Learn to do good, seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow. - Isaiah 1:17
Our public policy advocacy activities are rooted in the moral teachings of the Bible and the diverse religious traditions of our members and interfaith partners. In collaboration with our faith partners, we advocate for the common good and for the well-being of all Oregonians. We believe that a healthy society provides for the well-being of all, particularly the poor, the young, the old and those who are ill. 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.”
The common good is dependent upon well-functioning democratic institutions, a strong, well-funded safety-net, and an ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship, violence-reduction, and the advancement of peace, justice and human dignity.
Our policy work is guided by a “Statement of Social Principles and Concerns.”
2019-2020 Legislative Priorities
Welcome the Stranger
Oregon’s Refugee Resettlement Coalition (RRC) is a group of direct service and advocacy organizations who have come together to support HB 2508, which protects refugee resettlement services in Oregon. These services have historically been funded by the federal government, but that funding has eroded rapidly over the past few years. Resettlement services include housing support, tenant-landlord dispute resolution, healthcare, advocacy following incidents of domestic violence or hate crimes, employment referral, educational support, family-school engagement, disability benefits navigation and English language learning programs, among others—all tailored to the unique needs of refugees. The RRC is led by our state’s three refugee resettlement agencies (Catholic Charities of Oregon, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, and Lutheran Community Services NW) and Unite Oregon. Learn more about HB 2508.
Give Shelter to the Houseless
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is leading efforts to increase funding for services and housing for the roughly 3,500 Oregon youth who are homeless and separated from their families. EMO currently serves unaccompanied homeless youth through our Second Home program in Washington County, Gresham, Clackamas County and Lincoln County. Learn more about legislation to address youth homelessness.
Promote a Just and Climate-Friendly Clean Energy Economy
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s Interfaith Power & Light (OIPL) program is helping to pass the Clean Energy Jobs bill. EMO continues act as the faith lead on the Renew Oregon Coalition, working to engage people of faith in a campaign to pass a cap-and-invest bill climate bill. This legislation would enable Oregon to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050, while investing in making businesses and households more energy efficient, among other provisions. Learn more about the Clean Energy Jobs Bill. Learn more about the Clean Energy Jobs Bill
location 0245 SW Bancroft St., Suite B, Portland, OR 97239
phone (503) 221-1054
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Britt Conroy, Public Policy Advocacy Director