Holy Spirit became the first advocating congregation in Washington State in June 2007, adopting the following resolution:
"We are an advocating congregation. We advocate dignity and justice for all people, working for peace and reconciliation among nations, and standing up with the poor and powerless and committing ourselves to their need. We are committed to social outreach to alleviate the suffering of those in need, but even further we recognize the responsibility for correcting the injustices that have placed them in their situation and will when necessary bring those to the attention of this congregation for deliberation. We recognize that there may be multiple solutions to problems and we respect the conclusions that all individuals make regarding how best to become involved."
Advocacy Team: What We do:
- Provide information on local and national issues
- Encourage and facilitate letter writing to elected officials
- Hold discussion forums on faith issues
- Provide a venue for impartial candidate forums
- Visit our legislators in Olympia: Inter-faith Advocacy Day
- Meet our Congress people at Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C.
- Support new ways of our becoming a “public church”
ELCA Policy Statements
We are guided by the ELCA social statements that address many issues we all wrestle with today. Please visit the ELCA Website to see these social statements
Faith Action Network
For current information on community and state issues, visit the Faith Action Network.
Suggest Advocacy Readings
Justice Rising - Heagle
The No-Nonsense Guide to Fair Trade - Ransom
Race Against Time - Lewis
Congressional Directory - Various
Lobbying Congress: How the System Works - Wolpe
The Church in Society: A Lutheran Perspective - ELCA
Group Interests and U.S. Public Policy - Browne