Jesus in the Public Square
As followers of Jesus, we are called to partisan neutrality, but not moral neutrality. That's why it's essential for us, as Minnesota Episcopalians, to follow Jesus' example and step into the public square. ECMN is releasing resources to help faith communities as they engage in this contentious election season.
Resources Leading Up to the Election
Voter and Civic Engagement - Resources from the Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Church Office of Governmental Regulations has curated a wealth of resources ranging from voter registration to civil discourse to advocacy. Their resources range from articles to concrete examples from faith communities to curriculum and online learning opportunities. You can find all of these resources here.
ECMN - Weekly Prayer
A Season of Prayer for an Election
Forward Movement has developed a series of 9 daily prayers that they're inviting folks around the nation to engage in ahead of November's election. You can download the pdf of these prayers here, or sign up to receive them each day in your email inbox by clicking here.
These resources can be found in Spanish here.
Holding Onto 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 3 to 4:30 p.m. 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.
The service will include prayers offered by two ECMN young people: Ahzriel Wouters (Grade 10 - St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Detroit Lakes, MN) and Audrey Ehling (Grade 12 - Calvary Episcopal Church, Rochester, MN).
A live prayer hotline in English and Spanish will be open during the service, staffed by Episcopal clergy and chaplains, in partnership with TryTank at Virginia Theological Seminary and General Theological Seminary. The hotline will be open from from 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. EST from November 1 to November 5.
The service will be livestreamed on The Episcopal Church’s Facebook page or through the website of the National Cathedral here in English and Spanish from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Click here for more information, including resources and ideas for how to engage the service as a congregation, small group or individual.
Election Day Prayer Vigil
As followers of Jesus, one of the most powerful tools we have is prayer. Prayer changes us, prayer offers hope and connection, and Jesus says that prayer matters.
On the day of the election, Tuesday, November 3rd, from the time that polls open in the morning until they close at the end of the day, all in ECMN are invited to observe a vigil of prayer. Each hour on the ECMN Facebook Page, you can pray along with leaders from across the state, or you can pray at your own pace through these prayers by downloading this PDF.
However you choose to observe, it's important that we, as followers of Jesus, center ourselves in the wider story of the movement of God in us and in the world.