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A Theological Statement On Voter Participation & Suppression


As Christians, we affirm that all people are made in the image of God and are all of sacred worth. Consequently, we believe that all should be treated equally with respect to rights, mutual respect, and voice. We name and lament any effort to deny, deter, or delegitimize a person’s right to vote as sins of injustice. As United Methodists, “[w]e hold governments responsible for the protection of the rights of the people to free and fair elections…The form and the leaders of all governments should be determined by exercise of the right to vote guaranteed to all adult citizens” (The Book of Discipline. “Social Principles,” paragraph 164, p. 138). Therefore, we partner with God to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to express their voice. In our American context, this expression includes the right to vote. Read the full statement here.
 
Click the video link to learn about the history of voter suppression and how we can all change the narrative by voting this fall.

 

 

 

Voting Information Links

 

Shareable Outreach Materials

Flyers - Vote-by-Mail Myths vs. Facts
 
Voting - English
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Voting - Spanish
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Voting - Creole
Download Haitian Creole Version

 

 

 

 

Worship Helps & Resources on Elections, Voter Participation & Suppression

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Video Resources

Beyond Fear Video Series - Conversations and race, racism and the Christian witness
Episode 1: Marxism, Communism & Socialism -- Ways Conversations on Race and Civil Rights are Demonized