Choose Wisely; Remember Well (Ekklesia Project)

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August 20, 2012 by mark_s

(The following blog post was originally published by The Ekklesia Project. For the original post, click here.)

 

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19 AUG 2012

Thanks to a campaign organized by Mennonite pastors, there’s reason for those of us in the United States to look forward to November 6 as something more than the official end of a nasty and dispiriting secular political cycle: whatever you choose to do on Election Day in the US, take time to consciously celebrate the unifying communion of and in the Body of Christ. Among the goals of this Election Day Communion Campaign is “…to build unity in Christ despite theological, political, and denominational differences.”

Commenting elsewhere, Julia Smucker echoes the campaign’s recommendation that readers celebrate the Eucharist on US Election Day, referring to it as an Anamnesis, the liturgical act of Eucharistic remembrance, a call in this case to remember, among other things:

that real power in this world — the power to save, to transform, to change – ultimately rests not in political parties or presidents or protests but in the life, the death, and the resurrection of Jesus;

Whatever your ecclesial tradition, whatever your secular political choices, this is an opportunity – on a day so often given to division and righteous indignation -”to re-member the body of Christ…,” and to confess “…the ways in which partisan politics has separated us from God and each other.”

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Ephesians 4:2-6

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

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