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Encouragement and Engagement for the 2020 Election

by Bill Kincaid

A critical presidential election looms before us. Christians want to play a constructive role and make a positive difference, but often are unsure how to get involved and what issues to address. Letters to the Church seeks to help the church:

  • to think again about God’s presence and purposes in our lives and in the world
  • to shine the light and language of our faith on issues and situations that diminish individuals and threaten our common life
  • and to prompt us all to think about what it means to be the church in the face of these particular challenges and opportunities.

Designed for individuals and church study groups, the book begins with a letter to pastors and a letter to congregations. Pastors and congregations share a mutual vulnerability these days that is hampered by an inability or lack of interest in open, honest, faith-informed conversations.

What We Are Experiencing Now - letters in this section address the anxiety of often feeling on-edge and off-balance, the craving for certainty, the revival of deadly prejudices and unresolved grief.

What We Hope - readers can envision an inclusive American family portrait, the hope of trusting each other again, the desire to see courageous leadership exercised and the need for clarity between ethical commitments and political maneuvering.

What We Are Called To - letters encourage acts of confession and justice, careful and critical thinking, the need for allies, recognition of when to support and when to resist and a path for constructive engagement.

Each letter names a specific issue and describes the importance of that issue for our country and for this particular election season. Each letter concludes with reflections on “The Witness of the Church.”

Whatever the outcome of any heavily partisan election where money and shrill voices are likely to dominate, our first calling is to be the church, to be light to the world. Letters to the Church seeks to support the church in that vocation through re-centering ourselves, clarifying our commitments and engaging courageously.
 

About the Contributor
Contributor
Bill Kincaid

Bill Kincaid is the Herald B. Monroe Associate Professor of Leadership and Ministry Studies at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. An ordained Disciples of Christ minister, Bill joined the CTS faculty in 2008. He teaches in the area of pastoral leadership, congregational life and work, and contextual appreciation and engagement. 

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