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.”

Legislative Priorities 2023-24

Welcome the Stranger

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon continues to advocate and partner with groups to  welcome refugees and immigrants. Our coalition’s renewal and expansion of the Welcoming Refugees Bill ensures funding for crucial supports for Oregonians to access health care, education, employment and other services they need to start new lives.


Check back soon.

View Refugee-Immigrant Bills Archive

Sheltering the Houseless

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is leading efforts to increase funding for services and housing for the roughly 3,700 Oregon youth who are homeless and separated from their families. The unaccompanied homeless youth population is disproportionately comprised of marginalized identities and provides the opportunity to confront systemic inequities. Students tend to separate from their families due to domestic violence, family housing instability, and rejection from the home if the youth identifies as LGBTQIA+.


    • HB 2454 and 2456 Youth Experiencing Homelessness Bill: Provides more funding for host homes and other services for youth experiencing homelessness; also provides emergency housing funds for school-aged youth and families. View EMO testimony.
    • LC 2651 Affordable Housing Bill: Provides support for pre-development and construction costs as well as guidance for projects for non-profits who would like to construct affordable housing on their property.

View Housing Bills Archive

Advancing Climate Justice

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon's Creation Justice and Oregon Interfaith Power & Light (OIPL) program are using our voice to support the communities most affected by the climate crisis. As our state witnessed during the 2020 wildfire season, climate change poses a clear and present danger to Oregonians, especially BIPOC and low-income communities. Our response to this crisis therefore must be timely and must prioritize the needs of these most affected populations.


    • HB2601 Treasury Investment & Climate Protection Act (actively involved): Requires State Treasurer to exit from certain carbon-intensive investments and develop plan to protect state investments from risks related to climate change.
    • HB2990 Community Resilience Hubs (actively involved): Directs Oregon Health Authority to develop and implement grant program to support resilience hubs and networks in Oregon.
    • SB530 Natural Climate Solutions (endorsing): Establishes state policy regarding natural climate solutions.
    • Just Crossing Alliance: Bills and budget items relating to transportation, environmental justice, and the I-5 Columbia River Bridge (endorsing)
    • Building Resilience Coalition: Suite of bills relating to energy efficiency, sustainable building practices, and access to sustainable solutions for low-income Oregonians (endorsing)

View Climate Bills Archive

Securing Criminal Justice Reform

Where equal treatment and personal safety should be the most basic outcomes of policing, whole segments of our society live in fear of unwarranted harassment and violence at the hands of their sworn protectors. EMO will support emerging pieces of legislation that promote justice and equity. EMO will also support long-standing efforts to reform the criminal justice system and reduce gun violence prevention.


    • SB579 Guaranteeing the Right to Vote: Will ensure every eligible Oregonian can register to vote, update their voter registration, and vote in elections based on where they resided prior to incarceration. View EMO Testimony.

View Criminal Justice Bills Archive


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email bconroy@emoregon.org
Britt Conroy, Public Policy Advocacy Director