From Heidi Pitts, Director of Communications:
In my early twenties I was part of a large, socially conservative evangelical church. As the U.S. was gearing up for the 2004 presidential election, the pastor (who everyone knew had signs supporting a specific candidate in his front yard) exhorted the congregation to “vote based on morals, not the economy.” This pissed me off, to the point that I created my first piece of protest clothing. Every Sunday for the next month I wore a white T-shirt with “THE ECONOMY IS A MORAL ISSUE” scribbled on in it in black Sharpie.
I’m not sure that the pastor ever noticed my shirt, and people at church skirted around me silently, but when I wore it to my city-league ultimate frisbee game and in the bar we frequented afterward, conversation abounded. People were intrigued and wanted to know what I meant. Many of them had clear ideas about what made a “good” or “bad” budget, but didn’t think that Christians cared about anything political beyond outlawing abortion and gay marriage. The discussions were rich and eye-opening and challenging.
As Canon Neysa exhorted us during Eucharist at the Close this morning, “Sometimes, our job is to spark curiosity about what God is doing. It is a curious time in the United States. It is a curious time in the Church. And we must be out there – companioning, but not judging; listening, but not necessarily agreeing.” Though we may not always come to the same conclusions as the governments of this world or those of the person in the pew next to us, our faith is in God’s kingdom of justice, mercy, and peace, and our call is to proclaim that in word and deed (and, when necessary, homemade protest wear).