For Immediate Release
Contact: Lola Vinson, Faith in Texas, 972.890.1113, firstname.lastname@example.org
More than 20 churches and community organizations across Dallas County participated in weekend events to engage their congregations in this year’s election.
DALLAS – Faith in Texas over the weekend hosted the Super Soul Sunday: Rock the Righteous Vote celebration, joined by Reverend Jesse Jackson, featuring more than 20 congregations and social justice organizations from across Dallas. In partnership with Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and African American Pastors Coalition, the multi-location event was coordinated to empower and energize the community to vote in the upcoming midterm elections and take advantage of early voting by taking their “souls to the polls” as a congregation.
Rev. Jackson made appearances at several early voting locations including the Oak Cliff Sub-courthouse, Disciple Central Community Church, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, saying, “Nothing can stop us when we appreciate our own power… It’s time for a fundamental change and we have that power.”
As faith communities in the southern sector, we wanted to align our power and make a collective impact on this voting cycle,” said Faith in Texas Organizer Brittany White. “We are letting our elected officials know that we will be paying attention to the way we will be governed because the impact of this election will affect the next generation and this is the political climate our children will live in.”
Souls to the Polls has a rich history in the Black community, in which churches mobilize their congregations in the last few Sundays before Election Day. The Oak Cliff Sub-Courthouse event feature a live DJ, food trucks, guided yoga and spoken word to entertain and engage voters as the group anticipates long lines for early voting.
Faith in Texas is part of the broader Faith in Action network and their midterm Faith Votes program which is aiming to reach 1 million potential voters by Election Day. Faith in Texas is also engaging the Dallas community beyond the 2018 midterms as they begin to prepare for the 2019 legislative session and the mayoral and presidential elections.
Participating Congregations Included:
- Mt. Pisgah (The Rock)
- Mt. Hebron
- Tabernacle of Praise
- Pilgrim Rest
- Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church
- New Birth Missionary Baptist Church
- Concord Missionary Baptist Church
- St. Luke UMC
- St. John ELC
- New Jerusalem AME
- Highland Hill UMC
- Greater Bethlehem Baptist Church
- Antioch Baptist Church
- Lord Missionary Baptist Church
- Third Avenue Baptist Church
- Christ Willing Workers
- Koinonia Baptist Church
- St Paul Baptist Church
- Friendship West Baptist Church
- Greater Cornerstone Baptist Church
View news coverage of Super Soul Sunday here.
Faith in Texas is a multifaith, multiracial organization working to honor God by achieving systemic change through faith-based community organizing to create pathways of opportunity for all Texans. Faith in Texas is an affiliate of the Faith in Action network, the nation’s largest network developing civic leadership in low- and moderate-income faith communities.