Pizza and Propositions: A recap

This past weekend, over 40 people from the FirstPres community gathered for 2 voter education forums- one on Thursday night and one after our weekly Sunday service.

Learning about state propositions together

These forums created space for people to gather, to learn, to dialogue, and to prayerfully seek God’s wisdom around the upcoming California election. We also had time to learn the basics on each state proposition, and held a more in-depth conversation regarding a few of the (more controversial) propositions.

From what people told me, this event was the first of its kind in the history of FirstPres. For many in our church, to talk about ballot measures together (especially in our church building!) was an entirely new experience. Politics have generally been kept separate from the church space. Information about how we are voting has generally been kept private.

But it was a gift to be in community- to realize that we weren’t alone in our questions, ignorance, or even skepticism, and to collectively recognize the responsibility we have as voters. We were reminded of the importance of using our political voice and the imperative to seek the common good through our vote.

A few highlights from our time:

Some of the questions we brainstormed together during our time

While not everyone may have been agreement about every proposition, I was genuinely surprised and grateful for the approach that many in the FirstPres community had towards our vote. I was encouraged by everyone’s desire to seek God’s wisdom and to be faithful with the political voice that they have. I was convicted by the approach of many- to seek the good of the most vulnerable, to vote out of compassionate and not just self-interest, and to try and seek good for everyone.

Ultimately, my hope and prayer is that all those who have the ability to vote during this election would go out and do so. That we would remember our church’s call to be political, not partisan, and continue to be faithful in all spheres of our lives- not just the religious one.

May we all continue to lift up the elections in our prayers!

“O God, You are actively involved in every part of Your creation at every moment. Grant to all people in the U.S. a willingness to get involved in the upcoming elections, resisting complacency, suspicion and passivity. Let us all know the value of our individual and collective vote, and let us exercise our right with diligence and faith. Amen.” (based on Amos 6:1)

If you’d like some more info about the propositions, here are a few different resources:

BASIC VOTER GUIDE: http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov

ONE MINUTE VIDEOS FOR EVERY PROP https://elections.calmatters.org/2018/california-propositions-explained/

SHORT SUMMARIES OF EACH PROP: https://reason.org/commentary/voters-guide-to-the-2018-california-ballot-initiatives/

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS: https://www.vote411.org

Co-Pastor @bethelcommunitysl | Director of Advocacy @fphayward | pastor, activist, writer | married to @eubanksme | co-author of @lentenlament | she/her

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