Election Engagement and Get Out the Vote
Ongoing POWER phone banks
POWER has also organized phone banks every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-8:30 p.m. until the election. All are invited to participate.
News and Information
POWER Recommends: Vote "YES" on Policing Oversight and Ending Stop & Frisk
New prayer initiative offered in advance of elections in the United States
Presiding Bishop Curry's Word to the Church: What Did Jesus Do?
September 16, 2020
The following is a Word to the Church from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, and is also the text of his sermon at The Episcopal Church House of Bishops, which met virtually September 16, 2020. In it, Bishop Curry shares his thoughts on the role of the church in voting and in political and social reconciliation.
Visit the Episcopal Church's website at the button below to read the full text and for other resources.
Voting and Election Resources from the Office of Government Relations of the Episcopal Church
Use our existing resources
- Plan Your Vote: Perhaps the most important and stable message between now and the election is making a plan to vote. Given changing processes with COVID-19, this is more important than ever. https://episcopalchurch.org/
- Vote Faithfully Toolkit for election engagement https://episcopalchurch.org/
- 2020 Census Toolkit for census engagement, right now effective through the end of September. https://episcopalchurch.org/
- Civic Engagement on this page we will continue to add resources as we create them, on track for at least one new resource a week between now and Election Day. https://episcopalchurch.org/
- Faith and Citizenship: A Guide to Effective Advocacy for Episcopalians: we just rewrote this training guide for advocacy. Check it out here: https://episcopalchurch.org/
files/ogr_faith_and_(not yet available in Spanish) citizenship.pdf
- Postcard Project: a guide for hosting “slow advocacy” events to write elected officials. https://episcopalchurch.org/
files/ogr_episcopal_postcard_(not yet available in Spanish) project.pdf
- Resource on Misinformation: a critical resource that is unique for faith communities. https://episcopalchurch.org/
posts/ogr/misinformation-(coming soon in Spanish) disinformation-fake-news-why- do-we-care
- Make Me an Instrument of Peace: a course with ChurchNext on civil discourse. There are multiple ways to engage this material, links for which can be found here: https://episcopalchurch.org/
OGR/civic-engagementBrand new ad for the course: https://www.facebook.com/ ChurchNext/posts/ 4462906597114696
The Rev. Carol DuncanDeacon
(330) 705-4795 |
The Rev. Carol Duncan (she/her) attended the Shipley School and William Smith College in Geneva NY, majoring in English Lit. After school, she moved to Canton, Ohio to run the remnants of a family business.
She married her husband Bob, who was Vice President Smyth Systems, a data processing firm specializing in country club and golf tournament systems. Their daughter Christie was born in 1968, Kate in 1973.
At St. Paul’s Canton she served on the vestry and as a church school teacher. With the Diocese of Ohio she served on the Peace and Justice Commission. She received the Betty Leo award for outstanding social justice work.
In 1988 she became the Housing Development Coordinator of ICAN Housing Solutions, a non-profit that developed permanent supportive housing for the homeless living with mental illness. She served as president of the board of Coalition for Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO), a nationally respected homeless advocacy organization.
She was ordained to the Diaconate in 1996. Her first parish was Trinity Alliance. In 2000 she returned as Deacon at her home parish St Paul’s where she served until 2011. Bob died in 2009. She retired from ICAN and moved to Philadelphia in September 2011. Her daughter Christie Duncan-Tessmer is General Secretary of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.
Carol is Co-Chair of the Economic Dignity Team of Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower and Rebuild (POWER). Its primary campaign is to create Philly solutions for Philly Poverty. A main thrust is to raise the minimum wage to $15 while supporting local businesses. Carol also serves on City Council’s Living Wage Committee and on the boards of Deaconess House Foundation, Teen UpRise, and Friends of the Chestnut Hill Library.
The Rev. Jarrett KerbelRector
(215) 247-7466 ext. 101 |
The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel (he/him) was educated at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He was ordained Priest in 1995 in Danville, Pennsylvania where he worked as a Hospital Chaplain and a Head Start teacher. Pastoral positions followed at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Flossmoor, Illinois, St. Paul and the Redeemer in Chicago, and then Rector at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Park Ridge, Illinois. After following his wife, the Rev. Dr. Alison Boden, to her new position in Princeton, New Jersey, he was called to be the Executive Director of the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County. The largest food pantry and the gateway agency for Homelessness Prevention services in Mercer County, the Crisis Ministry also runs a Welfare to Work program and an innovative free farmers market. Jarrett became Rector of St. Martin’s in February 2011. He formerly served as the co-chair of Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower and Rebuild (POWER). Jarrett serves as Dean of the Wissahickon Deanery and is an Associate of the Order of the Holy Cross. He is an Adjunct Professor at Princeton Theological Seminary where he co-teaches a regular class on Faith Based Community Organizing, Theology and Practice. Jarrett has been published in Sojourners, the Huffington Post, Yours the Power, and the Journal of Public Theology. He is the father of two children, Timothy and Martha.