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Minnesota Council of Churches Response to Minnesota’s Constitutional Amendments

The Voter ID Amendment

Rev. Canon Peg Chemberlin, executive director of the Minnesota Council of Churches, expressed joy and relief at the defeat of the Voter ID amendment Tuesday. “Once our board of directors realized what a threat this amendment was to students, seniors, soldiers abroad and people with disabilities, we could not as people of faith have been silent.”

Since the religious officials on its Board of Directors voted to oppose the amendment in September, Minnesota Council of Churches worked to educate voters by sending information about the amendment via its weekly newsletter to thousands of churches and individuals across Minnesota, via direct emails to communications staff at member denominations, and via a widely-covered press event. Minnesota Council of Churches also encouraged member congregations to call and talk to their neighbors about opposing the amendment.

Many member denominations also took official stances opposed to the amendment, including the Minneapolis Area Synod ELCA, Saint Paul Area Synod ELCA, Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ and Episcopal Church in Minnesota, and provided additional resources and advocacy opportunities.

The congregations represented by the MN Council of Churches can be counted on to speak up and work for justice – just as they did to defeat this amendment.

Chemberlin acknowledged MCC’s other partners in this ministry, including ISAIAH, Jewish Community Action, Central Lutheran Church, Our Vote Our Future and other tireless advocates for God’s children in this world.

“We go with God,” said Rev. Canon Chemberlin, “knowing that Minnesota’s people of faith have helped to preserve the right to vote for those at the margins of our society. We will continue to listen for God’s call on our work to manifest the unity of the body of Christi and build the common good in the world.”

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