No politician, no party can deliver the utopian society they promise. Neither candidate is the hope of the world. As Christians, we believe that job is taken.
— Ben Irwin
The former Zondervan publishing executive and Episcopalian Michigander has teamed up with two Mennonite pastors to create Election Day Communion. The campaign is a network of more than 600 congregations of all denominations in all 50 states who have signed on to gather together on November 6th "to build unity in Christ in the midst of theological, political, and denominational differences" in "red states, blue states, and swing states." The site leads with this manifesto:
Some of us will choose to vote for Barack Obama.
Some of us will choose to vote for Mitt Romney.
Some of us will choose to vote for another candidate.
Some of us will choose not to vote.
During the day of November 6, 2012, we will make different choices for different reasons, hoping for different results.
But that evening while our nation turns its attention to the outcome of the presidential election, let’s again choose differently. But this time, let’s do it together.
It's a noble effort that speaks to the premise of our own Civil Conversations Project, in which we aim to provide tools and ideas for healing our fractured civic spaces. This collaboration is one of those kindred projects that speaks to people's yearning to achieve disagreement and work together.
(h/t to Charley Honey of The Grand Rapids Press for calling our attention to EDC.)