An election resource from the Centre for Public Ethics at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.
The people of Ontario go to the polls on June 7, 2018, to choose their next provincial government. The Centre for Public Ethics has prepared these bulletins to help members of faith communities discuss issues and deliberate on their electoral choices.
There are many ways your congregation or faith community can get involved in both the campaign and the election. Some people may just want to make an informed choice on for whom to vote, while others might want to be more directly involved.
Your faith community may want to provide educational opportunities for young adults, first-time voters, and even for seasoned voters. Faith communities can model events for voters by being safe and civil centres for moral discussions and deliberation.
The following information provides some ideas on how you and your faith community can be involved in the election. The suggestions have been ranked according to their level of engagement. You can choose the level of engagement you feel most comfortable with. There are a few things to remember as you consider your involvement:
Invite community groups to come and speak about how they are affected by the issues (e.g. low-income groups, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, etc.).
For creation where many long for the good earth, clean water, and a clear sky, For food where many are hungry,
For a home where many are homeless,
For a livelihood where many still can’t find work, For neighbours and friends where many are lonely, For enough for all where some have too much,
We pray for wisdom to discern justice, to work for peace and to sustain God’s gift of creation.
For leaders offering to lead this province,
For Kathleen Wynne (Liberal), Vic Fedeli (Interim-PC), Andrea Horwath (NDP), Mike Schreiner (Green Party),
For all willing to stand as candidates in their ridings
Especially we remember... (Insert name of candidates in your riding),
For all the families of candidates and for those who work to support them,
We give thanks and pray they may be guided by wisdom, compassion, civility and a commitment to the good of all, especially the most vulnerable among us.
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