Voter Registration Sabbath
From Sept. 21 through Sept. 30, PICO faith leaders are preaching and teaching to promote voter registration and the participation of people of faith in public life. (In some states, including California, voter registration efforts will continue through mid-October.) Here's how you can get involved:
Register your congregation:
Add your faith community to the list of those participating in Voter Registration Sabbath.
Faith leaders on voting:
PICO clergy leaders offer reflections on how their faith shapes their commitment to voting and civic engagement. Read their reflections>
For African American and Latino faith communities:
Responding to a rash of state legislative attempts to restrict voting access, PICO leaders from Together Colorado have developed the Let My People VOTE campaign to encourage civic engagement in communities of color. Many congregations will host Let My People VOTE Sunday on Sept. 30. Learn about Let My People VOTE>
Statements from religious traditions:
Many religious bodies have issued statements encouraging people of faith to see voting and participation in public life as an expression of faith. Learn more>
Video resources on voting:
The Salvific Significance of Voting
Dr. Stephen Ray of Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary (Chicago) speaks to a gathering of African American clergy leaders about the theological significance of voting.
David and Goliath
For decades, the right to vote has been a centerpiece for Black congregational engagement in civic life. Recent efforts to limit and restrict the voting access of African Americans threaten to undermine this critical tool to ensure justice and fairness in our country. This powerful excerpt from the Rev. Jesse Jackson's 1984 presidential campaign powerfully expresses the need for us all to overcome despair by exercising our right to vote.