from the United Methodist Baptismal vows).” We advocate for changes in laws, systems, and structures in order to love others.

Recent Action Alerts

Reintroduce and Pass Legislation to Establish a Truth and Healing Commission

On March 3, 1819, the passage of the Indian Civilization Fund Act authorized and encouraged the harmful and forceful assimilation of Indigenous peoples. The Act was instrumental in the proliferation of Indigenous boarding school policies. Over 200 years later, efforts to address and to repair generational trauma continue.  On May 11, 2022, the Department of the Interior…

2023 UMC Legislative Advocacy Days

Join the Baltimore-Washington Conference and the Peninsula-Delaware Conference for our 2023 Legislative Advocacy Days! Legislative Advocacy Days are an opportunity for United Methodists to meet their representatives and advocate for United Methodist values. This allows the voices of United Methodists to be heard and considered when our representatives make important decisions that impact the lives…

Urge Congress to Protect DACA Recipients by Passing the Dream Act

On October 5, 2022, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the 2021 district court decision that ruled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy unlawful.  The case now goes back to the district court for renewed consideration of the new DACA rule published by the Biden administration. However, only Congress has the tools…

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United Methodism and the Social Principles

United Methodists work in partnership, actively lobbying local, state and national legislators, especially on such issues as homelessness, health care, immigration, violence prevention, worker justice, human trafficking, and the death penalty. Our stance on these issues is found in the Book of Resolutions and the church’s Social Principles.

We are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside… but one day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed.  … After you lift so many people out of the ditch you start to ask, maybe the whole road to Jericho needs to be repaved.” 

– Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.