Faith Leaders, Including UU's, Are Working to Get Out the Vote.


Faith Leaders of every denomination and religious community are working to get out the vote during these crucial times. And these include UU organizers, Rev. Ashley Horan, organizing strategy director of the UUA and Nicole Pressley, national organizer for UU The Vote.


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"The Rev. Ashley Horan is the organizing strategy director of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and Nicole Pressley is the national organizer for UU The Vote. They work to engage Unitarian Universalist individuals, congregations, and institutions in bringing their values to the public square in the 2020 elections, through deep partnerships with local and national front line organizations. They both identify as queer people of faith and have a track record of local community organizing. Previously, the Rev. Horan was the executive director of the Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance, and Pressley was an organizer and communications strategist working with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta."

Pressley said:

As a Unitarian Universalist, I believe that practicing our values means being in deep relationship with our communities and neighbors is the primary mechanism for lasting change. Voting is one of many political acts that create change. However, the organizing and relationship building we do in the course of electoral work is the site of the necessary ideological and spiritual transformation that allows us to imagine and call forth a new world together. Faith communities have a moral mandate to facilitate caring and cooperative relationships to reach beyond the walls of our congregations in order to move hearts and minds in service to justice and liberation.

The Rev. Horan added:

As a Unitarian Universalist, I am grounded both in a deep belief in the inherent worth and dignity of all people and an understanding that because of that inborn belovedness we all possess, every person should have a voice and a vote in building a world in which all of us can be free and flourish. Faith communities are some of the only truly multigenerational, values-based organizations in society today, and progressive people of faith have immense potential not only to leverage our power and our values in service of liberation in this moment but to grow and sustain the souls of future generations as they grow into the leaders who will be called to address the deepest problems facing our society today.


For more information, go to:

https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/religion/news/2020/08/12/488893/faith-leaders-watch-2020/?emci=cea4242b-6ce2-ea11-8b03-00155d0394bb&emdi=c701bc1a-d6e2-ea11-8b03-00155d0394bb&ceid=6034705


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