2020 Presidential Election Resources

“As the people of the United States cast their votes for the office of president and many other offices throughout the land, we gather to pray to the God who is the Creator of us all. We pray that we might learn to stand and hold each other’s hands as the children of God. – Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

 

The Election may be over, but our country remains divided and relationships strained or broken. Engaging in the work of reconciliation and bridging difference is work we are all called to as followers of Jesus. Below are resources to help congregations create spaces for healing communication and to work together with their communities in helping people connect across difference.

Resources on Creating the Common Good

Elections often create boundaries between people – friends, families, coworkers. The Office of Government Relations for the Episcopal Church offers the course ”Make Me an Instrument of Peace: A Guide to Civil Discourse” to help us learn better ways to interact with those whose views differ from our own.  Make Me an Instrument of Peace: A Guide to Civil Discourse.

Civil Conversation in Uncivil Times: Practicing Our Faith in the Public Square
The 2020 election may be the most contentious in modern history. Battle lines have been drawn and many people are convinced their party and their candidate are the only alternatives to national chaos. Ray Suarez knows a lot about contentious political landscapes. He also knows a great deal about faith. As an award-winning journalist, college instructor, and outspoken Episcopalian, he has written a book on the subject and offers four video presentations in this online class. This course is ideal for Christians looking for ways to be faithful in the midst of contentious politics. Learn more and take the course here 

Living Room Conversations:

Living Room Conversations are a simple way to connect across divides - politics, age, gender, race, nationality, and more. These guided conversations on a variety of topics are meant to build consensus between people who appear to have nothing in common. There is a special set of conversations for the 2020 election.

Braver Angels:

This organization seeks to bring a divided public together. “Our work is about restoring civic trust in the USA. It is about healing the wounds between left and right. It is about challenging institutions to be better, building community together, and discovering what it means to be American in our time.” The Rt. Rev. Mark Beckwith, former bishop of the Diocese of Newark, works with this organization. With Malice Toward None is an initiative to heal America in the aftermath of a clear 2020 election outcome. Religious congregations, colleges, civic organizations, and small groups of friends and neighbors are invited to organize gatherings (online or in-person) for their members after the election has been decided.

The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley

The Greater Good Science Center has a Bridging Difference Initiative which includes articles as well as a “Bridging Differences Playbook: Learn research-based strategies to promote positive dialogue and understanding.”  These short articles, practices, and discussion guides and more help promote civic engagement and the common good. There are many helpful resources in this comprehensive site.