With Hope In Our Voices!
“—if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hopeOver the course of this campaign, I have talked of the need to continue proclaiming a “faithful voice” opposing the ban. Partly, because many think Christians and people of faith are automatically voting yes, but also so the words of Paul that are above can be carried out. You see, by telling the “story” of people voting no, of faithful witness, and families committed in love, we each hold out hope for a successful election and hope for dignity and humanity in the future.
held out in the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every
creature under heaven…” Colossians 1:23a
That same hope rests on Wisconsin’s shoulders for the rest of our friends and family around the country. In fact, just today, the leaders of eleven different national church welcoming organizations voiced their collective opposition in a joint statement entitled “A Flowing River of Justice”. You can find it here. It includes the voices of Lutherans, Episcopalians, Baptists, Brethren Mennonites, the Community of Christ, United Methodists, Presbyterians, and the United Church of Christ. It also voices the opposition of the United Church of Canada as a member of the universal faith community.
Today’s statement, compliments the work that faith communities have been doing around the state. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel highlighted the role of faith communities on Sunday's front page, and the Catholic Herald featured an article opposing the amendment last week. All around the state stories are being told, forums held, sermons delivered, and voices are being heard about a faithful reason to vote no.
But there is one more voice that we need—yours! This weekend is our statewide faith canvass, where people of faith will go door to door around the state, telling the Good News! We need you and your voice, please sign-up today!
It’s only 42 days to November 7th. Don’t be silent, but gain hope from telling the story!