Congregational Engagement

Focus Area – Civic Engagement and Community Organizing

EHF Congregational Engagement supports congregations to gain knowledge and skills for building relationships in their communities and participating in civic and community engagement activities to address the needs of those communities.

The Episcopal Church has a strong history of encouraging voter participation and recognizes participating in public life as an act of Christian stewardship.  

If we who are Christians participate in the political process and in the public discourse as we are called to do — the New Testament tells us that we are to participate in the life of the polis, in the life of our society — the principle on which Christians must vote is the principle: does this look like love of neighbor?”
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Congregational Engagement works with churches to encourage voter participation, ministry outreach, civic involvement with communities around health-related issues and work with communities to create new ministries.

Partnerships with EHF
The organizations listed below are contracted partners with the Foundation to work directly with Episcopal Congregations in the Diocese of Texas:

The Metropolitan Organization (TMO)
TMO is an organization of institutions in Harris County that trains leaders to organize their communities through their congregations. It is working with Episcopal congregations to engage their surrounding communities on issues such as; parental engagement, voter education, gun violence, and Hurricane Harvey, and immigration.

Central Texas Interfaith (CTI)
CTI is an organization of institutions in the Austin and surrounding area that trains leaders to organize their communities through their congregations.  It has worked with participating Episcopal congregations to engage their communities around issues important to them such as; parental involvement in schools, crime, police/community relations, immigration, and increasing voter turnout.  CTI is part of the IAF Network.

Examples in the Diocese of Texas
The examples are articles found in our bi-monthly e-newsletter, Congregation Connection, which tell stories of congregations in action, partners with expertise in the area, and general related topics.

Congregation Spotlight: San Pedro, Pasadena Makes Connection to Address Concerns and Spark Change in It’s Community

Congregation Spotlight: Proyecto Santiago, Austin

EHF Q&A Maria Bautista, Community Organizer working with Episcopal Churches