Advocacy

ELCA advocacy works for change in public policy based on the experience of Lutheran ministries, programs, and projects around the world and in communities across the United States.  Our faith calls us to learn more and speak out on issues affecting our vulnerable neighbors and the forces threatening creation. 

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Guide: Family Separation

This is a guide for ELCA members to learn more about what we are doing as an organization on family separation and immigration policies.

Guide: Family Separation

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Template letter: Fair Housing

Template letter: Fair Housing

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Background: Addressing Housing and Homelessness (For Such a Time)

A resource to learn how ELCA Advocacy is urging the U.S. government to support strong policy solutions to address affordable housing needs and homelessness.

Background: Addressing Housing and Homelessness (For Such a Time)

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Background: Infrastructure Investment (For Such a Time)

A resource to learn how ELCA Advocacy is involved with Infrastructure Investments

Background: Infrastructure Investment (For Such a Time)

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Background: Appropriations for Domestic Human Needs (For Such a Time)

A resource for how we can draw a circle of protection around domestic human needs programs. #PrayFastAct

Background: Appropriations for Domestic Human Needs (For Such a Time)

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Background: Disaster Preparedness (For Such a Time)

The United States and its territories are experiencing extreme weather patterns on a more frequent basis. Learn more about getting prepared.

Background: Disaster Preparedness (For Such a Time)

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Background: Education and Economic Opportunity (For Such a Time)

Learn about ELCA Advocacy's commitment to economic mobility and opportunities.

Background: Education and Economic Opportunity (For Such a Time)

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Background: Protect School Meals and SNAP Funding (For Such a Time)

A resource to learn how ELCA Advocacy is urging the U.S. to address the needs of people struggling with hunger.

Background: Protect School Meals and SNAP Funding (For Such a Time)

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Background: Make education accessible and equitable (For Such a Time)

Education is a foundation needed to create a stable income, better wellbeing, and security for individuals and their families.

Background: Make education accessible and equitable (For Such a Time)

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Background: Support for Indigenous People (For Such a Time)

Learn about the ELCA's commitment to supporting and protecting Indigenous people.

Background: Support for Indigenous People (For Such a Time)

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Background: Protecting Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security for the Future (For Such a Time)

These programs serve as the core of our nation’s medical and income safety net for the elderly, unemployed, underemployed and disabled.

Background: Protecting Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security for the Future (For Such a Time)

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Background: Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security (For Such a Time)

Learn about the ELCA's commitment to supporting anti-poverty programs by engaging in prayer, fasting, and advocacy.

Background: Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security (For Such a Time)

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Background: Protect School Meals and SNAP Funding (For Such a Time)

A resource to learn how ELCA Advocacy is urging the U.S. to address the needs of people struggling with hunger.

Background: Protect School Meals and SNAP Funding (For Such a Time)

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Background: Support for Veterans and Families (For Such a Time)

Learn about ELCA Advocacy's commitment to supporting veterans and their families.

Background: Support for Veterans and Families (For Such a Time)

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Background: Combatting Childhood Hunger

Supporting the nutritional needs of America's Children.

Background: Combatting Childhood Hunger

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Food, Farms, Faith


Food, Farms, Faith

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Background: Foreign Assistance Myths and Facts

 

Background: Foreign Assistance Myths and Facts

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Background: HIV and AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (For Such a Time)

Background: HIV and AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (For Such a Time)

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Background: Appropriations for Foreign Assistance (For Such a Time)

A resource to learn how ELCA Advocacy is urging the U.S. to address the needs of vulnerable people around the world. #PrayFastAct

Background: Appropriations for Foreign Assistance (For Such a Time)

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Background: Sustainable Development Goals (For Such a Time)

Learn about the ELCA's commitment to supporting Sustainable Development Goals by engaging in prayer, fasting, and advocacy for a just world.

Background: Sustainable Development Goals (For Such a Time)

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Background: Investing in Women and Girls (For Such a Time)

Learn about the ELCA Advocacy's commitment to investing in women and girls.

Background: Investing in Women and Girls (For Such a Time)

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Template letter: Dream Act

A letter for Congress to protect Dreamers without harm to others.
 

Template letter: Dream Act

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AMMPARO Advocacy Priorities

An English and Spanish advocacy priorities resource developed by the AMMPARO network. 

AMMPARO Advocacy Priorities

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Addressing forced displacement in Central America through advocacy

A guide to addressing forced displacement in Central America through advocacy

Addressing forced displacement in Central America through advocacy

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From Ministry to Advocacy

A guide to advocacy after visiting Lutheran Churches in Central America & Mexico.

