GEORGIA US SENATE RUNOFF – ON OUR MINDS!
“Georgia, oh Georgia — No, no, no, no, no peace I find
Just an old sweet song — Keeps Georgia on my mind.”
Dear Second Episcopal District Family,
The Georgia US Senate Runoff is definitely on our Minds!
What happens in the Peach State of Georgia on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, may very well define the future of this nation and the world for decades to come.
As millions of its citizens make their way to the start of early voting beginning today, December 14, 2020, and to the voting precincts Tuesday, January 5, 2021, to cast their vote in the U. S Senate election, the mind, eye, heart, and spirit of America and the global community will be focused on the State of Georgia. As the song so artistically echoes, Let’s Keep the citizens of Georgia on our minds and foremost in our prayers.
Although the state of Georgia is not in the geographical location that comprises the illustrative Second Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, we want our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the State of Georgia to know we understand the urgency of the work to which we all have been called to do in the struggle for justice, equality and a fair democracy for people of color as well as for peoples throughout the world.
We commend Bishop Reginald L. Jackson, Presiding Prelate, the clergy and congregants of the 6th Episcopal District for their courageous involvement – through critical activism and support in mobilizing people to speak out and VOTE in the Electoral Process. They persevered with other prominent leaders and grassroots, state, and national organizations in laying the groundwork to encourage AME members in Georgia to get out the vote in mass numbers.
Indeed, the phenomenal outcome of the 2020 election in Georgia was a historical representation of what can happen when people work inclusively rather than exclusively. Together, Georgian voters moved the needle in key areas that profoundly impacted the outcome for their communities. That is cause to celebrate!
However, the battle is not over. Our country is still facing unparalleled challenges to its promise of liberty and justice for all. There are still formidable forces abusing power and undermining the rule of law that should guarantee that equal treatment should be enjoyed by everyone.
The needle must be moved again by voting for senators who will uphold the Constitution by enacting laws that support the principles of equity inclusion and diversity. Their platform must represent God’s platform– by guaranteeing that all people regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, or creed, have equal access to their rights as human beings. Anything less is unacceptable.
We are encouraging every pastor/clergy and lay to be on the right side of history by supporting the citizens of Georgia. We cannot vote in the Georgia Senate runoff election; but we can demonstrate solidarity by supporting them financially, morally, and spiritually. Keep the citizens of Georgia optimistic as they prepare to head to the polls.
Be an encourager. Make calls and engage in conversations with those you know in Georgia. Send frequent messages of cheer and invigoration, utilizing your social media networks. Pick up your phone and call them consistently as a daily reminder to get to the polls on January 5, 2021. Campaigns are expensive. Empower them through your financial contributions to reach masses of Georgians who might otherwise not be reached.
Please join us in keeping Georgia on our minds and in our prayers; and undergird with other tangible methods of support.
And at the end of the day, under the guidance and covering of God’s Holy Spirit, our Savior’s will for Georgia, the Nation, and the world will eventually be realized. And together, we will win!
In the Spirit of The REAL Church – Rising to the Challenge, I remain,
James Levert Davis