by Mike Kennedy, Faith Climate Justice Voter Campaign Manager
“Congregation Captains” in IPL’s Faith Climate Justice Voter Campaign have proven to be committed and creative as they organize their faith communities to engage and mobilize faith voters to communicate their values of caring for our common home and loving our neighbors through voting. We wanted to share some of the inspiring highlights these volunteer leaders are sharing with us.
In partnership with Georgia Interfaith Power & Light, ten volunteers from Statesboro, GA’s Trinity Episcopal Church joined our Oct. 18th Faith Voter Text Bank that sent 48,000 text messages to Georgians of faith who don’t vote much but are alarmed by climate change. (You and your congregation can still join us for one of our remaining text banks.)
As a steering committee member of Interfaith Creation Care of the Triangle, Gary Smith co-organized their 2nd Annual Prayer Chain for the Earth – to encourage voting for climate action – in Raleigh, NC on Oct. 3.
In addition to getting trained as a poll worker, Emily Hopkins of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Walnut Creek, CA, partnered with the League of Women Voters of Diablo County to offer voter registration for several weeks at the church’s Trinity Center, a day service for unhoused folks in her town.
Lisa Brenskelle from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Houston, TX led a weekly online discussion group reviewing IPL’s Faithful Voter Reflection Guide, facilitated a voter registration event at the church in late September, and encouraged worship attendees to sign IPL’s Faith Climate Justice Voter pledge cards.
John Bisbee and Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Fort Collins, CO held a “Rally for Justice” on Sept. 25 that included encouragement for people to check their voter registration status, register to vote, and sign IPL’s Faith Climate Justice Voter pledge.
Deb Baker of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Concord, NH incorporated the importance of voting into the class she taught during the Episcopal Church’s Season of Creation.
Sharon Kimmel’s New Castle United Methodist Church in New Castle, DE promoted IPL’s voter registration portal in all church communications and purchased and made available copies of IPL’s Faithful Voter Reflection Guide for church members and visitors.
I’m grateful for the 75 volunteer leaders around the country who committed to be Congregation Captains during this year’s Faith Climate Justice Voter Campaign and am looking forward to learning more about how they are engaging their communities.