CHHSM Advocacy Center
Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet!
The UCC Our Faith Our Vote campaign provides information and ideas to assist individuals, congregations, and organizations with engaging the electoral process in nonpartisan and meaningful ways. We must equip ourselves, and our communities, to make thoughtful, informed decisions about those who will lead us in the future. The Our Faith Our Vote campaign is one way to help us be and lift up our voice.
As Rev. Traci Blackmon says, “In Hebrew Scripture the word most often translated “voice” is “qol.” This is also the word translated as noise, or sound, or vote. In a broader sense, I would say the Hebrew word, qol, simply means letting oneself be heard. Using our voice to make a sound is certainly one way to be heard, and using our vote is another. Our vote is the means we have to make an impactful noise about the local, state and national issues that concern us. Voting is a powerful tool, and this is why we see so many focused efforts targeted at voter disenfranchisement. This is why districts are redrawn and political parties engage in gerrymandering. This is why voting rights legislation and access to the polls is constantly being challenged… No matter your opinion or political affiliation, your voice - your vote - matters and you deserve to be heard. This is why it is critical for faith communities to engage in nonpartisan voter registration, education and empowerment programs to help us make some holy noise by lifting up the common good through our political process.”
This resource is a wonderful addition to our Be a Voice toolkit, as it illustrates and clarifies what it means to be a faith-based organization involved in advocacy and how civic engagement can be a part of one’s spiritual life.
You can find all of the Our Faith Our Vote resources by visiting ucc.org/ourfaithourvote.