September 01, 2016Written by Jessie Palatucci
In the lead up to the November elections UCC congregations throughout the country are engaging in the Our Faith Our Vote campaign. Why are congregations engaging in this work? Hear from our friends at Grace United Church of Christ in Sauk Village, IL:
“As a classroom teacher of 7th & 8th grade students one of the most important pieces of history I taught was the 13th, 14th, & 15th Amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America.
I usually began the school year with this because I wanted them to understand why I was so passionate about them receiving a top-notch education. I wanted them to know that if it had not been for these amendments, people deemed inferior to the dominate race would not be free, have citizenship or be able to vote. I wanted them to know that a struggle took place and that many lives were lost for this victory; but it was worth the fight.
Is it still worth the fight? Absolutely! So make sure you walk, run, skip, whistle, shout, raise your hands in the air to your election polls for every election and cast your vote till death do you part.
Yours Because I love the Lord, He Heard My Cry,
Rev. Melody Seaton
Pastor of Grace UCC in Sauk Village, Illinois”
Thanks to the team at Grace United Church of Christ and Rev. Melody Seaton for sharing what inspires them to engage in the elections and work to ensure that everyone in their congregation is registered, ready and excited to vote!
Why are the elections important to you? We want to hear from you in the comments.