"Faithful Democracy" Stresses Civil Participation Rooted in Religious Values

April 2, 2004

Source: Episcopal News Service

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On April 2, 2004 the Episcopal News Service reported, "During an election year, the importance of casting informed votes and underlining how each and every ballot makes a difference cannot be emphasized enough, according to Faithful Democracy, a coalition of religious organizations which is committed to promoting faithful engagement in the democratic process. A press conference in Judiciary Square, Washington, D.C., drew representatives from the Episcopal Church, National Council of Churches, United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, Interfaith Alliance and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, among others, to alert the public to the new partnership and common commitment...The three goals of Faithful Democracy are to increase the number of people casting informed votes that are counted in the 2004 elections, to increase the number of people with a commitment to responsible civil participation that is grounded in their religious values, and to create or strengthen lasting partnerships between different religious groups, and between the faith community and secular organizations at the local level. The conference also announced the launch of Faithful Democracy's official website [www.faithfuldemocracy.org], which will offer people of faith a wealth of voter participation resources and numerous opportunities for coordinated action."