Election resources are now available for church members who want to engage candidates in the upcoming election.
The United Church of Canada’s election resources are now available for church members who want to engage candidates in the upcoming election on September 20, 2021. Issues close to the heart of the church—Anti-racism, Guaranteed Livable Income, Indigenous Justice, and Vaccine Equity are featured in core resources. “Of course, the church is involved in many justice issues locally and on a global scale, but this is a national election and we want to lift up national issues that will build a better Canada and world,” explains Rev. Michael Blair, the church’s General Secretary.
The intersection of faith and politics is often controversial and the church recognizes its members come from all political parties, but as people of faith, Christians are called to act in the world. Voting is one of those actions. “We have partners in many places where an election is synonymous with violence and intimidation. In Canada, we sometimes forget that because voting is fairly easy, it nevertheless sets government agendas, so every vote counts and every question is important,” Rev. Blair adds.
Faith and Politics has helpful hints on how people can ask questions at virtual all-candidate meetings, how to organize an all-candidates meeting, and political activity guidelines for churches.
The founders of this church believed in a living faith and a witness to the ministry of Jesus Christ is expressed through active, thoughtful involvement in society which spans a wide variety of justice issues. Visit the Social Action section to see the full spectrum of our work.