As people of faith and conscience across the country, we believe elections are a referendum on the values that will shape our future. How can we renew our fragile democracy? How do we honor the human dignity of every person? Will we protect God’s Creation, our Sacred Earth, and our children’s future? What policies will prioritize the common good and confront future crises that remind us of our interdependence?
Many of the defining moral issues of our time are on the ballot: faltering democratic institutions, too much wealth in the hands of a few, damage to the climate, cruel immigration policies that tear families apart, mass incarceration that devastates communities of color, senseless gun violence, and threats to global public health and security. These challenges are daunting. We must move forward in a spirit of hope, and we must resist despair and cynicism.
Using our voices to fulfill our civic duty and vote in every election makes a difference in our communities – and our world. Your vote is how you can speak up for our common home and our neighbors. Voting is how we create a society based on our shared values.
This reflection guide is intended to spur discussion and discernment. Whether you use it at a kitchen table, in a house of worship, at a community forum, or at an event with political candidates, we hope it helps you navigate the urgent moral questions raised by this election.
The issues we address here are not exhaustive, but we believe they provide a framework for evaluating issues and candidates in a way that prioritizes solutions that promote dignity and the common good. Each section includes suggested questions to guide your conversations and spark ideas for questions to ask political candidates.
Voter Reflection Guide Resources:
The guide has been endorsed by the following national organizations and IPL state affiliates:
Center for Faith, Justice, and Reconciliation
Faith in Public Life
Green Chalice of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Leadership Conference of Women Religious
NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Justice Team
The Freedom BLOC
United Women in Faith
Interfaith Power & Light Affiliates
Georgia Interfaith Power & Light
Michigan Interfaith Power and Light
Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light