The following is adapted from an email I received from Rozella White, the Director of Young Adult Ministries in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. As a person involved in ELCA Advocacy, ELCA Racial Justice Ministries, and ELCA Young Adult Ministries in various capacities, I am extremely excited about this initiative and proud of the cooperative nature of it.
We find ourselves in the midst of another election year– one in which division and misunderstanding are sometimes paramount. In some communities, there have been policies intentionally crafted to make access to voting more difficult, even though it is the right of all American citizens. I truly believe that congregations and individuals have a role to play in encouraging activity and involvement from those within the walls of the church as well as in their communities at large. This is a great entry point, and a way to move beyond repeatedly having conversations about race, equity, justice, etc. and into meaningful action.
If you’re interested in getting involved at any level, please follow this link or contact Rozella– her contact information is listed at the bottom of the page.
I am writing to share information about a new initiative entitled #ELCAvotes. This initiative is a partnership of ELCA Advocacy, Racial Justice Ministries and Young Adult Ministry! We believe that we are called to conversation and prayer around our role as U.S. residents and as people of faith in ensuring our election systems promote dignity and respect for all. We are called to act by speaking out as advocates and engaging in local efforts to guarantee the right to vote to all citizens.
The goals of this initiative are as follows:
- Expand the role of the church in encouraging faithful and non-partisan voter participation;
- Provide a framework for all Lutherans to understand and speak out about the intersection between voting and elections, and racial and economic justice;
- Provide young adults the tools to understand and speak about what it means to be a young person of faith who is civically engaged; and
- Engage with and equip ethnic specific communities to talk about voting rights and race, and their connection with elections today.
We are asking that you share this information with your networks to encourage young adults and others to sign up to join this effort! Right now, we are collecting information of people who are interested using this form.
More information, including flyers, resources and other promotional materials, will be shared in the coming months.
If you or your network leaders have any questions, please don’t hesitate in contacting me.
Peace + Blessings,
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @ELCAyoungadults