The Battle for Democracy
As Americans and people of faith, we hold sacred our right to vote. Our democratic values call us not only to honor each person’s perspective and voice, but to work harder to make sure that all voices – including those historically marginalized – are heard.
Our nation has a long history of disenfranchisement and voter suppression, one that we face each and every election year. This year is no different; indeed, the question of who has full access to the ballot box is as much at the forefront as ever.
We each have issues that are important to us, things that strike us as vital to a community growing in prosperity and dignity. Trinity Cathedral and the Episcopal Church have community concerns and issues that are vital to us as well, issues which align with our call to proclaim God’s justice, love, and mercy to the world, which align with our call to respect the dignity of every human being.
The outcome of each and every one of those issues comes down to one thing: voting. Casting our vote. Encouraging others to vote. Reaching out into historically underserved communities to encourage voting, regardless of how those folks cast their ballots.
I hope you’ll join me this Sunday, Feb. 11th for a Dean’s Forum at 10:10 am on the Battle for Democracy. We’ll welcome Khalilah Worley and Molly Martin from Greater Cleveland Congregations and talk about what’s at stake, how you can help canvass and connect, and what’s being done with the proposed Ohio Anti-Gerrymandering amendment.
The Battle for Democracy is on. I hope you’ll be a part of it.
The Very Rev. Bernard J. Owens