Advocacy: Faith-Inspired Action
At Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI), we are committed to bringing healing, justice, and wholeness to people and communities. One way in which we live out our mission is through our advocacy efforts. Together with our community, we advocate for our clients, our programs, and our work.
The goal of Lutheran Advocacy Illinois is to educate Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) members in Illinois, and the greater public, about the connections between what we believe and how we act on those beliefs in public life. Lutheran Advocacy Illinois consists of advocates across the state who want to be more deeply involved in translating their Christian values into public policies to advance greater justice and compassion for all people—especially those whom Jesus referred to as the least of his brothers and sisters (Matt. 25:40).
Our strategy is based on a combination of community organizing and political organizing principles. The key elements are:
- Identifying and training thousands of Lutherans in Illinois to develop relationships with their elected officials and to demonstrate that there is grassroots support for greater justice and compassion in Illinois.
- Recruiting, training, and supporting a "Congregational Advocacy Captain" in every ELCA congregation as the key link between Lutheran Advocacy Illinois and grassroots members in that congregation.
- Offering ongoing opportunities for training and engagement through action alerts, district visits, and the annual Lutheran Day in Springfield.
When timely opportunities arise for us to make our voices heard locally and, in turn, in Washington, we often need to act quickly, sometimes within 24 hours. Make sure you receive our action alerts by Liking our Facebook page. We often share these opportunities via our weekly email listserv, which highlights additional topics of interest to LSSI supporters. Sign up for our weekly emails.
In this section, we will share active opportunities for you to contact your legislators and play an important role in speaking up for people who need our collective voices to support them. If you do not see any campaigns, check back later as these get updated throughout the year based on related needs and opportunities.
Every year in partnership with other Lutheran organizations, LSSI organizes Lutheran Day, an event that traditionally gathers people of faith and their friends in Springfield to learn more about how they can become involved in our advocacy efforts and have meaningful and confident conversations with their Illinois congressional representatives. Learn more at LutheranDay.org.
If you have any questions about LSSI's work in advocacy, please contact Joy Medrano, Director for Volunteer Engagement and Disaster Preparedness/Coordinator for Lutheran Disaster Response - Illinois, at Joy.Medrano@LSSI.org or 847.635.4653847.635.4653.