See below for resources on these initiatives and much more, like our guide to recognizing and combatting misinformation!
October 20, 12:00pm ET Episcopal Poll Chaplains and Election Leadership Training
Clergy and lay chaplains interested in serving as a prayerful presence at the polls on Election Day are invited to register for a training webinar offered by The Episcopal Church and partnering organization Lawyers and Collars. The training will teach public faith engagement for church leaders as a prayerful presence at the polls. (Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's term for this role is “Poll Chaplains.”) Participants will learn how to provide a calm and loving presence in the way of love, the way of peace, the way of justice, and reconciliation -- that is affirmed on Election Day. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
October 20, 3:00pm ET Empowering the Vote: Voices from the Church
October 27, 3:00pm ET Voting Beyond 2020: You vote Nov. 3, now what?
Please join us on the two Tuesdays leading up to Election Day, November 3rd, for informative webinars - in collaboration with the Church’s Reconciliation, Justice & Creation Care and Ethnic Ministries departments - on empowering your vote and those in your community as well learning how to build on your advocacy from this election onward. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Both webinars will be in English, with simultaneous interpretation into Spanish available. // Los dos seminarios web estarán en inglés con interpretación en español disponible.
November 1, 4:00pm ET Holding on to Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will lead a live-streamed prayer service from Washington National Cathedral, Holding on to Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness, on All Saints Sunday, November 1, at 4:00-5:30 p.m. EST. In the midst of pandemic, racial reckoning, and a historic election, the live-streamed service will gather Americans for prayer, song, lament, hope, and a call to love God and neighbor. More information here.
Resources for Political Conversation
Equip yourself for more constructive political conversations using Make Me an Instrument of Peace: A Guide to Civil Discourse. Help bridge partisan divides, learn from others, and enlarge the sacred space for debate.
Make Me an Instrument of Peace: A Guide to Civil Discourse
Brought to you by the Office of Government Relations and Department of Faith Formation, in partnership with ChurchNext, a ministry of Forward Movement, this interactive, five-part curriculum offers hope that by using the tool of civil discourse, we can find new ways to love our neighbor.
Four ways to engage:
- Download the original PDF to use in your congregation or ministry. Each session includes specific instructions for group or forum leaders, and interactive components including prayers, discussion questions, and activities aimed at utilizing group settings for entering into deeper reflection on the primary themes. Supplemental material include Voices from the Church and the Curriculum Appendix.
- Take the interactive course complete with videos and discussion boards on your own: Make Me an Instrument For Individuals
- Take the interactive course as a group--the same material, but set up for facilitators to engage with a group. Make Me an Instrument For Groups
- While the full curriculum experience is available on ChurchNext's website in the previous links, with discussion forums, quizzes and supplemental material, you can access just the videos here.
The ChurchNext versions of the course is offered free of charge for the first 2,000 students and available on-demand.
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.
“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
You can also visit Vote America to go through each step needed to vote in this election, from checking your registration status to finding your polling place.
Check out our 2020 Vote Faithfully Election Engagement Toolkit to learn how you can help encourage voting in your community! New resources will be added to this page as they become available.
Resource on voting and homelessness: Tips for registering, requesting an absentee ballot, and voting while experiencing homelessness. If your congregation runs a homeless ministry of any kind, use this as a starting point for voter engagement with that ministry.
- EPPN Election Series: Election Process Integrity
- EPPN Election Series: Voter Access
- EPPN Election Series: What to Expect When You're Electing
Make sure to download "A Season of Prayer: For an Election," a nine-day prayer resource from Forward Movement and the Office of Government Relations. Join us in prayer October 27-November 4.
Sermons that Work Election Series: This four-part bulletin insert series features writers from around the Church sharing reflections for each of the four Sundays before Election Day. Perfect for lay or ordained Church leaders.
From The Pew to the Public Square: This resource booklet provides quick coaching in moral agency, discernment, and decision making for social and community social change. Protest Chaplaincy Training and Discussion on Faithful Civil Action: For a deeper dive in using the Pew to the Public Square tools for social change, register for the upcoming webinar on October 6th 4:00 pm EST/3:00 pm CST.
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.
From the National Association of Episcopal Schools newsletter: Impacting Your School Community in 2020: Census and Election Engagement
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Engage the 2020 Census
As an official partner of Census 2020, The Episcopal Church can help make the count as accurate as possible. 132 federal programs plus private businesses, state, and local initiatives depend on Census data for effective distribution of resources, while congressional seats are apportioned according to the Census count.
Research shows that someone is more likely to take the census if they hear about it from someone they trust. Help shape the future of your community by learning about why the census is important and how to encourage others to take it too. Our census engagement toolkit provides pointers for getting the word out and partnering with your local Complete Count Committees.
Why is the U.S. Census so important? Learn more with our Census Series:
- Week 1: Why We Count
- Week 2: Healthcare
- Week 3: Education
- Week 4: Social Safety Net Programs
- Week 5: Businesses & Infrastructure
- Week 6: What Happens Next?
Watch Presiding Bishop Curry's message about our engagement with the 2020 Census.
Accurate Count: Engage the 2020 Census: Take 30 minutes to watch this webinar on reaching immigrant communities during this 2020 Census.
Improve Your Advocacy
Whether advocating at the international, federal, state, or local level, some of the same principles of relationship building and advocacy apply. Check out these resources for guidance on becoming an even stronger advocate!
Your stories, perspectives, and commitment are all part of the way we will make change to encourage our government to enact just policies and laws.
Misinformation, Disinformation, Fake News: Why Do We Care?
As Christians, we are not called to a life of half-truths and deception. We are called to follow a God who is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). The Prayer Book also teaches that among our duties to our neighbors is “to be honest and fair in our dealings” and to “speak truth, and not mislead others by our silence.” (pg. 848) Let us therefore examine our own conduct to limit the spread of deceitful information and call upon our leaders to work towards the same.
The rapid expansion of digitalization and online platforms has enabled deceitful content to spread more rapidly and disguise itself more effectively. Disinformation campaigns are deliberately crafted to spread false or misleading information. However, it may not be the case that the campaign message itself is the actual goal. A common tactic is to first identify two pro/con groups on a divisive issue (abortion, vaccinations, climate change, and political ideology are prime examples). An effective disinformation campaign would infiltrate both sides, backing group leaders, and helping to develop echo chamber qualities in the group.
Learn more and equip yourself to recognize and overcome misinformation in this critical resource.
Lent 2020: A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Repentance Leading to Action
As the season of Lent approaches, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites Episcopalians and people of faith to turn and pray on behalf of our nation: “In times of great national concern and urgency, people of faith have returned to ancient practices of repentance, prayer and fasting as ways of interceding with God on behalf of their nation and the world. This is such a moment for us in the United States."
“For me, this call is rooted in my personal commitment to practice Jesus’s Way of Love, by which I turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go and rest in the way of our savior. Especially now, drawn together by love, hope and concern, and recalling the wisdom of our ancient traditions, I am grateful to join others in the spiritual practice of prayer, fasting and repentance for our nation." -Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Answer the call by adding your name here.