People of faith are called to live out the responsibilities of citizenship and of discipleship!

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Get involved in faithful civic engagement for a community of hope:

  • Ask your election candidates informed questions.
  • Explore the connection between faith and democratic involvement.
  • Vote!

Use the downloads below to get tips on

  • Why engage: how citizens can use theology and faith to engage with election candidates and inform their votes
  • How to engage: practical approaches on conversations with candidates
  • What to engage: key questions to ask candidates

What Does Faith Have to Do with Politics?

We seek God’s vision for the world where human dignity is defended, creation is mended and gifts are shared for the good of all.

  • If we are to build a just society and a caring world, we are, as people of faith, called to discern which leaders and their parties will help make that happen. If we are to be part of a society that honours diversity, opposes hate and xenophobia, and is open to people fleeing persecution, we must call on candidates during campaigns and political leaders to uphold these values in political discourse and in action. 
  • If we are to be part of the movement to heal and protect the places and people in our own communities and around the world already being negatively affected by climate change, we must act decisively now.
  • If Canada is to lead with integrity in the international community, we must live out in action the belief that all human beings are created in the image of God, equal, and infinitely precious, and we must expect an unwavering commitment to human rights, dignity and international law in all of Canada’s global relationships.

Just as elected officials have responsibilities, so do their communities. As members of their communities, we must build relationships with our elected officials. Relationship building enables us to work together regardless of how closely their personal values or those of their party might align with ours.

The Three Ps: Prophetic, Political, and Partisan

In a democracy, public witness and political engagement enable us to influence the way we live and ensure a common sharing of resources for all. Sometimes the three “Ps” can be confusing:

Prophetic: Much public witness draws on the biblical prophetic tradition of speaking truth about the state of society/world and calling for change and transformation to promote life and peace. Isaiah, Micah, Ezekiel, Amos, and Jesus are examples for us.

Political: This word comes from the Greek root polis, which refers to the building up of life, health, and sustainability of the city, our communities, and all within them.

Partisan: Refers to taking sides with a particular person, party, or cause. As a church, we seek to work with those who are negatively affected by government policies, but remain non-partisan regarding the democratic government of our country. As a registered charity regulated by Canada Revenue Agency, the United Church must remain non-partisan. The church advocates and comments on particular policies based on our principles but does not advocate for or comment on particular political parties.

Webinar

A webinar on How to Engage with Your Candidate took place on September 10 and 17, 2019. Couldn't make it? A recording of this webinar is available through United in Learning.

Selected Resources

  • You may wish to use this prayer in worship, in small group gatherings, and with election candidates.
  • Visit the Act Now section of this website for a variety of timely opportunities to take action.
  • Justice Initiatives includes ways to get involved in the United Church’s ongoing justice campaigns.
  • Strengthening Congregations includes way to invigorate your congregation’s ministry and mission by deepening your understanding of belonging, hospitality, compassion, witness, and hope. There are resources that can help your congregation faithfully and vibrantly live out God’s mission.
  • United Church Commons is a central place for the United Church’s official documents and files, including current and historically significant social policies.

Downloads

Attachment Size Type
Tips: Political Activity Guidelines 413.74 KB PDF
Tips: Organize an All-Candidates Meeting 124.69 KB PDF
Ask the Candidates: Anti-Racism 66.95 KB PDF
Ask the Candidates: Conversion Therapy 68.02 KB PDF
Ask the Candidates: Climate Justice 235.5 KB PDF
Ask the Candidates: Disability Issues 71.92 KB PDF
Ask the Candidates: Health Care 205.32 KB PDF
Ask the Candidates: Housing and Homelessness 60.17 KB PDF
Ask the Candidates: Indigenous Justice 142.28 KB PDF
Ask the Candidates: Mining Justice 83.6 KB PDF
Ask the Candidates: Peace-Building 70.13 KB PDF
Ask the Candidates: Poverty Elimination 67.38 KB PDF
Ask the Candidates: Refugees 203.15 KB PDF
Ask the Candidates: Work with Dignity 66.59 KB PDF
Voting: What Does Faith Have to Do with It? (Bulletin Insert) 99.36 KB PDF