Pastors from Historic Westside and North Las Vegas deliver sermons on Sunday urging people to vote
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) — Church pastors urged people to go to the polls Sunday in a valleywide effort at more than 30 Black-led church congregations in the historic Westside and in North Las Vegas. The partnership was led by Faith in Action Nevada, a multi-faith nonprofit organization.
Sunday morning services included voter registration, faith-centered messages about voting, signing the congregation’s 100% vote pledge, and sharing nonpartisan information about the midterm elections. mandate this year. The congregations showed solidarity by all wearing “We Will Vote” t-shirts during the service.
Las Vegas faith leaders, like the Reverend Dr. Karen Anderson of the First AME Church, have led sermons inspiring people to go to the polls.
“I know I felt it, and they seemed to feel it, and maybe they’ll go vote,” said Stephanie Montoya, a longtime First AME Church member.
Anderson’s sermon centered on the idea of “choosing wisely”.
“All of us children will live together in harmony and peace, but we must choose wisely,” Anderson said in his sermon. “Let me tell you something, you can kill your spirit when you let other people compromise your values.”
Anderson wove the ideas of faith, morality, and voting into each other.
“Democracy can only succeed if those who express their choice are willing to choose wisely,” Anderson said.
Montoya said she votes regularly, but hopes the Sunday service will encourage others who may be unlikely to participate this year.
“So often people think they’re just one person,” Montoya said.
It’s something Shaunda Johnson, executive director of Faith in Action Nevada, hopes to achieve through their valley-wide efforts.
“We know our voter turnout is lowest in midterm elections, so that’s why we prioritize African-American-led congregations,” Johnson said.
She added, “Our faith is not just about what happens within the four walls of the church, but how we act it out in public.”
That’s something Montoya is optimistic about, given today’s voting event.
“People look up to their pastors,” she said. “It’s your right, and you should use it.”
Faith in Action Nevada is also hosting an early voting event called Souls to the Polls on October 22 in Las Vegas. Churches will use vans and church buses, and caravan people to help them get to polling stations during early voting. Click on here to learn more.
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