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
MakeAPlanToVote.com: Register to vote electronically and understand your voting options. Available in English and Spanish.
- MyVoteProject.com: Search candidates and policies based on your zip code.
- Find Your Supervisor of Elections: Track the status of your mail-in ballots.
- Voting for Justice: Central Florida candidate guide
- Vote411: Personalized ballot information
- League of Women Voters of Florida
- Engaging in the Electoral Process
- A Crisis of Faith & Democracy: A Statement by United Methodist Bishops in the United States
- Guidance for Florida United Methodists in the Upcoming General Election 2020
Shareable Outreach Materials
Flyers - Vote-by-Mail Myths vs. Facts
Worship Helps & Resources on Elections, Voter Participation & Suppression
Royal Psalms Liturgy: For Times of Public Elections: Prayer before the Service; Call to Worship; Prayers of Thanksgiving and Confession; Declaration of Forgiveness; Scripture Readings; Children's Address; Prayers of the People; Word of Mission
Liturgical Resources for Christian Worship in collaboration with the Poor People’s Campaign: Scripture Notes; Videos; Sample Intercessions; Bible Studies; Multi-faith Responsive Reading; Music; Images
Prayers from the Presbyterian Church: At the time of an Election; During a National Crisis; For Responsible Citizenship; For Government Leaders; For State and Local Governments
Prayers for the Elections from the Episcopal Church: Collect for Social Justice; Collect for an Election; Collect for the Nation; Collect for our Country
Vote Faithfully Toolkit: Worship resources & prayers; Action steps to mobilize your community
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
Featuring: Rev. Dr. Brett Opalinski, Pastor, Christ Church UMC
Episode 2: Why is it Difficult to Talk about Racism?
Featuring: Rev. Dwayne Craig, Pastor, East Naples UMC