Christian Public Witness Guide
A Council publication, Public Policy Witness Guide (PDF), offers helpful information and tactics for being an effective advocate.
Legislative Alert Center
A quick and easy way to contact your representatives in Madison and Washington! Read the latest e-advocacy alert from the Wisconsin Council of Churches and learn about current legislation and issues. Find information on state and federal elected officials, and contact them to express your views as a citizen and person of faith. Connect to the Legislative Alert Center.
The Council works to maintain, expand, and activate a statewide, ecumenical grassroots advocacy network focused on issues of social and economic justice and the care of creation. Occasional e-mail alerts are sent to notify network members of opportunities to influence pending legislation. Sign me up for WCC E-Advocacy Alerts!
From Charity to Justice: An Advocacy Guide for Congregations
From Charity to Justice: An Advocacy Guide for Congregations to Move From Charity to Justice is an activity guide written by the Interfaith Congregation Action Network (I-CAN) Committee of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee. This curriculum is for congregations looking for tools to help transition from doing charitable work to advocacy and is intended for all members of the congregation, including clergy, committee members and congregants. The goals of the guide are:
- To help congregations to understand the difference between doing charity work and being advocates for justice.
- To inspire congregations to choose at least one issue to act on to effect systemic change.
- To provide some guidelines for congregations to begin to take action.
Voter Education Resources
Find information on new voting requirements, rulers for political activity by religious organizations, and the role of faith and values in an election year on our Voter Resources page. See our 2016 Voter Education Guide for information on Christian principles in an election year, things congregations can do including organizing adult forums on election issues, holding candidate forums and voter registration drives.
Religious Advocacy Groups
The National Council of Churches, Joint Action and Advocacy for Justice and Peace Convening Table, is a collaborative venture of America’s community of ecumenical Christians. Its website has extensive materials on Eco-Justice, Ending Poverty, Racial Justice and Women’s Ministries
The Lutheran Office of Public Policy in Wisconsin is a ministry is a ministry of advocacy for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America expressed through partnership of the six ELCA synods with congregations in Wisconsin and ELCA World Hunger. LOPPW’s website contains helpful action alerts, advocacy issues and additional contact information. website at: contains helpful action alerts, advocacy issues and additional contact information.
The Wisconsin Catholic Conference is the public policy voice of Wisconsin’s Catholic bishops. Its website contains bishop’s statements, advocacy information and helpful contacts.
Federal and State Government and Legislation
Legislative Advocacy Guide from the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families includes sections on communicating with legislators, the structure of state government, how a bill becomes law, and understanding the state budget process.
The State of Wisconsin Government website has information on the Governor, the Wisconsin Legislature, proposed legislation, state agencies, and local and federal government.
For information on elections, voting, and lobbying regulations and activity at the state level, visit the website of the Government Accountability Board.
How a Bill Becomes Law gives a basic overview of the legislative process in Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Blue Book is published every two years and contains information on Wisconsin government and elected officials.
Information on the federal government and legislation can be found at THOMAS on the Library of Congress website.
Check out these pages on our website for resources and links to public policy issues:
The Public Policy Statements adopted by the WCC Board of Directors address economic justice, nonviolence, institutional racism, environmental responsibility, and other topics.