Powerful Reflections from our Collegium of Officers

Powerful Reflections from our Collegium of Officers

In the weeks leading up to the election our denominational leaders have been sharing personal reflections on why they vote. Read these heart-felt and inspiring pieces.


Because I have Faith, In Cleveland I vote!
Written by W. Mark Clark | October 29, 2012

I grew up in a family for whom not voting was not an option.  My father started his public education career as a 7th grade teacher of history, especially American history and civics.  As a World War II veteran, he was filled with patriotism and worked hard to infuse all of us with that spirit.  In our family, politics was a regular topic of conversation.  Civic participation was one of our family values. (Read more.)

Our Faith, Our Vote, God's World
Written by Rev. James Moos | October 22, 2012

I vote because I am a citizen.  Yes, I am a citizen of the United States and I take civic responsibilities seriously.  More importantly, however, I am a citizen of God’s realm; as such I am called to live out my faith in the public arena.  This means casting my vote not out of economic self-interest, but for the sake of all of God’s people and all of creation, and especially on behalf of the vulnerable and powerless. (Read more.)

Because elections have consequences: I vote
Written by Rev. J. Bennett Guess | October 15, 2012

I was 10 years old when our family friend, Bill McClure, ran for Circuit Court Clerk in Henderson, Ky., and I was tapped to be the campaign’s youth chair for the Highlander Acres precinct. Obviously, it was a highly coveted political appointment, and I took my position quite seriously, knocking on more than 200 doors, explaining why my piano teacher’s husband, Mr. McClure, would be far better at issuing state drivers licenses than the incumbent. (Read more.)

My Faith My Vote
Written by Rev. Geoffrey Black | October 8, 2012

I am a believer and I vote.  I might amplify that statement with this.  Because I am a believer and a disciple of Jesus, I vote.  My faith, my basic beliefs and the act of voting are integral to each other.  So, I begin with a foundational teaching of Jesus and of the Judeo-Christian tradition.  In the Gospel According to Mark Chapter 12 one of the scribes asked Jesus, “Which commandments is the first of all?”  Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear O Israel: the Lord our God is one; you shall love the lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  The second is this, ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no commandment greater than these.”  In response to the scribe, I like to say, Jesus leads with love – love of God, love of neighbor and love of self.  As with faith and voting, I understand that these two commandments are integral to each other. (Read more.)

Why I Vote
Written by Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo | October 1, 2012

As far back as I can remember my Mom and Dad were engaged in public life, taking their civic responsibilities seriously at the local, state, and national level.  It may come as a surprise to learn that for years my parents did not belong to the same political party – one was democrat and the other republican.  However, it did not get in the way of them learning all they could about candidates and issues.  These discussions and debates were common in household conversations especially during the election season.  I can still hear my Mother, who came from a community cloaked with injustice, calling on people to step up and step out.  So, first, I give credit to my parents for the significant role they played as involved community members. (Read more.)

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