Is healthy, nonpartisan, political advocacy possible in this current polarized, angry social climate? Happily, the answer is yes! The Office of Government Relations of the Episcopal Church, USA is a model of nonpartisan leadership. This office has launched a new voter advocacy and education effort called Episcopal Church Election Activators and all volunteers are required to sign a pledge of nonpartisan participation. If you do not sign the pledge, you cannot participate. The Election Activator program is open to all Episcopalians in our nation, and currently there are 39 people volunteering across the US. Perhaps you will be surprised that two of the 39 people are from Connecticut. Perhaps you will be even more surprised to read that both are right here at St. James’ Episcopal Church, Danbury. The invitation to join this voter engagement effort arrived in Fr. Dustin’s email just as our Racial Justice discussion group, lead by Susie Sarkisian, was considering next steps. Coincidence? Not for Christians. Inspired by the timing and the topic, Father Dustin and I decided to find out more about this program. In the March edition of the Faith-Filled Citizen, I will tell you more about the election activator program, but for now, listen to what Bishop Michael Curry has to share about this program.
A link to a video by Bishop Curry can be found here: https://ne-np.facebook.com/TheEPPN/videos/join-episcopal-election-activators/268097695256594
Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations
All Episcopalians are invited to join the efforts of Office of Government Relations to ensure that our government policies reflect our values as followers of Jesus Christ. Over the months to come, look for more short articles like this one to keep you in the loop as a faith-filled citizen.
Saint James Episcopal Church Representatives
The Reverend Dustin Trowbridge
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