Election 2012

A national election not only gives United Methodists the privilege of letting our voices be heard via the ballot box, it also provides us with opportunities to demonstrate Extravagant Generosity, Radical Hospitality, Evangelism, Inclusiveness, healing and more. Click on any of the article summaries below to read more on any subjects of interest.

With Election Day around the corner, here’s a quick refresher on what's appropriate for a church during election season. According to the IRS, churches are among the tax-exempt organizations “prohibited from participating or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office." 

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, many voters will go to neighborhood churches to cast their ballots. What an opportunity for United Methodists to open welcoming doors. Congregations can offer hospitality and provide information encouraging voters to return for worship or other ministries.


Throughout the election season, all Christians who are registered to vote in the United States would do well to keep in mind some nuggets of wisdom from John Wesley that have been making their way around the internet and social media.



With Election Day on a Tuesday, Wednesday night meals, meetings, rehearsals and programs at church provide an excellent opportunity to pray together for unity, for peace, for wisdom for newly elected or re-elected officials and for perspective among Christ's body that we are first citizens of God's kingdom. No matter which candidate wins, please consider taking a few minutes . to observe this brief devotion together.