Faith on the Ballot is a weekly sermon series leading up to the 2020 presidential election, with prominent pastors and activists lending their voices to issues that intersect with racism — the primary religious issue of this election. We believe that faith is on the ballot.
In 2020, clergy and people of faith stepped up to provide presence at the polls and protect the vote.
"To be an antiracist church is not a political statement, it is a deeply theological Christian statement."
Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III, senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, offers a sermon on the prophetic witness of the church ahead of the 2020 election.
Dr. Stephen Schneck, executive director of Franciscan Action Network, offers a Roman Catholic reflection on the deep, structural racism of American life. Beyond individual virtue, what is needed is political and social action to address the systemic and embedded racism in American institutions, social practices, and culture.
Nikki Toyama-Szeto, executive director of Christians for Social Action, offers a sermon on Acts 17:24-28, describing us as God's offspring. Toyama-Szeto explores this picture of a reality in which all people, made in the imago dei, are able to flourish.
Shane Claiborne offers a sermon on the peculiar politics of Christ.
The economic disparities in our country are enormous and have been built on structural racism resulting in an economic caste system. We, as citizens of the Kingdom of God, have a responsibility to steward our power to work on behalf of the most marginalized people in our country.
How do we, as a nation, miss Jesus in our national priorities? Is Jesus disappearing from the scene?
Rev. David Beckmann, president emeritus of Bread for the World, offers a word on world hunger in advance of the 2020 election.
Jenny Yang, vice president of policy and advocacy on refugee resettlement at World Relief, offers a sermon on the refugee crisis ahead of the 2020 election.