Voting and Climate Justice Resources
Voting and Climate Justice Resources
Curated by the SNEUCC Environmental Ministry Team
Worship and Preaching Resources
New! Faith Matters Voting Challenge Brochure
Our Message Matters preaching workshops from Faith in Action:
- Collection of worship resources from Sarah Are: “A liturgy of hope & release for Election Season & the weeks following an election.”
Resources for Discussion Groups and Video Screenings
- Rev. Dr. Jim Antal reflects on voting as a sacred responsibility as part of the SNEUCC Faith Matters Voting Challenge. Watch here: Lift up voting as sacred responsibility - Rev. Dr. Jim Antal on Vimeo
- Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, co-founders of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University, reflect on voting as an act of faith as part of the SNEUCC Faith Matters Voting Challenge: Voting as an Act of Faith
- Read and reflect on this piece, “Voting as a Spiritual Practice"
- Watch this short video about the Pro-Democracy Faith Movement, featuring two UCC leaders, Revs. Traci Blackmon and Otis Moss III. Discuss the five principles articulated here, drawing upon the full report on The Pro-Democracy Faith Movement, as desired.
- “Bring Spirit to the Polls” - Rev. Traci Blackmon and Civil Rights Leader Ruby Sales speak together about activism, then and now, and voter suppression tactics. Ruby Sales is an historian, Griot, and Member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the founder of SpiritHouse Project, a national 501(c)3 non-profit organization that uses the arts, research, education, action, and spirituality to bring diverse peoples together to work for racial, economic, and social justice, as well as for spiritual maturity.
- Screen the 2022 PBS 3-part series on “The Power of Big Oil”
- Part 1: Denial
- Part 2: Doubt
- Part 3: Delay
- Check out the screening options available through Interfaith Power and Light. You can download discussion guides for each movie to help you plan your screening.
- Virginia’s Calling - a sensitive look into the human effects of climate change on an evangelical family that never thought climate change would affect them. DVD and screening kit available here.
Resources on “Sound the Alarm for Climate Action” Bell-Ringing
Church bells have a long history of calling communities together to respond to a crisis. In the Southern New England conference there are several clusters of congregations gathering on the 11th of every month to ring their bells and sound the alarm that we are approaching the “11th hour” of the growing climate crisis.
Sound the Alarm for Climate Action is also an excellent opportunity to invite participants and passersby to take the Creation Care Voter Pledge and increase the number of voters concerned about the environment. If your congregation decides to make a commitment to ring your bell on the 11th of each month, we want to hear about your ideas and experience. Contact Karen Methot and share your story so that we can get the word out and inspire others!
Read: Guilford Church Sounds the Alarm for Climate Action
For more information, visit 11th Hour Calling and check out these articles about congregations in our conference.
Voter Registration Resources and Conducting Voter Registration Drives in CT, MA, RI
- State-specific information on registration status, first time registration, requests for absentee ballot, vote by mail, early voting, election reminders
- Third Act’s new “Senior to Senior Intergenerational Voter Challenge” to help every graduating high school senior to become a voter.
- Future Voters Project from Learning for Justice. Includes educational resources for teaching young people about voting rights and voter suppression and registering future (under 18) voters.
Resources on Hosting a Candidate Forum
Voter Activation Campaigns
Other Resources for Congregations
Responding to election-related violence:
- Building a Resiliency Network: A toolkit for building community resilience during a contentious election cycle
- Election Chaplaincy: All over the country, people of faith are rising up to defend democracy by being a vigilant spiritual witness at the polls. This training will cover what the role of the precinct chaplain is, how we plan to show up as a faith witness on election day, strategies for monitoring precincts, best practices for voter care & comfort, and tools for de-escalation and crisis management at the polls. Led by Billy M. Honor, Director of Faith Organizing for the New Georgia Project.