Sunday, November 15 | 10:30 am and 1:00 pm.
Episcopal parishes in Contra Costa are working together to host post-election gatherings, based on programs developed by the non-partisan Braver Angels.org, starting with separate gatherings of Distressed and Delighted.
For people who are feeling Delighted or pleased about the election outcomes, you are invited to join Rev. Laurie Moyer, Assistant Rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Walnut Creek at 1:00 pm at this Zoom link.
For people who are feeling Distressed or unhappy about the election outcomes, you are invited to join Rev. Deb White, Rector at Grace Episcopal Church in Martinez. This will take place at 10:30 am via Zoom. Please pre-register at this link.
At a later date, we will have a second, joint gathering for everyone.
Questions? Email Emily Hopkins or call her at (925) 324-9056.
The days following the 2020 presidential election may become the most divisive period in modern U.S. history—no matter who wins.
People on the losing side will have a wide range of emotions ranging from intense disappointment to grief, rage, and despair. The temptation will be to avoid, ostracize, or attack people on the winning side. People on the winning side will feel vindicated. The temptation will be to act triumphantly towards those on the other side.
Both sides will worry about how people on the other side will treat them.
In other words, the days after the election could begin a dark time of polarization in the land—unless we act together to make it otherwise.
That’s where the With Malice Toward None initiative comes in.
We the People will have both the opportunity and the responsibility to seize the post-election moment by bringing many Americans together in our religious communities, colleges, and civic groups.
The goal is to create a space for people to deal with their emotions (positive and negative), to build our capacities for working together to address our common challenges, and to commit ourselves to a renewed citizenship.
This is not about covering over strong political differences or encouraging people to support whoever wins the election.
It is about a commitment to respecting the humanity of those who differ from us. It is about recognizing our foundational role as citizens to be the architects and agents of a more perfect union.