A STATEMENT ON THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
With respect for our differences, strength in our convictions, and love for our nation, we believe in America and the American Dream for everyone. We also believe in, pray for and work toward the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. As disciples of Jesus, we are called to be the voice of the voiceless, the poor, the oppressed, the other. We must find and use that voice toward that Kingdom in each and every moment.
While policies and budgets will rightly be up for debate—the Church must hold our leaders, and we must hold each other, accountable to defend and never disrespect, demonize or marginalize persons based on race, religion, gender, sexual identity (including LGBTQ), or disability. As we move forward through the policy debates and decisions following this extremely contentious Presidential election, let it never be at the expense of another, especially the least of these our brothers and sisters of Jesus.
This is the holy work of the Church. God bless our Church and our work in the world.
Rev. Rich Darr, Th.D. – Sr. Pastor, United Methodist Church of Geneva
Carolyn Sprawka and Gary Dittmer
Co-Chairs, Church in Society Committee, UMCG