Once again we are grieving lives lost senselessly to gun violence. The lives lost just this week to hate crimes and racially motivated violence perpetrated with a gun is heart wrenching and tragic. Our faithful response to these events is to come together – support our community and one another. All across the countries vigils were held in honor and memory of the lives lost.
For love of neighbor…
For love of creation…
For love of children…
For the love of God…
Ballot initiatives are a form of direct democracy. They work as vehicles by which a petition signed by registered voters can force a public vote on a proposed statute, constitutional amendment, charter amendment or ordinance. On the state and local level, they are one of the best and most effective tools for citizens to directly influence public policy. Nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations (like churches) can endorse or oppose ballot initiatives as they are issue-based and not candidate-specific.
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.)