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

Bishop Loya called all in ECMN to pray at 12pm on Tuesdays ahead of this year's election. You can find the bulletin for this time here in English, and here in Spanish.

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 CathedralHolding 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.

ECMN Election Day Prayer Vigil

On November 3rd, while the polls are open from 7am-8pm here in Minnesota, we are going to be praying corporately each hour.

7am-7pm - Pray along on Facebook

At 7am, we’ll begin with Bishop Loya, who will help frame this day and our call as followers of Jesus.

Throughout the day, at the top of each hour, a different ECMN-er will be sharing a prayer on the ECMN Facebook page.

Each of these videos will be premiered on Facebook, which means that you can head over to the ECMN Facebook Page right now to see these scheduled prayer videos - you can click the star icon next to ‘interested’, and you’ll get pinged as the video goes live to watch it.

8pm - Compline over Zoom

At 8pm, as the polls close, all of ECMN is invited to participate in a service of Compline over Zoom. You can register for this gathering by clicking here.

Get a PDF of the Prayers

If you can’t follow along with these videos, no worries. 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.

Share Your Prayers

If you have prayers you’d like to share throughout the day, please do. We’ll be collecting offerings of prayer from folks across ECMN throughout the day, click here to submit yours.

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. 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.