Legislative advocacy that
changes the world.
As of July 2022, our nation has been traumatized by 332 mass shootings. Bishop LaTrelle Easterling has released a number of statements as these shootings have continually unfolded in places like Smithsburg, MD, Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, NY. We mourn, grieve and pray for those who have lost their lives and now we must engage…
On April 1, 2022, the Biden Administration announced its firm commitment to end Title 42, a discriminatory policy that prevents migrants from declaring asylum at the US/Mexico border. In response to the end of Title 42 Governor Abott of Texas issued an aggressive action to begin bussing migrants and asylum seekers from the southern border to Washington, DC.
THERE IS NO HOLINESS BUT SOCIAL HOLINESS
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.
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.
Our commitment to Christ’s love calls us to embrace a new system for the care and restoration of victims, offenders, and criminal justice officials. Restorative justice compels us to dismantle punitive and discriminatory systems and promote relationships that heal and repair.