What is Advocacy?
Advocacy is to support and act on behalf of another person or a cause. In our Global Ministries strategic direction Working for Peace with Justice we say "we affirm God's just and peaceable realm, by living as God's global mission church, facilitating the mobilization of God's people as advocates for current issues."
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” Proverbs 31:8
What Can I Do?
- Use the Global Advocacy Calendar Dates and Events to look for opportunities to get involved and to raise awareness.
- Attend Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington, DC to network, learn, and advocate on issues you care about.
Ten Ways You Can Engage Others as a Global Advocate
1. Tell someone your story
2. Write about the change you seek
3. Create a visual project
4. Learn more with a study group
5. Join an advocacy network
6. Hold a public forum or demonstration
7. Present a workshop
8. Lead a special worship service
9. Organizing your community; boycott?
10. Lobby officials and leverage your vote
Global Ministries and Denominational Resources
- The 2017 UCC Public Policy Advocacy Guide provides tips, tools and theological insights for understanding our call to advocacy, engaging in organizing, and getting your message heard by decision makers. This is your one-stop tool for engaging in faith-based advocacy!
- Witness for Justice - This weekly editorial opinion column from the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries addresses timely or urgent justice issues from a theologically based perspective.
- Getting to the Root of It - These monthly reflections from UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries provide insights into the issues you care about that are rooted in our shared faith, and can inform your advocacy efforts.
- Justice Bible Studies
- UCC Just Peace Church Handbook