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Congregational Life: Social Justice: Census & Voting

online and in-person connections for service and justice work

Welcome

Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources to help congregational leaders encourage congregational engagement in ending voter suppression and encouraging people to vote. Here you'll find opportunities for:

  • Books for Adults & Booklists for Children & Tweens & Teens
  • Discussion & Sermon Prompts
  • Get-Out-the-Vote Toolkits, How-Tos, & Websites
  • Judicatory & Interfaith Resources
  • Voting Rights for All
  • Worship/Liturgical Elements & Inspirations

If you don't find a resource to fit your need, don't hesitate to consult with The Ministry Lab's director, Rev. Emily Meyer, who is happy to assist you.

Discussion & Sermon Prompts

At brainpickings.org: Maria Popova cites: Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower (public library) and Parable of the Talents (public library).

Rev. Dr. Michael Piazza writes in his 09.14.20 Liberating Word, "If those words from Ms. Butler don't motivate you to pray and get involved in the election, I'm not sure what will."

Peter Wallace's blog post Anger in the Service of Justice: Following Jesus’ Example offers helpful biblical context and grounding.

Diana Butler Bass offers essential insights in New Old-Time Religion: Shall the Fundamentalists Win This Time?

In Pastoral Is Political: "Pastor, Stay in Your Lane!", Sharon Temple wonders what would happen if clergy doubled-down on the theology of baptism and if we first focus on who we are voting as, before we consider who to vote for.

Smiling person holding a VOTE button   The Church and Election Day

Doug Powe and Ann Michel of the Lewis Center staff say there is much a church can do to encourage people to vote, ensure that voting occurs in a safe and secure manner, and encourage hope and civility in this polarized time.

Straight, White, Christian, Married, Suburban Mom

Hell hath no fury like a suburban mom scorned

by Diana Butler Bass

Westminster Town Hall Forum: 

JOSÉ ANTONIO VARGAS

Democracy in the Eyes of an Undocumented Citizen

 

 

Westminster Town Hall Forum: 

LATOSHA BROWN

Ensuring Black Voters Matter

Toolkits, How-To's, and Websites

Election Protection Resources for Religious Communities

This publicly available toolkit is designed for faith, religious, and spirit-rooted communities that are mobilizing to protect the vote in the 2020 general election.

Please share widely using bit.ly/faithfulelection, and submit additional resources here.

Check your voter registration status

All Minnesota voters are eligible to vote by mail.   

Mobilize America offers a one-stop-shop to help you get out the vote!

 TurnOut Sunday

Turn Out Sunday / Lawyers and Collars toolkitWatch two inspiring videos (and share with your congregation!) and learn how you can support voter turnout, safeguard polling areas and ensure that every vote is counted.

Joy to the Polls 

Gather your musicians and join the Joy to the Polls Music De-Escalation Plan! A fun way to spread some joy, keep folks in long voting lines feeling good and do some community outreach/PR - all at the same time!

Voting Rights for All

Vote.org and whenweallvote.org, offer non-partisan resources about voter registration and the how-tos of voting.

Voters of color will find Color of Change's resources on votingwhileblack.comwevotewecount.org has resources for multiple communities. 

LGBTQ Voters can find resources at The Task Force's Queer the Vote and the Human Rights Campaign's Voting Center.

#ELCAVotes

Tools for talking with American citizens eligible to vote who are living with a disability.

And/or see: The Autism Self Advocacy Network's (ASAN) online toolkit, which walks a person through the process of registering, getting a mail-in ballot, and more.

Download the toolkit's chapter, “All About Voting” (PDF) and/or the Easy Read toolkit called Your Vote Counts: A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Voting in the U.S.

ASAN and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law created a plain-language guide to voting rights for people with mental disabilities, including people under guardianship.

The Autism Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) has resources online that walk a person through the process of registering, getting a mail-in ballot, and more. All About Voting and Your Vote Counts: A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Voting in the U.S. may be the most helpful.

ASAN and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law created a plain-language guide to voting rights for people with mental disabilities, including people under guardianship.

Judicatory & Interfaith Resources & Guidelines

Specifically from our faith communities:

     

UCC and ecumenical faith leaders speak out about voting

Rev. Sheri Prestemon's article: Where Faith and Politics Meet

Vigils & Litanies

Worship Resources for a National Election pdf & Word

Election Day community engagement & worship planning resources

   from A Sanctified Art; free and downloadable

Rev. Elsa Cook offers Pandemic Prayers for Proper 27, including prayers, confession and response music (from The Many).

Books

          Faith on Trial               Let My People Vote     Our Time Is Now               

Children, Tweens, & Teens

citizenship - small.jpg     Chapter Books about Citizenship