What do you care about? What matters most in your community and our world? Many of us participated in Canada’s federal election in October 2015. This was a time of hope and decision. General Council staff created a 2015 Federal Election Kit to help United Church people learn more about issues that concern our church and our global and Canadian partners. Aboriginal justice, climate justice, refugee rights, and the elimination of child poverty were some of the topics included. The kit also offered instructions for planning and participating in an all-candidates meeting. Some United Church people are shocked that the church deliberately makes the connection between faith and politics. Yet, our United Church witness is not to a particular person or party but to God’s mission of justice and love lived out through policies that promote sustainable communities, build peace, and defend human rights. The United Church has been active in the public arena, including elections, since its earliest days. The founders of our church believed that ours is a living faith and a witness to the ministry of Jesus Christ that is expressed in active, thoughtful involvement in society. We are called to be the light that brings God-colours of justice, peace, and healing into the democratic process. Our gifts for Mission & Service make resources like the 2015 Federal Election Kit possible. Thank you! Please join me in making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith.
Loving God, we are called to be your colours in the world, to walk with each other, to share in love through our gifts for Mission & Service. Guide us to shine brightly in the world. Amen.