Advocacy Resources

  • UCC Advocates in Washington D.C.

    2014 Legislative Priorities

    We have an opportunity to address economic inequality, militarism, and voting rights in 2014.

  • People of Faith for Health Reform

    Our Voices are Stronger Together

    Join the Justice and Peace Action Network!

  • Justice Leaders in training

    Justice Leaders Engaging and Developing

    Justice Leaders Engaging and Developing (Justice LED) is a program that offers training, leadership skills and support to local churches and UCC members who seek tangible ways to make a better world possible.

  • Neighbors in Need 2013

    Neighbors in Need

    Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. Learn more, give & apply for grants.

Advocacy is hard work!
Luckily, Justice and Witness Ministries has a multitude of resources to help you out. If you can't find what you're looking for, contact JWM at jwm@ucc.org; 216.736.3700. We may be able to locate something you need from one of our many ecumenical advocacy partners. We want you to be equipped for peace and justice work!

Check out our resources below!

Publications

  • 2014 Legislative Priorities
    In order to magnify the voices of our members and our General Synod, the UCC Washington Office has identified several legislative priorities to guide their advocacy work in 2014. We believe these issues – economic inequality, militarism, and voting rights - offer a significant opportunity for UCC advocates to be a bold public voice for justice in the year to come.
  • 2013-2014 Policy Briefing Book
    The 2013-2014 Policy Briefing Book provides information about our church’s concern for national and global issues as they relate to our General Synod Policy and the work of the 113th Congress. Tools for understanding the issues, engaging in advocacy and organizing, and getting your message heard by decision makers are included. This is your one-stop tool for engaging in faith-based advocacy!
    Download: 2013 Public Policy Briefing Book | 2013 Libro informativo sobre política pública
    To request hard copies of this resource contact Helga Mingione at 216-736-3700.
  • Getting to the Root of It
    We’ve asked our staff to help us unpack the complex justice issues that we’re working on. Using our General Synod pronouncements as the basis for these reflections, we hope to provide insights into the issues you care about that are rooted in our shared faith, and can inform your advocacy efforts.
  • Witness for Justice
    Witness for Justice (WFJ) is a weekly editorial opinion column for public distribution which identifies timely or urgent justice issues. WFJ is a theologically based perspective founded on historic commitment to justice and peace of the United Church of Christ.
  • Justice Bible Studies

Advocacy Basics

Advocacy Basics
What is advocacy? Why should I care? What difference can I make? Get an overview of the basics and learn how to form your advocacy strategy.

Biblical Foundations for Advocacy
Two central themes run through the Bible concerning justice. The first is God's all-encompassing love, concern, and mercy for all human beings. The second is our responsibility to love God's earth and to care for God's people. Learn more about our biblical call to engage in advocacy and promote the common good.

Capitol Hill Basics
The key to working with your members of Congress is to remember that they owe their position to votes from your district and state. They are in office to represent your views, which means that members of Congress do pay attention to their constituents, and you can have an impact. Learn how.

Does Advocacy Make a Difference?
Yes! It certainly does. Read more about being an effective advocate.

Media Guide
Think of the media as an opportunity to educate people in your community about the issues you care about and experience firsthand. Local media forums, such as newspapers, radio, or TV cable-access programs, reach many people and are very significant in shaping opinions. People learn from and listen to people they know – people from their communities.

Visit our UCC Washington Office
The goal of our UCC Washington office is to make a better world possible by addressing the systemic problems that we face as a country and as part of the world. Hunger, poverty, peace and security, racism, care for the earth. These are among the types of justice issues that we work to improve through federal policies.

Join the Network

The Justice and Peace Action Network (JPANet) is our electronic grassroots advocacy network. It's composed of individual members and local UCC congregations across the country. The JPANet both educates and engages its members in shaping public policy in keeping with God's vision of a just and loving society and includes:

  • Weekly Legislative Action Alerts:
    Brief email synopsis of pending legislation or current justice issues, and a call for action each week. Perfect for taking personal action on the justice issues you care about and suitable for posting in newsletters and bulletins.
  • Monthly Newsletter:
    Includes invitations to regional and national gatherings, resources and opportunities for witness.

Issue Resources and Curriculum

ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES

CHILDREN & FAMILIES

ECONOMIC JUSTICE & GLOBALIZATION

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

HEALTH CARE JUSTICE

HUMAN RIGHTS

HUMAN SEXUALITY

IMMIGRATION AND BORDER ISSUES

INTERNATIONAL DEBT RELIEF AND CANCELLATION

JUST PEACE CHURCH – PEACE WITH JUSTICE ISSUES

 

MULTIRACIAL & MULTICULTURAL CHURCH RESOURCES

PUBLIC EDUCATION

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH & JUSTICE

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CONTACT INFO

Ms. Helga Mingione
Office Support Administrator, Justice & Witness Ministries
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland,Ohio 44115
216-736-3712
mingionh@ucc.org