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What is Legislative Advocacy?

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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

2023 UMC Legislative Advocacy Days

The Baltimore-Washington Conference and the Peninsula-Delaware Conference invites all United Methodists and friends of United Methodists to join us for our 2023 Legislative Advocacy Days to advocate for UM legislative priorities. Check back here for more information and registration updates coming soon. For questions, please contact Fathima Rifkey at frifkey@bwcumc.org.

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…

Establish the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies Act

For more than two hundred years assimilation processes have been adopted by the United States Government. These policies were intended to strip American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian children of their Indigenous identities, beliefs, and languages. These Indian Boarding School Policies established federally funded, off-reservation, and Christian-run Indian boarding schools. The motto to “kill…

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THERE IS NO HOLINESS BUT SOCIAL HOLINESS

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.