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

The Prescription Drug Affordability Initiative and Faith Communities 

What is the Prescription Drug Affordability Initiative?
The Prescription Drug Affordability Initiative consists of three major components, each aiming to help control the skyrocketing prices of prescription medication. If enacted, this legislation would:

  • require major drug corporations to disclose the basis for the prices of their drugs, including generic, name brand, and specialty drugs, in a timely fashion, including how much they spend on production, research, marketing, and profits;
  • require major drug corporations to provide prior public notice if they plan on increasing the wholesale price of any name brand or specialty drug by 10% or more so that consumers can better plan for such price hikes; and,
  • authorize the Office of the Maryland Attorney General to take legal action to prevent price gouging by major drug corporations.

What can we do? 
As a faith organization, you are in a unique position to serve as a connecting bridge between vulnerable members of your community and this life-saving Initiative. You are a trusted source of information and can provide the necessary guidance that will help move this legislation forward. Steps you can take include:

  • encouraging congregants to contact their State Senators and Delegates at 410-841-3000 to urge representatives to support this legislation (organizations may also use this form to voice their support by email); and,
  • collecting stories of those impacted by prescription drug price hikes, so that these compelling testimonies may be shared. Help us connect with these individuals by emailing Catherine Kirk Robins at

To find your representatives visit 
For more information please visit or contact the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative at 410-235-9000

Problem Gambling

Problem gambling certification program
March 10, 11, 17 & 18 | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. CEU's offered!

This Clergy/Lay Ministers Certification 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).

'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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