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Episcopal parishes in Contra Costa are working together to host post-election gatherings, based on programs developed by the non-partisan Braver Angels.org, starting with separate gatherings of Distressed and Delighted.

For people who are feeling Distressed or unhappy about the election outcomes, you are invited to join Rev. Deb White, Rector at Grace Episcopal Church in Martinez. This will take place at 10:30 am via Zoom. Please pre-register at this link.

 The Challenge: The days after the election could begin a dark time of polarization in the land—unless we act together to make it otherwise.

The Opportunity: That’s where the With Malice Toward None initiative comes in.

We the People will have both the opportunity and the responsibility to seize the post-election moment by bringing many Americans together in our religious communities, colleges, and civic groups.  The goal is to create a space for people to deal with their emotions (positive and negative), to build our capacities for working together to address our common challenges, and to commit ourselves to a renewed citizenship.

This is not about covering over strong political differences or encouraging people to support whoever wins the election.  It is about a commitment to respecting the humanity of those who differ from us. It is about recognizing our foundational role as citizens to be the architects and agents of a more perfect union.

Please note that St. Paul’s Walnut Creek is hosting a separate post-election gathering for the Delighted.

At a later date, we will have a second, joint gathering for everyone.