Golden Rule 2020:
A Call for Dignity and Respect in Politics
Sunday, November 3, 2019
On Sunday, November 3, 2019, join individuals and congregations from a wide range of theological and political views in supporting Golden Rule 2020: A Call for Dignity and Respect in Politics. On this day, exactly one year before the national election, Christians will come together to affirm the need to apply spiritual principles to our political discussions in order to heal divisions in our country.
What is the Purpose of Golden Rule 2020?
The purpose of Golden Rule 2020 is to get churches from across the theological and political spectrum to demonstrate their concern about the polarization in our country and emphasize the need for Christians to take specific actions to counteract it. On Sunday, November 3, 2019, congregations will do this by emphasizing that Christian teachings about human dignity and, in particular, Jesus' command to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” should apply to our political discussions. Many other faith traditions also teach some form of "The Golden Rule," and all who would like to join in applying this principle to our politics throughout 2020, are most welcomed.
Who is Organizing It?
Golden Rule 2020 was created by Christian leaders of diverse views at an event hosted by the National Institute for Civil Discourse in May of 2019. Those who created Golden Rule 2020 represent a diverse group of denominations and organizations including: American Baptist Churches USA, National Association of Evangelicals, The Episcopal Church, the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Presbyterian Church USA, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Mormon Women for Ethical Government, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Council of Churches. Congregations associated with these and many other Christian groups will be participating.
What Will Happen on November 3, 2019?
Congregations all over the country will take time during worship services to pray for our country and emphasis Christian teachings about dignity, respect and the need for civility in our political discussions. One suggested focus is the practical application of the Golden Rule and how politics in 2020 would be different if Christians followed Biblical teachings about how to treat people who disagree with them. Congregations will participate in a wide variety of ways including: Special readings and prayers, Sunday School lessons, using a short liturgy, putting information about Golden Rule 2020 in bulletins, having sermons on the need for dignity and respect, and providing suggestions about how church members can apply the Golden Rule to political discussions.
Why is Golden Rule 2020 Important?
A large nationwide activity involving both liberal and conservative Christians will call attention to the fact that how we treat our political opponents is a moral issue and encourage millions of people to do what they can to bridge the divisions in our country. Media coverage of this unique event can help make concerns about civility and respect a more central issue in 2020 and help begin the healing that our country so badly needs.
How to Participate
Information on how to participate and materials you can use in your congregation can be found at www.ReviveCivility.org . You can also sign up here to indicate your support for Golden Rule 2020 and receive updates on its activities.