Check out the ELCA Civic Engagement Guide and other resources for ideas about how we can get involved and involve others in our advocacy for humanity. We are church. We know how it feels to be part of a community. Our nation is governed as a type of democracy, and helping everyone be part of that shared experience can be part of our individual and congregational civic engagement. The ELCA social message “Government and Civic Engagement in the United States: Discipleship in a Democracy” reads, “We [practice civic engagement] to act against destructive consequences but also for fair and compassionate governance.”
Vicar Wylie Cook, who served in our advocacy offices in Washington, D.C., recalls their experience listening to every Supreme Court decision, especially those that directly impacted them and their faith.
"For me, as a Lutheran, I had to be there," they said.
Check out this brief video, developed by ELCA Young Adults which focuses on public advocacy, to find out what situation caused Wylie to speak those words, and consider whether these connections inspire you to go "into the world . . . witnessing to the way of love that could truly transform."
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