On October 12 we launched a terrific free class for 900+ students to help us prepare faithfully for the upcoming election - and it's not too late for you to sign up for: The Big Class: Civil Conversations in Uncivil Times — Practicing Our Faith in the Public Square with Ray Suarez.
This means you can sign up or sign in and take the class right now - for free for the next two weeks.
In this contentious election season, many of us are looking for ways to bring our faith into our political interactions. Ray Suarez knows a lot about complex political landscapes. He also knows a great deal about faith. As an award-winning journalist (PBS Newshour, NPR, Al Jezeera), college instructor, and outspoken Episcopalian, he has written a book on faith and politics in the United States.
The Big Class opened this morning with more than 900 students enrolled and will remain free to students around the world through October 26 - so tell your friends. You can take this course at your own pace, at whatever time suits you. It should take less than an hour to complete, and students will have an opportunity to ask the instructor questions. Also, take it in a group, sharing video presentations by video conference like Zoom.
This course is free thanks to the generosity of The Episcopal Church, the Episcopal Church Foundation, Trinity Wall Street, the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Churches, Forward Movement, and ChurchNext.
And as we head into the election, let us pray:
For Politicians and Voters
Almighty God, by whose grace all worldly leaders exercise power, help politicians and voters move through this election season with respect and dignity. Bless all who are vying for political office with clarity and transparency in their campaigns and give voters openness and diligence in casting their ballots. Help us keep perspective that we may be firm in our convictions, kind and respectful to those who vote differently, and ever mindful that how we treat others is how we treat you. This we ask of the One who is Lord over every election, Jesus Christ Our Lord, Amen.