“Democracy Values and the 2020 Election: A Reflection Guide for Faith Communities”  by Interfaith Power and Light

As people of faith across the country, we believe the 2020 election is 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 for future generations? What policies will prioritize the common good and confront global pandemics that remind us of our interdependence? These questions require a societal examination of conscience.

Many of the defining moral issues of our time are on the ballot: faltering democratic institutions, extreme inequality of wealth and power, the existential threat of climate change, cruel immigration policies that tear apart families, 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 resist despair and cynicism. For generations, people of faith have been at the forefront of struggles for justice, leading seemingly unwinnable movements. From the abolition of slavery to women’s suffrage and the civil rights movement, religious activists have proven that faith and action are powerful catalysts for social change.

The challenges we confront today require us to envision who we wish to be as a nation. Appeals to nationalism put a new face on the sin of white supremacy. People of color and members of Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Hindi and other faith traditions are too often targeted by dehumanizing rhetoric and racist policies. When we resist this culture of exclusion, we affirm that all of us are created in the sacred image of God.

This reflection guide is intended to spur discussion and discernment. Whether you use it at a kitchen table, in a house of worship, 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 justice, dignity and the common good. Each section includes suggested questions to guide your conversations and spark ideas for questions to ask political candidates.

Click here to read the first section of the Interfaith Power and Light Election 2020 Reflection Guide, discussing Democracy and Voting Rights and Climate Justice for Our Children and the World.

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Click here to study the reflection on immigrants and poverty, The Last shall Be First:  An Economy of Inclusion. 

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Health Care is a justice issue … and that has never been more clear than it is today. Click here to read about how your vote can help change unjust health policies and encourage restorative and racial justice. 

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We are all made in the Image of God. How can our vote respect the dignity of LGBTQ people and encourage unity and The Global Common Good? Click here to learn. 

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