As the 2020 national election cycle becomes more intense these next several weeks, we believe that LCWR’s practice of contemplative dialogue, deep listening, and mutual respect are prophetic actions that we can offer in these difficult days.
With that in mind, we have created an eight-week long experience, “A More Perfect Union: 2020 Election Reflections.” During these next eight weeks we are inviting people of faith across the country to prayer and dialogue. We hope you will gather groups of community members, friends, colleagues, or neighbors for some virtual conversation about the state of our democracy. We encourage you to stretch beyond your comfort zone. Invite those who don’t normally sit around your table. The greater the diversity, the more fruitful the dialogue. Wouldn’t it be amazing if scores of faith-filled groups across the country took just an hour each week to talk about the values we share and the challenges we face as a nation.
Week 1 reflection, “Out_of_One_Many” is available here. Please share it as widely as you are able.
Towards a More Perfect Union: 2020 Election Reflections
As women religious, we are called to bring our faith and our voices to the public square. While that is a daily responsibility, our presence and voices have never been more needed. How do we even begin to create communion in the face of a divisive climate in a polarized society? How do we enter into dialogue when so much of the public conversation about policy and politics, the direction of our country, and the 2020 election is filled with anger and disrespect? How can we possibly contribute to the work of building “a more perfect union”?
We believe that LCWR’s challenge to contemplative dialogue, deep listening and mutual respect are the prophetic actions that we can offer in these difficult days of discernment.
We invite you to join LCWR on a journey of faith and dialogue over a period of eight weeks as we explore some principles of our faith and ideals of our democracy by participating in three ways.
1. Pray with the weekly reflections that will be available for download below starting September 15.
2. Gather groups of sisters, friends, colleagues, or neighbors for some virtual conversation about the state of our democracy. Stretch beyond your comfort zone. Invite those who don’t normally sit around your table. The greater the diversity, the more fruitful the dialogue. As you develop your groups and consider your guest lists, it may be helpful to consider some of these questions:
· Whose voices are we including? Whose are missing from the table? Who else should be invited to the conversation?
· Are we hoping to facilitate greater understanding, or simply convince others of the rightness of our positions?
· What will help us center the human dignity of each person and deescalate the situation when we feel ourselves become tense?
3. Capture stories of what occurs as you have these conversations. How is your conversation impacting the lives of those participating? What change has occurred within your local area or city as a result of the dialogue you are hosting? (We will provide more information on what do with these stories.)
In a document that can be downloaded below are resources
prepared by other organizations including voters’ guides, strategies for resisting voter suppression, civility pledges, and voter registration and “get out the vote” materials. Election_Resources
A current and vital issue for all of usin the United States is the November election. For the next several months, we will post here some reflective helps for you as you ponder the issues as we prepare to cast our votes:
Becoming Spirit-Filled Voters
(This resource is compiled by Network and includes such topics as
*Discerning Our Role in Working for Change
* Transformative Conversations to Bridge Divides
* Visioning a Future for the Common Good
Voter Reflection Guide 2020
(Democracy Values and the 2020 Election: A Reflection for Faith Communities from InterFaith Power and Light)
Equally Sacred Scorecard
(A Scorecard of Social Justice Issues for
Voters in the 2020 Presidential Election prepared by Network)
2020 Reflective Voter Guide
(Creating Communion at the Intersection of Racism, Migration and Climate Change, prepared by Social Justice Promoters of
Region 7 of LCWR)