These posts are a collection of community-sourced information and resources for the times we are currently living in. We will continue to update the information on each post until the next one is published, so feel free to check back in!
NOTE: Orange text is a clickable link that will take you to the item!
Click the plus next to each heading to see what’s listed underneath.
- Shine On the Vote
- Waiting in Prayer for the Election, Raleigh Mennonite Church — A Timetable for Prayer
- Pray as You Go Election Vigil, Shalom Mennonite Church, Ann Arbor MI
- From Daryl Snider, shared through the EMU Center for Justice & Peacebuilding / STAR network: Before, During and After Election 2020 Self/ Community Care Worksheet
- Mennonite Church USA calls for bold peacemaking. See Resources for Peacemaking Preparedness below.
- AMBS Witness Colloquium Series: Understanding and Engaging Movements for Justice
- Online Nonviolent Direct Action (NVDA) trainings with Christian Peacemaker Teams
- Election Guide/ How to stop a coup/ training featuring Quaker George Lakey
- East Point Peace Academy
- PJSN Bystander Intervention
- “Who Will Be a Witness?” by Drew G.I. Hart (book)
- United Church of Christ – Recorded Events to Watch Anytime
- Webinar on Election Security
- Spiritual Witness at the Polls
- Confronting Authoritarianism with Courageous and Compassionate Conversation
- Bring Spirit to the Polls
- includes interview with Southern Freedom Fighter Ruby Sales
- PROTECT THE ELECTION Save the Election Protection Hotline in your phone, so that if you encounter problems with voting, you are ready.
- 866-OUR-VOTE ((866) 687-8683)
- State by State Election Protection Contacts:
Prayers, Inspiration & Self-care
- From Jim Bowman: Fascinating Relief from Election Stress from the New York Times
- Song: “There is more love somewhere” by Bernice Johnson Reagon
- Song: “Baba Yetu”/The Lord’s Prayer
Art by Annali Cooke
Benediction from CMCL’s Nov 1 Service
May you know the work
that is yours to do.
May you give yourself
to the doing of it.
May the Spirit who has
move through you
and with grace.
– from In the Sanctuary of Women by Jan Richardson, janrichardson.com
The day after the election,there will still be kind souls andseekers of peace.There will still be places of silence andnatural beauty.People will still die andbabies will still be born.Teachers will still teach andpreachers will still preach.
The day after the election,there will still be hurting people andcompassionate healers.There will still be injustices andpassionate justice-seekers.There will still be intelligent andthoughtful people.There will still be poets and musicians anddancers and artists–hallelujah!The day after the election,there will still be love, lovers andromance.There will still be prayer andpeople of deep faith.There will still be violence andbroken relationships.There will still be authenticity andtruth and intimacy.There will be weariness and despair andthere will still be strength and hope.There will still be Divine Love andSources of Deep Peace.The day after the election,there will still be ME,there will still be YOU,there will still be US,and more than ever, there will still beneed for community and oneness,holding each other, loving each other, and“helping each other to make it through.”*
(*phrase borrowed from Wailin’ Jennies’ song “One Voice”)________
Leader: Some trust in governments and some in borders,
All: but we trust in God, who invites all people to live in peace.
Left: For the earth belongs to God,
and all creation is in God’s care:
Right: land and waters, plants and animals, sky and soil,
declare the hospitality of God.
Left: The world belongs to God,
and all who live in it.
Right: We belong to one another as siblings,
all of us children of God.
Leader: With gratitude for the home God has made for us on this planet, we pray:
Left: Send your Holy Spirit
to strengthen our resolve
to strive for communities
where foreigners become neighbors
and strangers become friends.
Right: Revive our desire for the reign of Christ,
who releases prisoners
and liberates the oppressed,
who frees the world from greed
and proclaims God’s peace.
All: Make justice roll down like a river
and righteousness flow like an everlasting stream. Amen.
United Church of Christ
God of mercy, throughout this election season, we are casting our votes in a world filled with fear. Forgive us for those times when fear of the other has brought words of anger out of our mouths, when fear of opposing views has caused us to put hurt into the world. Be with us as we vote to bring your love, compassion, and welcome to all people, as we vote to bring your justice, healing, and mercy into the world, and as we cast our ballots for election outcomes that leave none of your people behind. May your love and forgiveness sustain us. Amen.