We work to advocate for the under-served, disadvantaged, disenfranchised, and often voiceless members of society in Connecticut on whose behalf and for whose just treatment we advocate in the public policy arena, playing a role unique among Conferences of the United Church of Christ.
How does the Conference decide on which issues to take a stand?
Social policy opinions are decided by the lay delegates and clergy who attend and vote at the Conference's annual meetings. Their resolutions speak for the Conference, but not necessarily its member congregations or individuals.
There are many ways your church can get involved in legislative advocacy work. Here are some:
Our moral voice is needed at the State Capitol and legislators want to hear your voice! Establish a relationship with your State Representative and State Senator. Call their office and set up a meeting to see them so we can talk about the issues that are important to CTUCC. Michele Mudrick,your CTUCC Legislative Advocate, will help you plan this meeting, attend this meeting with you and invite other constituents to attend the meeting. Michele will be keeping track of which legislators CTUCC people are meeting with and making calls to. Please email Michele at email@example.com to let her know who you called and any conversations you had.
Openstates.org is a helpful site with information on finding your legislators and searching bills.
You can also find out who your legislators are here: www.cga.ct.gov and scroll down to “Find your legislator.”
Invite Essex UCC member and former Congressman Bob Steele to come and speak to your congregation about the dangers of another casino being built in Connecticut. Bob is working with Michele in building a Coalition against Casino Expansion in Connecticut and we need your help about sharing the social and economic costs of having another casino in our state. You can see the interview Bob Steele did with Rev. Kent Siladi at right. Find out more on the No More Casinos in Connecticut website, which the Conference is co-sponsoring. Reach Bob Steele at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Write letters to the editor about issues that are most important to you or start a letter writing campaign for an issue dear to your heart.
Work with Michele in submitting written testimony for bills we are working on. Visit the website frequently to get updates on what bills to submit written testimony for. Or Join the CTUCC Advocate Corps, a group of individuals dedicated to addressing specific bills when called upon by Michele. Complete this form to sign up for the Advocate Corps.
Please reach out to Michele Mudrick if you have any questions, want to learn more or get involved. Thank you for your support in advocating for justice on behalf of the marginalized and voiceless in our state.