Columbus Dispatch: Faith-based guides help voters consider options this election season

Oct 17, 2016 | In the News, National Press Clips, What's New

By JoAnne Viviano | October 14, 2016

The day after the second presidential debate, the Rev. Al Debelak and the Rev. Tim Ahrens discussed how the campaign has tarnished what’s known as the golden rule. When voting, they said, people of faith should consider the rule that’s taught in various forms by various religions: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

“We’re in such a cycle of violence and fear and anxiety and we’re spinning,” said Debelak, retired pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church on the East Side. “We never spin outside of that.”

He was at First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, the Downtown church where Ahrens is lead pastor, to deliver copies of brochures titled “Faith, Values and the 2016 Election: Toward a Politics of the Golden Rule,” a voters’ guide that, Debelak said, could help stop the spinning. Read More

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