February 2022: Voting Rights

Updated: Feb 28


Voting is power because it allows us to have a say in who has influence over issues that affect our daily lives. Voting gives voice, and the ability to give voice offers individuals a sense of belonging and self‐worth. When we help uphold the Voting Rights Act and support voting reforms, we are guarding this dignity and showing marginalized groups that their civic involvement matters.


Learn


To learn more about voting rights, the United Methodist stance on the issue and how you can advocate, please visit:

https://www.umcjustice.org/what-we-care-about/civil-and-human-rights/free-and-fair-elections

https://www.umnews.org/en/news/moving-voting-rights-from-ideal-to-reality

https://www.americanbar.org/groups/crsj/publications/human_rights_magazine_home/voting-rights/how-to-help-protect-our-elections-and-get-out-the-vote/

 

Reflect


Scripture

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.” Proverbs 14:34

Prayer

Gracious God, we grieve with you over the acts of injustice and unrighteousness in our nation regarding voting rights and ask that you give us wisdom and discernment in advocating for policies that can end these inequities. We pray that the spirit of division, hatred, and discord at the root of voter suppression be replaced by your Spirit of impartiality, unity, and love. Turn our hearts to justice and righteousness and give us love of neighbor that compels us to fight for empowerment and a voice for all. Amen.


For Consideration

1. Think of a time you voted, either in a local or national election or in some other setting. Why did you vote? How did you feel after you voted? How might have impacted you if someone had told you that you could not vote?

2. How does advocating for voting rights and voting reforms intersect with what you believe to be your calling in Christ?

 

To explore more justice topics, check out burkeumc.org/justice!


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