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Faith Community’s Role in the Census
Reaching Americans where they live, work, and pray is a key strategy of the U.S. Census Bureau and MeckCounts as we begin the once-a-decade count of everyone who lives in our community.
Preachers, priests, rabbis, and imams are trusted voices in our community, and we hope you will join us in spreading the word that responding to the 2020 Census is convenient, safe, required and important.
Here are some things you can do.
- Mention the Census in your Bulletin. This short article can be used in your faith bulletin, on your website, and in your email communications.
- Share Information During Services. This short announcement can be shared before or after services.
- Mention the Census In Your Signage. Here’s an example of how you could highlight the census on your church’s exterior signs.
National Event: Census From The Pulpit
On Wednesday, February 28, the U.S. Census Bureau convened faith-based leaders from around the country for the 2020 Census Interfaith Summit to discuss the importance of encouraging members of their communities to respond to the 2020 Census. Representing a diverse range of religions, leaders and attendees participated in a robust discussion with Census Bureau officials at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
These leaders highlighted the importance of ensuring the 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States, no matter their faith or religion. Here you can find a video of the event.
The U.S. Census Bureau is the inviting faith organizations across the country to participate in Census Worship Weekend, March 27–29. We are asking our community to do the same. Whether you are a faith leader or congregant, we encourage you to talk about the census during your services over that weekend and share the message in other ways. You can use the ideas above, or download this Census Fact Sheet for more ideas.