Campaigning season is upon us- and with that comes political ads in all shapes and sizes. We’re inundated with television commercials telling us which candidate supports which issues and now with social media there are more places to be targeted for political ads.
There is a non-partisan way that people of faith can make a difference this election season: phone banking. At notable rates, those who care about the environment fail to vote compared to the rest of the population. All of this can change when those who care about the environment receive a phone call or text reminding them to vote.
In 2016 only 61.4 percent of eligible voters turned out at the polls. Many of those who failed to cast a ballot did didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. Through the Our Faith Our Vote campaign we are working to ensure that all the people in our pews are empowered to lift their voices this November. Will you commit to making sure that everyone in you congregation is registered and ready to vote? (Read more.)
We are confronted with injustice every day and sometimes the problems of our world seem too big to confront. But our faith is infused with hope and built on a foundation of action. While it is tempting to disengage from the political process, as people dedicated to creating a just world for all we know that we cannot. One of the best ways we can work for change is by voting. Not convinced? Here are 9 reasons that you should vote (and tell your friends to vote too).
‘Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet!’ - Isaiah 58:1
In Hebrew Scripture the word most often translated “voice” is “qol.” This is also the word translated as noise, or sound, or vote. In a broader sense, I would say the Hebrew word, qol, simply means letting oneself be heard. Using our voice to make a sound is certainly one way to be heard, and using our vote is another. (Read more.)
After a bitter and bruising election season, we come to this moment. I am so grateful for the many ways that UCC members and churches worked to lift up the voices and concerns of the marginalized – the poor, the unhoused, the vulnerable. You registered, educated, mobilized and prayed with the people of your community. (Read more.)
For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will set me high on a rock. -- Psalm 27:5
If the Christmas story has faded from your memory, here’s a reminder. Mary and Joseph journeyed from Nazareth to Bethlehem to be registered for a census--and the Son of God was born. Jesus was born an immigrant in Herod’s land, but God covered him with His hand.
That’s what the United Church of Christ feels we’re called to do - welcome and cover immigrants with our hands. After all, in the beginning, our nation was a community of immigrants. (Read more.)
Plymouth Church in Milwaukee is working hard to make sure that every voice is heard in this election. They’ve teamed up with a local nonprofit, Pathfinders, to ensure that homeless and vulnerable youth know that their vote matters.
Following their voter registration and education sessions, Plymouth and Pathfinders decided to have some fun with their get out the vote efforts. (Read more.)
Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one bungler destroys much good. Ecclesiastes 9:18
Some might say weapons have been chosen over wisdom for as long as we can remember. Even as our nation and other countries use diplomacy and development to build peace, weapons have far too often been used against others. Military action-focused foreign policy has become one of the most popular and socially acceptable tools of mass destruction. (Read more.)
If you remember nothing else from Sunday School, one thing may stick with you. In the beginning, the Creator created the heavens and the Earth. Don’t take my word for it. Genesis says so. The Creator not only made the day, but our world.
Caring for it shows respect to our Creator. We remember our parents telling us that respecting our environment translated into respect for them. We’ve probably told our own children just as much. (Read more.)