A couple of weeks ago, Michael preached for Reformation Sunday about putting the protest back in Protestant. He suggested that bringing Washington, D.C. to a standstill with citizens occupying the streets might be the only way to stop the President and his administration’s wrongdoing by forcing the Republicans in the Senate to fulfill their constitutional obligation.
After worship, he asked people for their response, because he suspected his message would make some uneasy. Only one person suggested that he had gotten too partisan.
Michael believes that once someone is elected, they are rightful subjects for us to bring the prophecy of our tradition to their service as our leaders (whereas with candidates, we observe a restriction: the church can take positions on issues, but not on specific candidates).
But Michael was glad that the person shared their opinion; he likes responses to sermons, even if they are disagreements.
Anyway, we are less than a year out from the 2020 election. And there’s going to be a lot of politics in our world — in our streets, homes, workplaces and church. The UCC has prepared some help for congregations and Christians facing the year ahead and wanting to be faithful.
The United Church of Christ Washington D.C. office, in partnership with the UCC General Counsel, has created a new video resource for the “Our Faith, Our Vote” campaign. It was rolled out on Tuesday, Election Day
The video, “When Religion and Politics Meet,” provides important information for pastors and congregations engaged in the electoral process, to ensure their participation remains non-partisan.
We will watch the video in Midday Meeting on Wednesday, November 13. (We gather with brown bag lunches at 1 pm and get going at 1:30. We check in with one another. And then we will watch the video, and talk about our faith and how it calls us to engage (or not) in the politics around us…)
All are welcome!