In the January edition of the Faith-Filled Citizen, we wrote to you about the Office of Government Relations of the Episcopal Church. Their work involves communicating the priorities and values of voting Episcopalians. In February, we introduced Episcopal Church Election Activators, and shared a message from Michael Curry about this program. In this month’s edition, we share the work of Election Activators, which varies widely depending on where they are in the country.
All Election Activators are election educators and advocates who encourage people to be informed and to vote. You will not find a one-size fits all job description because so much depends on geography and prevailing issues around voting. But there is one commonality among activators – the work must be entirely non-partisan. Some activators organize voter registration drives, while others educate about elections and government at all levels. Others organize non-partisan candidate forums at churches to help people connect to the issues. One of the most important activities is partnering with other nonpartisan voter support groups. For example, in Dec. 2021, we invited Russ and Judy Griemsmann of League of Women Voters to educate the Racial Justice Discussion Group about voter registration in Connecticut. The primary work of your Election Activators (Christine DiMeglio and Dustin Trowbridge) is education about the connection between our faith, our church, and our civic duty. See you in April with information about a new government program to encourage voter participation called Civic Voting Holidays.
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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