Public Faith Statement on the 2016 American Elections

Today is an important day in the life of our nation. Millions of Americans will head to the polls to make their voice heard and steward the influence they have as citizens in the direction of their country.

We affirm the legitimacy of our democratic process and encourage all Americans to participate through their vote. We hope voters will consider Public Faith’s vision statement as they head to the polls and that candidates will be elected who will respect human dignity, care for the vulnerable, and promote the flourishing of the communities they will serve.

Regardless of who is elected today, Public Faith is committed to working with those elected—to support them whenever possible and to hold them accountable with civility when we disagree. 

This has been a divisive election, and our politics has not been worthy of our people. But each new day in this country offers an opportunity to change course. That does not just happen at the ballot box, but in how we live in private and in public. As Christians, we commit to pursuing the well-being of our communities and a healthier politics. In light of this election, we hope our nation reassesses its political life and political imagination, and Public Faith intends to be a small part of that process.