Advocacy Resources

Advocacy Resources

Tips for Working with Politicians (pdf)
Practical advice about visits, letter-writing and other ways to build relationships with elected officials.

Template for a Letter to a Politician (pdf)

Social Justice and Advocacy Parish Outreach Guide (pdf)

National Housing Day Guide (pdf)
This guide, with basic info on the affordable housing crisis and parish action ideas, was produced for National Housing Day, Nov. 22, 2012, but the information and suggestions are still relevant today.

Tools for Advocacy Workshop Outline (pdf)
This workshop leads participants through the basics of advocacy, building on their experience and interests. If you are interested in a workshop in your area, contact Elin Goulden at 416-363-6021, ext. 240 (toll-free 1-800-668-8932).


Video: “Out of Poverty – From Charity to Justice”

This five-minute video gives basic facts on poverty and how you can respond. It is ideal for parish use. We invite you to share it on Facebook or Twitter!

A longer version (18 minutes) is also available, along with a users’ guide (pdf).


Educational Resources

Poverty is No Game
This board game is a powerful exercise to help people understand what it is like to live in poverty. It puts participants into the shoes of a person who struggles to meet their basic expenses and includes a debriefing about the issues involved. To hold an event in your parish, contact Social Justice and Advocacy Committee member Kyn Barker who can lead your group through this two hour process at no charge at

A Theology of Taxation Reflection Paper
This paper reflects on how our Christian faith can inform our thinking about taxes and taxation rates.

Charity with Justice Workshop
A dynamic, engaging, and free workshop offered by the Social Justice and Advocacy Department, Charity with Justice explores what charity and justice meant in Biblical times. It looks at how we can embody the Biblical principles of charity and justice in our lives today, how parishes can engage in justice and charity work, and how the Diocese can support your work. It involves audience participation and small group discussion. Host parishes are asked only to provide a space, advertising, and light refreshments to attendees. To learn more or book a workshop in your parish, contact Elin Goulden at or 416-363-6021, ext. 240.