EMO brings the faith community’s voice to the policy-making process at the Oregon Legislature and advocates within communities statewide.
And what does the Lord require of you … but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s Public Policy Advocacy is rooted in the moral teachings of the Bible and the diverse religious traditions of our members and interfaith partners. We strive to live out the words of Jesus: “… whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
At EMO, we are committed to creating systems, institutions and public policies that ensure a life of possibility for all Oregonians. The faith community’s voice is crucial to the public discourse on issues facing our society. We build powerful coalitions of community members, Oregonians of faith and partner organizations to advocate for those who are historically marginalized, less privileged or face discrimination.
Our current Legislative Priorities include: Welcoming the Stranger, Sheltering the Houseless, Advancing Climate Justice, and Securing Criminal Justice Reform. Learn more.
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s policy work is guided by our Statement of Social Principles.
Faith in Action
Our goal is to empower people of faith with the advocacy tools they need to put their faith into action. To this end, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon:
- Advocates for the concerns of the religious community during Oregon’s Legislative Sessions (view our Legislative Priorities).
- Cosponsors Interfaith Advocacy Day in Salem.
- Provides people of faith with timely information about issues and policies, key votes, opportunities to meet with legislators, and upcoming events through our Peace & Justice electronic action alerts and grass-roots advocacy network. Sign up for EMO's Peace & Justice e-news.
- Arranges meetings with legislators on behalf of local congregations or clergy.
Encourages you to invite our staff to meet with your members to discuss issues of social concern.
- Publishes EMO’s Guide to Oregon Ballot Measures during each general election. View previous issues of The Guide in our Archives.
Note: The Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon releases all public policy statements through the Oregon Catholic Conference. For more information about the Oregon Catholic Conference priorities, call (503) 234-5334.