The Justice Connection's mission is two-fold: Connecting the Faith Community and the Public Sector, and Resourcing the Faith Community in the Work of Justice.
I never used to endorse candidates - until Donald Trump became a candidate and then I knew there was a moral choice that I had to make and give witness to. I have publicly endorsed Joe Biden and I write to ask if you might wish to as well. We are not speaking behalf of anyone else, just for ourselves. It is legal to do that; one just can’t endorse on behalf of your organization.
I know many of you may feel that your ministry setting makes it very difficult for you to do this. I understand, but if you feel like you could and should endorse Biden’s candidacy here is a way to do that.
This is one of the most consequential elections of my lifetime. For many religious leaders, this is the time to take the unprecedented move of publicly endorsing a candidate for President
Last week more than 1600 clergy leaders all over the country announced their personal endorsement of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Their pronouncement: "The choice to endorse in my personal capacity isn't a political one, it is a moral one." Our democracy is at a precipice, and our clergy leaders and faith community leaders are on the front lines for the fight for our Democracy.
A drive for faith leaders endorsement of Biden is now here in MN, and I want to invite you to be a part of it with me.
Would you consider the following:
1. Sign on as a public faith endorser in your personal capacity
2. Share this link via email and Facebook
3. Follow up with your colleagues directly via text or phone to ask them to sign?
They already have 170 public endorsers. They want to collect the bulk of our endorsements by tomorrow so please sign and share quickly. I so appreciate your moral courage in this moment. Thank you!
Please Sign up Here / Share this link with Friends and Colleagues: https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLSeZADf6V6ua1G.../viewform
Full Info on what said endorsement process entails:
"This is one of the most consequential elections of our lifetimes. For many religious leaders, this is the time to take the unprecedented move of publicly endorsing a candidate for President. This form is a sign-up for you in your personal capacity, not with any congregational or religious community affiliation. This is a fully 501(c)3-compliant ask. Signing up to endorse does not violate any legal requirements.
This list of endorsements will be used in a press release, possibly a press conference, and will be included within an Op-Ed (co-authored by various MN Clergy Leaders) supporting the Biden/Harris ticket which may run in a major Minnesota newspaper.
This is one of the most consequential elections of our lifetimes. For many religious leaders, this is the time to take the unprecedented move of publicly endorsing a candidate for President. This form is a sign-up for you in your personal capacity, not with any congregational or religious community affiliation. This is a fully 501(c)3-compliant ask. Signing up to endorse does not violate any legal requirements. This list of endorsements will be used in a press release, possibly a press conference, and will be included within an Op-Ed (co-authored by a number of MN Clergy Leaders) supporting the Biden/Harris ticket which may run in a major Minnesota newspaper.
Consulting with Purpose
Chemberlin is a coach, speaker, author, and strategist at the intersection of faith and public life. She is the founder of Justice Connections Consultants LLC. She served as CEO of the Minnesota Council of Churches, as president of the National Council of Churches of Christ-USA, and on President Obama’s first Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. She is the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Moravian College and Seminary, the Bridge Builders Award from the Islamic Resource Group, and the Governor’s Award for Women of Distinction, among many others.
MESSAGES FROM PREVIOUS AND CURRENT PARTNERS
What My Clients Have to Say
“It has been my privilege to be part of Auburn's Justice Ministry Education Moravian Cohort which began in January 2019, under the direction and supervision of The Rev. Canon Peg Chemberlin. The JME program includes cohort gatherings, assigned readings, conversations with the supervisor and others engaged in justice ministry, research, field site activities, various justice movement experiences, self-reflection, and other opportunities for learning. Through this comprehensive and challenging JME program, I have grown significantly in my understanding of God's justice, and developed strategies for engagement in on-going, transformative justice work in a variety of settings including congregations and the communities they serve. I highly recommend Auburn's JME program to people of faith seeking to work with others to bring transformative change that reflects God's vision for the world.”
Rev. Sue Koenig
“Given the political climate of our day and the significant changes in government policy that are impacting the most vulnerable in our world, I am convinced that the church carries a vital role to claim and live out the gospel values that Jesus taught us. Now, more than ever, our voices need to be heard. This class has helped to give me not only the tools, but a growing passion and courage to be among those who stand up against the systemic injustices that are prevalent today. We need to help others grow in their understandings of and commitment to the justice that God requires of us, and this class is a valuable mechanism to make that happen.”
Rev. Judy Ganz
“Justice coaching keeps in focus God's call to justice in my service as a pastoral leader. The coaching provides clarity about current ministry and strategies to engage in future work. The time equips me to be more effective in working for justice with my faith community."