From Ministry to Advocacy

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Unaccompanied Migrant Children in Mexico

Honoring God's call to love our neighbors.

Unaccompanied Migrant Children in Mexico

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Our Communities in Crisis

A faithful look at the root causes of Central American forced displacement and the repatriation of children and families after the Summer of 2014.

Our Communities in Crisis

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International Violence Against Women

Preventing violence against women and girls overseas.

International Violence Against Women

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Food Aid Reform

Advocating for food-aid reform.

Food Aid Reform

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Background: Farm Bill - International Food Aid

Background: Farm Bill - International Food Aid

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Food Assistance Reform

Food Assistance Reform

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Why Lutherans Care for Creation: Building on our foundations

Building on our foundations in the ongoing reformation of the church

Why Lutherans Care for Creation: Building on our foundations

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Background: Climate and Resiliency (For Such a Time)

Learn how ELCA Advocacy is urging the U.S. government to support programs that help communities prepare for natural disasters. 

Background: Climate and Resiliency (For Such a Time)

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Background: 2018 IPCC Report and Caring for Creation

Background: 2018 IPCC Report and Caring for Creation

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Background: Protecting Critical Environmental Programs (For Such a Time)

A resource to learn how ELCA Advocacy is urging the U.S. to protect funding for programs that provide relief from environmental degradation impacting the livelihood of the poorest among us. #PrayFastAct

Background: Protecting Critical Environmental Programs (For Such a Time)

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Background: U.S. Environment and Energy Budgets (For Such a Time)

A resource to learn how ELCA Advocacy is urging the U.S. to protect funding for programs that provide relief from environmental degradation impacting the livelihood of the poorest among us. #PrayFastAct

Background: U.S. Environment and Energy Budgets (For Such a Time)

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Background: Climate Change 101 (Caring for God’s Creation)

A resource for learning and discussing climate change

Background: Climate Change 101 (Caring for God’s Creation)

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Background: Stewarding the Gift of Water (Caring for God’s Creation)

A factsheet on stewarding God's gift of water

Background: Stewarding the Gift of Water (Caring for God’s Creation)

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Background: Mountain Removal Coal Mining

Background: Mountain Removal Coal Mining

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Overview: ELCAvotes!

Overview: ELCAvotes!

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Voter Guidlines for Homeless

Voter guidelines for people facing homelessness

Voter Guidlines for Homeless

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Bible study: Communal commitment and a voter's voice

 

Bible study: Communal commitment and a voter's voice

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Guide: Civic Participation and Voter Education

Guide: Civic Participation and Voter Education

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Background: Race and voting

Background: Race and voting

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Template letter: Voting Rights Advancement Act

Support the Voting Rights Advancement Act

Template letter: Voting Rights Advancement Act

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Background: Voting Rights Advancement Act

The passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA) was a landmark accomplishment in civil rights, protecting the rights of minority voters and offering fair opportunities for electoral participation.

Background: Voting Rights Advancement Act

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Bible study: From the Margins

Bible study: From the Margins

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Bible study: Voting Rights Today

Bible study: Voting Rights Today

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ELCA Advocacy Farm Bill 101 Factsheet

ELCA Advocacy Farm Bill 101 Factsheet

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Farm Bill 2018 Congressional Leave Behind

Farm Bill 2018 Congressional Leave Behind

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Advocacy Rally Signs 13x24

Advocacy Rally Signs 13x24

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Advocacy Rally Signs 11x17

Advocacy Rally Signs 11x17

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ELCA Advocacy in your state: In-district meetings with Congress

A guide to conducting in-district meetings with Congressional offices in your state.

ELCA Advocacy in your state: In-district meetings with Congress

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2018 ELCA Advocacy Priorities

An overview of the ELCA's advocacy priorities for 2018

2018 ELCA Advocacy Priorities

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Being a Public Church

Being a Public Church

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Called to be a Public Church: Guide to Civic Participation in elections

Called to be a Public Church: Guide to Civic Participation in elections

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Circle of Protection Statement

– Why we need to protect programs for the poor

Circle of Protection Statement

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Working with the Media

Working with the Media

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Writing to Congress

Writing to Congress

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Writing a Letter to the Editor

Writing a Letter to the Editor

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UN Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS

UN Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS

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UN Political Declarations on HIV/AIDS 2006

UN Political Declarations on HIV/AIDS 2006

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UNAIDS resources

UNAIDS resources

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Security Council Resolution on HIV/AIDS

Security Council Resolution on HIV/AIDS

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