For communities like ours at Pax Christi USA, elections present us with the opportunity to inject the values of peace with justice into the national conversation. The centerpiece of our resources for prayer, study and action during this election is our Statement of Principles. On this page, you’ll find resources built around this articulation of the principles we hold and the issues they impact within the context of the 2020 elections. This is our opportunity to pray, study and act, to #VotePax, and to move our nation closer to that beloved community which is at the heart of our mission as the peace of Christ in the world today.
Pax Christi USA Statement of Principles for the 2020 Elections
- Click here for an easily scrollable version of Pax Christi USA’s Statement of Principles for the 2020 elections.
- Click here for a printable PDF version of Pax Christi USA’s Statement of Principles for the 2020 elections.
- Download and share this graphic quote from Pope Francis which accompanies our Statement of Principles by clicking here.
- Click here for a special Fall 2020 edition of Pax Christi USA’s membership newsletter, The Peace Current, with resources for the 2020 elections.
PSAs (i.e. Pray-Study-Act alerts)
- Safeguarding the election and preparing for nonviolent action afterward, Oct. 22
- Election 2020 – #VotePax, Oct. 12
- Download and use this prayer card, Prayer for this Election Season, by our Deputy Director Sr. Dianna Ortiz, OSU. For a print-ready version (4 prayer cards to one 8.5 x 11 sheet) suitable for printing multiple copies and sharing, click here for the front of the card and here for the back. Additionally, a group of people within Pax Christi USA have committed to praying this prayer daily from now through the end of Election Day. All within the Pax Christi USA community are invited to pray it daily at 12pm ET (11am CT, 10am MT, 9am PT).
- Prayer for Leadership, by Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace Joan Chittister, osb
- Revealing God’s Love in the Midst of Uncertainty, from the Society of the Sacred Heart, USC Province
- Pax Christi USA Statement of Principles for the 2020 Elections
- Watch the video of the 2020 Elections Virtual Teach-in, “Working for Peace with Justice” for deeper dives into racial justice, (im)migration, the climate crisis, nuclear disarmament and militarism
- Watch the video, “Confronting Institutionalized Violence with Gospel Nonviolence” for a deeper discussion of militarism, racism and economic injustice
- Watch the video, “On (Im)migration and the U.S. elections” for a deeper discussion of the root causes of (im)migration and their relation to this year’s election
- On racial justice: Leslye Colvin, “Voting with a heavy heart”
- On LGBTQ equality: Francis DeBernardo, “LGBTQ equality is not primarily about sexual ethics; it is fundamentally about social justice”
- On militarism/nuclear disarmament: Marie Dennis, “The U.S. needs a fundamentally new understanding of strength and security”
- On labor: Joseph Fahey, “The 2020 election and Catholic support for labor unions”
- On the climate crisis: Heather Navarro, “Injustice, inequity are at the heart of U.S. failures to engage on climate change”
- On racial justice: Vicki Lott, “Racial equity begins with telling the true stories of our pre-slavery African history”
- “Fratelli Tutti has a message for the U.S. on the eve of an election,” by Rev. Joe Nangle, ofm
- Use or share our #VotePax – Elections 2020 Toolkit to either make your own plan for voting or to support, encourage and protect other’s plans to vote
- An election season message for our brother priests: Action opportunity for bishops, priests and pastors
- Take the Voter’s Covenant being shared via Faithful Democracy
- Write letters to the editor with tips from NETWORK
- Come up with a Voter Plan using these resources from Faithful Democracy
- Make sure you’re ready to vote with BallotReady
ON SAFEGUARDING THE ELECTION PROCESS
Pax Christi USA is committed to supporting fair and transparent elections, assuring the integrity of the democratic process, and that all parties honor the results. Below are resources for defending democracy in the lead-up to the election, on Election Day, and afterward.
- Choose Democracy: Includes a pledge to take nonviolent action if a coup is attempted, get trained for actions, ideas on what you can do to defend democracy, and more.
- “We can help prevent an election crisis. Here’s how.” by Rose Marie Berger, Sojourners
- “In the event of a tainted election, the faith community must rise up,” by Barbara Williams-Skinner and Adam Russell Taylor, Sojourners
- “10 things you need to know to stop a coup,” by Daniel Hunter, Waging Nonviolence
- An election season message for our brother priests, from Pax Christi USA priests
- Upcoming nonviolent action trainings with a post-elections scenario focus on Oct. 25, 29, and 31 by the DC Peace Team
- Count Every Vote trainings from Faith in Public Life, including Media and Messaging Training for Faith Leaders Tuesday, October 27th, from 2-3 PM ET; Nonviolent Civil Action for People of Faith 2.0: Wednesday, October 28th, 7-9pm ET; De-escalation Best Practices: October 29th, 6-7:15 p.m. ET.
- Nonviolent Tools for Everyday People to De-escalate Violence, webinar on Oct. 27 with Meta Peace Team. Find additional Meta Peace Team virtual trainings by date at this link.
- Election 2020 Nonviolence and De-escalation Training on Nov. 1 with the Gandhi Team; more election 2020 resource from the Gandhi Team at this link.
- “Preparing for a November surprise,” by Marie Stephan, Candace Rondeaux and Erica Chenoweth of Political Violence at a Glance
- Additional tools in nonviolence training from the Shanti Sena Network
- Protect the Results, sign up for an event near you
OTHER RESOURCES AND PAST STATEMENTS
- Faith leaders’ statement on integrity, safety, and fairness in the 2020 U.S. election (Pax Christi USA is a signatory)
- Pray-Study-Act (PSA) e-bulletin for Oct. 12
- LCWR’s pre-election reflections series, “Towards a More Perfect Union”
- The Gospel, Nonviolence and Civil Discourse: Reflections on civil discourse, respectful dialogue across difference, and nonviolence, by Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace Marie Dennis, from 2012
- Life Does Not End at Birth, U.S. election statement from 2008
- The Catholic Vote and Catholic Values: Called to Embrace All of Life, U.S. election statement from from 2004
- Choosing a presidential candidate, an entry in our Peaceweavings series from 2004, by Fr. John Rausch, glmy