A National Call for Reflection, Prayer and Reconciliation

Our Deeply Divided Nation

The incivility and bitterness of recent campaigns will inevitably exacerbate the deep divisions that have been growing in the country for some time and leave us deeply and painfully divided.

Post-Election Opportunity: A Time for Reflection, Prayer and Reconciliation

The time between election day and the swearing in of Members to the new 116th Congress in early January, provides an opportunity to step away from partisanship and think anew about how we can go forward together. The National Institute for Civil Discourse urges people of faith from all different points of view to take the lead during this time and help our country step back from the incivility that now dominates our politics.  People of faith can provide the moral leadership we need to help change the tone of our politics and bridge the divisions that are pulling our country apart.

A Call to Action for  Congregations and Individuals

NICD urges its faith partners and other supportive religious groups to ask their congregations and individual members across the country to do three things in this post-election time period:

  1. Reflect on the divisions in the country and how we treat those who have different political views
  2. Pray for the forgiveness, humility and wisdom we need to heal our divisions
  3. Reach out to at least one other person of faith who has different political views to explore ways to work together

What you can do

  • Send an email to at least one friend, relative or colleague who has different political views to express concern about civility and explore what can be done
  • Post messages on social media expressing concern about the divisive nature of our politics and telling people about the National Call for Reflection, Prayer and Reconciliation
  • Talk with individuals from another congregation who has different political views to explore ways to work together in your community