May 2021 update: Faith in Democracy 2021 kicks off in June and we’re excited to build on the successes of the 2020 program. Kansas Healthy Congregations teams are encouraged to view the June 3 Introductory Webinar / Q & A session recording on this page and RSVP here for the 2021 Team Leader Kickoff (June 24, noon-1:30 via Zoom) to learn more about how you can join a network of congregations working to make their communities healthier by boosting civic and voter engagement.
Faith in Democracy is a Healthy Congregations initiative developed in partnership with The Voter Network, a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to ensuring every Kansan is able to be an informed, enthusiastic, engaged voter.
The inaugural 2020 program saw amazing results: 41 teams across the state talked to nearly 2,000 voters, and 91% of those cast a ballot in the 2020 general election – versus statewide turnout of 72%.
For 2021, the program is focused on building participation in local races – where typically fewer than 20% of registered voters participate in decisions that have a direct impact on our health and daily lives.
The most exciting component is the Voter to Voter tool. It’s an easy-to-use relational advocacy program that gives each congregation the tools to increase voter turnout, to focus on those in our communities who are often underrepresented in the political process, and provides the data to track and measure results. All that’s needed is team of volunteers, and the time commitment is minimal.
The Voter to Voter tool is specific to Kansas, but our Nebraska HC churches are encouraged to consider the worship resources / sermon guide and other resources provided by The Voter Network.
The initiative provides tools to support Kansas Healthy Congregations in ensuring their members are able to access the polls. The Voter Network provides digital resources, worship resources / sermon guide and regular information on how to support members in registering to vote, finding their polling place, and knowing what is on their ballot.
The United Methodist Church has a long history of working toward social justice and a deep commitment to fostering healthy communities. One of the strongest ways to ensure healthy communities is for each person to be engaged and to have a voice – and voting is core to both. Whether you are already supporting voter engagement through your ministry, or wanting to learn how you can help ensure all in your community have a voice at the polls, we hope the resources available through The Voter Network will elevate your efforts.