Our colleagues in the Institute for Welcoming Resources, the faith arm of the NGLTF, have passed along this invitation for people of faith who want to help in one of the marriage equality campaigns this election season:
Dear Welcoming Church Colleagues,
The number of congregations who, like you, have taken the courageous stand to state publicly that they fully welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons and families into the life of their churches, is ever-growing. This vital and ecumenical movement is happening in so many places. We may use different language (Welcoming, Reconciling, Open and Affirming, More Light, Believe Out Loud, etc.) but we all share a commitment to justice that truly ALL are welcome in God’s House.
We write to you as pastors and members of welcoming congregations because we need your help. This is a unique opportunity for us, as welcoming congregations, to stand together and to make a difference.
Your neighbors need your help.
This November, marriage is on the ballot in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington. And it’s a big deal – if a majority of voters in any of the four states vote to support the freedom to marry for same-sex couples, we’ll make history by securing our first-ever marriage win at the ballot box.
It’s potentially a watershed moment for the entire marriage movement, but the polls show that this race is neck-and-neck. We’ll win or lose the freedom to marry based on how many volunteers are on the ground in each of the four states, knocking on doors and talking to voters between now and Election Day.
That’s why people of faith across the country are teaming up with United for Marriage and heading up to ME, MD, MN, or WA for a weekend to help the campaigns.
Can you join them for a weekend – or even two? Click to sign up now and a United for Marriage organizer will be in touch with you soon.
Don’t have a car? Or maybe you have a car and would be willing to drive others? Either way, United for Marriage will work with you to arrange your travel plans and find housing for you while you’re there.
Once you get there you’ll receive a full orientation and training, and then work with a dedicated team on a campaign to win marriage equality. Spend a day, two days, or even a week – it’s up to you!
We’re one month away from Election Day and need all hands on deck to win.
Our opponents like to cite faith as their reason for opposing marriage equality. But with your help, we’ll prove that a growing number of Americans are working to win the freedom to marry because of – not in spite of – their faith.
Thanks for getting involved,
Rev. Rebecca Voelkel David Lohman
Faith Work Director Faith Work Coordinator
Nat’l. Gay & Lesbian Task Force’s Institute for Welcoming Resources