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Faith Community Resources: Election '08 & Beyond


[Please note:  There are many more resources available.  The ones listed below are available from the members and partners of the Faithful Reform in Health Care coalition.  These selected resources either specifically include something related to faith perspectives on the health care issue, or help people of faith better understand their role in participating in the democratic process.]

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(listed alphabetically)

Activate '08 Voters Guide - A Guide to the Candidates and the Issues:  Produced by the Muslim Council of Public Affairs to promote greater awareness and participation among Muslim American voters.

Called to Be A Public Church - 2008 ELCA Voting and Civic Participation Guide:  A comprehensive resource intended to encourage congregations to be informed and active participants in our civic life.  It includes review of IRS guidelines for church civic participation, instruction on permissible, nonpartisan electoral activities, and issue briefs on a range of topics of concern for Lutherans, Christians, and all people.

Christian & Citizen Election Year Resource: A comprehensive resource from the Washington Office of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to provide information about electoral issues and guidelines for getting involved in political action as a person of faith. 

Election News Now: Resources for Critical Reflection provided by Evangelicals for Social Action.

Faithful Citizenship 2008:  Non-partisan election information and resources provided by the Disciples Center for Public Witness,  the Disciples Justice Action Network, and Park Avenue Christian Church, all of which are related to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Health Care Issue Briefing:  An issue briefing from the United Church of Christ campaign Our Faith Our Vote. Includes questions for candidates.

Health Care Sabbath 2008: Congregational Took Kit from the Illinois Campaign for Better Health Care Faith Caucus.

Our Faith Our Vote: A full range of information provided by the United Church of Christ to help individuals and congregations understand their voter and political rights.

Putting Health Care for All at the Top of the Election Agenda: A toolkit produced by RESULTS with numerous resources for on-the-ground actions and suggestions for getting involved in the electoral process.

Responding to the Call: A 2008 Presidential Candidate Chart for Conscientious Catholics from the Network Education Program, a partner with Network, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby. (also available in Spanish )

Sample Letter to State Candidates:  A sample letter from the Union for Reform Judaism to encourage candidates for state offices to make health care a legislative priority in their states.

Speak Truth to Power - A Guide for Congregations Taking Public Policy Positions:  A hands-on guide from the Union for Reform Judaism that provides step-by-step advice about how to develop a process for taking policy positions and how to adopt and implement such positions.

The Role of the Faith Community in the Health Care Debate:  An outline and script for a two-hour forum to help people of faith understand their unique role in both the public discussion about health care reform and in the effort to build a vision for health care based on faith-inspired values. Developed by the Social Action Office of the Cleveland (OH) Catholic Diocese.

U.S. Presidential Election 2008:  A Guide that compares the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church with the perspectives of the presidential candidates.

Vision and Voice - Faithful Citizens and Health Care: A 4-session adult education and dialogue series to help people of faith understand health care reform through the lens of faith values. 

Vote the Common Good: Strategies for Citizen Activism, Election 2008 provided by NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby.

Voter Education Guide: A list of 11 things congregations can do before the November elections provided by the Wisconsin Council of Churches.

Voter Information Center of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism:  An online collection of information about non-profit engagement in the political process, get-out-the vote strategies and more. 

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