For starters—what is policy advocacy and how is it different from, and complementary to, political activism? How can you leverage your personal power to influence U.S. policies on a host of issues, and how is such activity an expression of carrying out our faith? This workshop from the church’s Office of Government Relations will cover the basic tools for engaging elected officials in advocacy and allow ample open space to discuss questions attendees may have around advocacy and political engagement. Being involved in the public square is a part of the church's work in the world--come learn how to engage effectively in relationship building with government officials.
Alan Yarborough, Office of Government Relations
Alan Yarborough is the church relations officer for The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations. He is primarily responsible for developing resources and training aimed at educating, equipping, and engaging the church in policy advocacy. Prior to this, he lived and worked in Haiti with the Young Adult Service Corps. He holds a BS in economics from Clemson University in South Carolina and a master’s degree in conflict analysis and resolution from the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University.