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Joe Biden has been declared the winner in the United States Presidential Election. The election is over and the people have spoken. We want to congratulate President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris and are hopeful about their commitment to both healing and change. As Christians we are called to love our neighbors and our enemies and prioritize protecting the most vulnerable while advancing the common good. This is a moment in which both political and faith leaders must find the courage and resolve to put our country and the common good over political idolatry and naked ambition. Leaders must stop making reckless statements about election fraud without evidence that continue to stoke partisan and political flames. We are calling for unity in this moment.
November 4, 2020 – A network of over 1,000 clergy across the country volunteered as poll chaplains across nine states at over 60 different polling sites to ensure all voters had access to a fair, free and safe voting experience. The states include AL, AZ, FL, GA, MI, NC, OH, PA, WI. Under the brand of Turnout Sunday/Lawyers & Collars Campaign, the “poll chaplains” were an organized group of interfaith, multiracial leaders, supported by election protection lawyers, that provided peace and power to vulnerable voters on Election Day.
October 20, 2020 – Three national faith-based nonprofits have joined forces to connect a network of clergy across the U.S. that will ensure all voters have access to a fair, free and safe voting experience. Organized under the brands of 2020 Turnout Sunday and Lawyers & Collars Campaign, the effort is recruiting “poll chaplains” among interfaith leaders along with church-based lawyers to provide moral and legal support at polling sites of vulnerable voters. It will address suppression tactics in nine battleground states at 60 polling sites in four key cities in each state.
Washington, D.C., October 8, 2020 – A diverse group of Christian leaders from the Circle of Protection released a video of Democratic presidential nominee, Vice President Joe Biden, discussing the specific steps he will take to address hunger, poverty, and racial inequity in
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In nine of those battleground states, the Lawyers and Collars initiative – part of a partnership between multiple faith-based and civil rights groups – has signed up more than 100 religious leaders to serve as poll chaplains at more than 60 voting sites. The initiative also partners faith leaders and lawyers at polling places considered particularly vulnerable to disruption.“We’ve never done it at this level before,” said the Rev.
Last week, I sat on my couch watching a news report on long lines forming for early voting in Texas and Georgia — record turnouts despite cuts in the number of polling places and ballot drop boxes, ordered by those states’ white, Republican governors in an attempt to suppress the vote.
There’s nothing inherently conservative about evangelical Christianity, for Black evangelicals mostly vote Democratic and there is a long tradition of liberal evangelicals from Martin Luther King Jr. to Jimmy Carter to the writer Jim Wallis. But in recent decades, white evangelicals have mostly voted Republican, and Duford and others engaged in the new outreach acknowledge that many find it somewhere between scary and unthinkable to break that tradition.
Throughout the spring, I knew that I was deteriorating physically. The room would randomly spin around me, fatigue would set in and migraines would hit, distorting my vision and making it nearly impossible to look at a screen.
In nearly every presidential election cycle, a narrow set of so-called religious issues comes to the fore. In recent decades that set has been abortion, LGBTQ rights and religious liberty. Candidates fall on one side or the other, and predictable controversies erupt. It’s exhausting to see people of faith lumped into a media narrative that largely only follows white Christians.