Advocacy Tools & Resources

“We are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside… but one day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed.  … After you lift so many people out of the ditch you start to ask, maybe the whole road to Jericho needs to be repaved.”

– Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Current Issues

Problem Gambling

The Maryland Council on Problem Gambling (MCPG) is excited to share their new Live Problem Gambling Webinar Series. The series consists of three FREE one-hour webinars that cover a range of topics related to problem gambling. This is a great educational option for those who cannot attend the June Clergy/Lay Ministers Problem Gambling Credential (IGCCB) Training. For questions about the MCPG courses, contact .

These webinars are currently scheduled:

Problem Gambling and Faith Community Awareness | June 20, 2017, 11 am–12 pm
Culture Matters! Faith/Spiritual Support/Outreach to Problem Gamblers and Loved OnesJune 26, 2017, 12 pm–1 pm
How to Have the Conversation with Problem Gamblers and Loved Ones | June 26, 2017, 12 pm–1 pm

The Clergy/Lay Ministers Credential is designed to provide basic knowledge about gambling addiction, problem gambling, treatment and recovery resources to enhance the clergypersons' and lay ministers' skills at recognizing compulsive gambling; and, to provide information for the gambler’s family on dealing with their loved one’s addiction.

This specialized 24-Hour Training for Clergy and Lay Ministers leads to IGCCB Certification (Non-Clinical). The Clergy/Lay Minister Certification prepares those working and serving in faith/spiritual settings to provide for persons seeking help for problem gambling (directly and/or indirectly affected), initial intervention through education, referral assistance, support group referral and enhancement, and spiritual support (specific to gamblers and their loved ones). For additional information, contact  .


'There is no holiness but social holiness'

United Methodists work in partnership, actively lobbying local, state and national legislators, especially on such issues as homelessness, health care, immigration, violence prevention, worker justice, human trafficking, and the death penalty. Our stance on these issues is found in the Book of Resolutions and the church’s Social Principles

The Social Principles center around the themes of the:

During the next four years, the Board of Church and Society will lead a global process of revising the denomination’s Social Principles

A companion litany to the Social Creed is available for worship. 

As part of advocacy ministry, United Methodists work in partnership with other faith groups:

Make your voice heard

Contact a Maryland state legislator

State House
Annapolis, MD 21401
Senate: 410-841-3700
House of Delegates: 410-841-3800

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Contact a West Virginia state legislator

Building 1 1900 Kanawha Blvd.
Charleston, W. Va. 25305
888-438 2731

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Contact the D.C. City Council

Government of the District of Columbia
1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
Citywide Call Center: 202-727-1000

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Contact members of Congress or the federal government

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