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Interfaith organization releases faithful voter reflection guide

Interfaith Power & Light

Encourages religious voters to reflect on shared faith values in 2022

WASHINGTON — Today Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) released a “faithful voter reflection guide” in advance of the upcoming election season. The guide discusses many of the defining moral issues that are on the ballot, including faltering democratic institutions, too much wealth in the hands of a few, damage to the climate, and threats to global public health and security.

The guide, endorsed by other national faith-based partners and IPL state affiliates, will be distributed across the country for discussion in diverse faith communities. It includes discussion questions for reflection and sample questions to ask candidates. 

IPL President Rev. Susan Hendershot, the Climate Reality Project’s William Barber III, NETWORK’s Mary Novak, and Georgia Interfaith Power & Light’s Gayla Tillman will discuss the guide on a webinar for IPL supporters on Thursday, June 9 at 7:00 pm ET. Members of the media interested in viewing the webinar or receiving a webinar recording can contact Mike Kennedy at [email protected].

To download a copy of the guide, click here.

Interfaith Power & Light and IPL state affiliates released these statements about the voter reflection guide:

Rev. Susan Hendershot, President, Interfaith Power & Light:

“The release of this guide comes at a moment in time when we are seeing the threat to our democracy that voter suppression poses, and when the intersections between climate change, global health, systemic racism, and other moral issues are on the ballot. The time is ripe to examine how our spiritual and religious beliefs can and should be serving the greater good, through dismantling structures of oppression and curing the disease that threatens our common home. We know that if we want a country that reflects our highest values, we have to participate thoughtfully in elections.”

Codi Norred, Executive Director of Georgia Interfaith Power & Light:

“Georgia Interfaith Power & Light will be distributing this faithful voter reflection guide throughout our network of interfaith congregations around the state. We have a moral imperative to create economic, racial, and climate justice for the most vulnerable populations in our communities and our common home. Using our voices to fulfill our civic duty and vote in every election makes a difference in our communities.”

David Heayn-Menendez, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light:

“Whether Pennsylvanians of faith are at their kitchen table, in their house of worship, at a community forum, or at an event with political candidates, we hope this faithful voter reflection guide helps them navigate the urgent moral questions facing our nation in this year’s election” 

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Interfaith Power & Light is a national nonprofit organization with 40 state affiliates and 22,000 congregations in all 50 states. IPL inspires and mobilizes people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action on climate change. 

Contact:
Mike Kennedy
Interfaith Power & Light
(941) 524-0303
[email protected]

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