This isn't just an election: It's a moral referendum. What kind of country do we want to be: One fueled by bigotry and hatred, or one grounded in revolutionary love? God calls us to do everything in our power to build a world where everyone has healthcare, where every person is fed and housed, where migrants are enthusiastically welcomed and we honor our relationship with creation. We are morally bound to ensure that children are no longer kidnapped, indigenous sacred lands are protected, and Black Lives Matter. Love and justice must be our watchwords—not law and order.
And we also need to take care of ourselves and one another in this work. This road is not easy, and we will not be able to create a beloved community through policy if we don't begin living into that ethic today!
Need some ideas about how we get there? Here are 12 ways to love in this election:
1. Be informed! Know your polling location, how to volunteer to be a poll worker, information on absentee ballots, where to drop off your ballot, early voting tips, and more. And then educate others! Click here to learn more.
2. Watch and share this inspirational talk from LaTosha Brown, founder of Black Voters Matter, from Middle's Freedom Lab. And join us on Wednesday, October 21st at 8:00 p.m. for the premiere of Faith Vote 2020: Answering the Urgent Call to Justice. Rev. Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft will speak on the panel after the showing.
3. Learn how to see all the people as fully human so you vote for love; subscribe to the Learning How to See podcast with Jacqui Lewis, Fr. Richard Rohr and Brian McLaren.
4. Know your history and why voting is important! Watch Good Trouble the John Lewis documentary and read Carol Anderson's One Person No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy.
5. The Poor People's Campaign is asking everyone to take the “Each Reach Ten” Prophetic Pledge and to lift up a prophetic message. This means each person pledges to reach out to at least ten people asking them to vote their values in the November 3rd election. Want to do more than ten? Register here to phonebank or textbank often overlooked poor and low income voters in key battleground states.
Second, raise your prophetic voice by creating and submitting a 30 - 60 second video answering the question, "What does it mean to do MORE (Mobilizing, Organizing, Registering and Educating People for a Movement that Votes) as a person of faith?" These videos should be sent to email@example.com and shared widely on your social media.
6. Attend Middle's Poll Chaplain Training on October 26, 7:00 p.m. ET, offered in conjunction with the New Georgia Project.
7. Join our Voter Reform Team for upcoming text- and phone-a-thons by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. Attend Rev. Amanda's conversation, "How to Talk about Abortion with Folks you Might not Agree With" with Denise Hamilton and Jenna Arnold on October 19th at 6:00 p.m. ET. Get your ticket here. And join our "Organizing White Voters for Collective Liberation," discussion on October 25 at 3:00 p.m. ET
11. Donate to our fund for Black lives, which dedicates money to help fight voter suppression.
12. Share your voting plan with us!! Tag @middlechuch with #VoteJustLove so we can amplify your plan and encourage others to make their own.