ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has issued a statement on next week’s U.S. election. In the statement, Eaton offers an invitation to a national prayer service. “This coming Sunday, Nov. 1, at 4 p.m. Eastern time, I will join many other religious leaders in the Holding On to Hope National Prayer Service, to be held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.,” the statement read, in part.
“Please join me for this special occasion to pray for the good of our nation on the eve of Election Day. Even as we pray, we are called to participate in our nation’s electoral process as one way God works through us to love and serve the neighbor (Matthew 22:39). Our vote is a choice about what will make our society a more just, more whole community where human dignity is honored and rights are upheld.”
In the statement, Eaton cited the ELCA’s social message, ”Government and Civic Engagement”: “The ELCA holds to the biblical idea that God calls God’s people to be active citizens and to ensure that everyone benefits from the good of government.”