#VoteFaithfully in 2020: Events, prayers and resources for election season and beyond

#VoteFaithfully: 

Vote Faithfully

Getting souls to the polls isn’t just about casting our own vote, but about working together so everyone can vote and vote faithfully, according to the "Vote Faithfully" resource materials available from the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations. 

Find them here

 

Voting in Massachusetts: 

Find more information on voting and voter registration in Massachusetts here.

Get-out-the-vote publicity materials:

The Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston, as part of its commitment to help get out the vote and encourage others in the diocese to do so as well, has created additional materials congregations can use to promote voting.  They are available in this online folder.  Questions may be directed to Dean Amy McCreath (amccreath@diomass.org) or the Rev. Emily Garcia, a Cathedral Chapter member (families@redeemerchestnuthill.org).

Nov. 1 National Prayer Service: 

On Sunday, Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. EST, Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry will partner with Washington National Cathedral to host “Holding on to Hope: A National Service of Healing and Wholeness.” The live-streamed service is designed to help the nation to share in confession, grief and hope in light of COVID-19, racial reckoning and the historic election.  Stream from the Episcopal Church's Facebook and YouTube sites and home webpage.

Nov. 2 Diocese of Massachusetts Election Eve Prayer Vigil: 

The Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston is coordinating an online prayer vigil on Monday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m., in collaboration with any and all other congregations in the diocese who would like to join together to pray for our nation, for safe and fair elections, and for all candidates and voters.

Bishop Alan M. Gates will offer a welcome and blessing.

Additionally, online prayer gatherings will be offered at 7 p.m. on the evenings of Nov. 3, 4, 5 & 6

Details are posted here.  All are welcome!

More prayer and community building resources:

"25 Days of Prayer":  Washington National Cathedral's Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage offers "25 Days of Prayer" to "calm your soul and lift your spirit as we head into Election Day and the months to come."  Find them here.

A Season of Prayer: For an Election:  Forward Movement and the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations are calling for "A Season of Prayer: For an Election" Oct. 27-Nov. 4.  This novena (in the ancient tradition of nine days of devotional prayers, often with a specific intention) will be a time to pray for discernment in voting and for the well-being of our nation.  Find materials and more information here.

“Light a Candle - Pray for the Nation - Vote”:  Join the Diocese of Indianapolis in a public witness of peace and prayer. Leaders there have created signs that can be downloaded, printed locally and placed in yards or windows. Churches can also add their own logos. Then light a candle and place it in your window each evening.  Find the templates here and here.

Braver Angels / With Malice Toward None: Malice Toward None is an initiative to heal America in the aftermath of a clear 2020 election outcome. Religious congregations, colleges, civic organizations and small groups of friends and neighbors are invited to organize gatherings (online or in-person) for their members after the election has been decided. In these gatherings, Americans consider how they want to regard their fellow citizens who voted differently and begin building the capacity of "We the People" to forge “a more perfect union” moving into 2021.

Updated 10/15/20