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Public Policy & Witness Team

Love Your Neighbor Through Public Policy

As United Methodist disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to move through our partisan divides to see and honor one another's humanity. We are called to bear witness to the love of Christ both personally and socially. In this gathering we will recognize the ways public policy can both do our loving and our harming on our behalf. This video explains how proposed Florida legislation HB7 and SB148 would have a harmful impact upon businesses and schools. Learn about how this bill, intended to ensure individual freedom for all people, unintentionally undermines that very purpose. Learn about ways you can respond to Florida legislators in ways that bear witness to the hope and love of Jesus Christ.


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.


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Worship Helps & Resources on Elections, Voter Participation & Suppression

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