Word to the Church
Presiding Bishop Curry
September 16, 2020
Getting souls to the polls isn’t just about casting our own vote, but about working together so we all can vote and vote faithfully. We can empower every voice in our congregations in this work.
Forward Movement and The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations are calling Episcopalians and all others to join in A Season of Prayer: For an Election. Join us October 27-November 4. Sign up for email updates below. We come together, asking God for courage and wisdom, thanking God for love and joy. As we move toward the election of leaders for the United States, may we all join in a season of prayer, committing to offer to God our fears and frustrations, our hopes and dreams. A novena is an ancient tradition of nine days of devotional prayers, often with a specific intention. In this case, we pray for discernment in voting and for the well-being of our nation. Starting October 27 and continuing through the day after the election, we invite you to pray for the election of leaders in the United States. Materials are available below in English and Spanish for use at home or to share with you congregation. These prayers, drawn from The Book of Common Prayer, can be printed out and tucked in a Bible or prayer journal. The prayers will also be posted daily on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, #seasonofprayer. Check back soon to download the images to share on your own social media accounts.
Election Season Resources
- DELAWARE VOTER INFORMATION
- Voting Our Creation Care Values
- Practice care of creation by engaging in the election process with these resources on creation care and the 2020 election.
- Plan Your Vote
- Research shows that having a plan to vote increases the likelihood of voting. Use this guide to create your voting plan.
- An online curriculum, “Make Me an Instrument of Peace: A Guide to Civil Discourse,” from the Office of Government Relations.
- “Learn, Pray, Act: Resources for Responding to Racist Violence,” curated by our staff for Racial Reconciliation and Justice and the Office of Government Relations.
- Resources from the Center for Racial Healing in the Diocese of Atlanta
- “With Malice Toward None,” a program designed for churches and groups to provide a way for understanding and healing for all sides of our political divisions for both before and after the November election.
- Voting while experiencing homelessness
- A brief resource highlighting specific tips for voting while homeless.
- Elections overview from the Public Affairs Office of the Episcopal Church
“It is a Christian obligation to vote, and more than that, it is the church’s responsibility to help get souls to the polls.” -Presiding Bishop Michael Curry