Advocacy Resources

Prayer Resources

Outreach and Advocacy prayer cycle
The Outreach and Advocacy Prayer Cycle contains intercessory prayers for the efforts of Anglicans across the diocese to build peace and justice. It is also available as a Word document or a brochure. If you’d like copies mailed to you, contact Elin Goulden.

Bulletin Inserts
With Archbishop Johnson’s support, the diocesan team periodically produces bulletin inserts that are used in churches across the diocese and sometimes adapted by other dioceses, as well. These inserts typically include a theological reflection and action ideas. They are produced and distributed for use on specific Sundays but are applicable year-round if your church happened to miss one. Below are links to our most recent bulletins:

Earth Sunday: April 24, 2016

Advocacy Tools

Social Justice and Advocacy Parish Outreach Guide (pdf)

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

Quick facts on hunger and homelessness (pdf)
Print out this fact sheet for reference

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).

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.

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).

Strategy Papers

Diocesan Council has approved strategy development papers concerning three major advocacy priorities for our diocese: homelessness and affordable housing, child poverty and HIV/AIDS:

Combatting Homelessness and Promoting Affordable Housing (pdf)
This 2004 strategy paper includes analysis of the issue, how the Gospel calls us to respond, and action suggestions.

Leave No Child Behind: Ending Child Poverty (pdf)
This 2005 strategy paper includes analysis, how Anglicans are responding, and action ideas.

No More Turning Away: Responding to AIDS (pdf)
This 2006 strategy paper outlines key facts about the AIDS pandemic, along with information on how Anglicans are responding to people affected by it, both in Canada and abroad.

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 barker@rogers.com.

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 egoulden@toronto.anglican.ca or 416-363-6021, ext. 240.