CREATING CHANGE TOGETHER THROUGH CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
Historically the United Methodist Church has been committed to connecting “faith and life, church and society, and justice and peace.” The General Board of Church and Society has created the document, “CREATING CHANGE TOGETHER: A Toolkit for Faithful Civic Engagement.” The General Secretary, Susan Henry-Crowe, writes: “If every United Methodist put their faith into action, just think about the change we could create together.”
Social Principles of the United Methodist Church provides guidelines for our task. Click here to read the 2020 United Methodist Social Principles.
Our Social Principles are grounded in Scripture and provide a foundation and guide for putting our faith into action. Download the Toolkit at https://www.umcjustice.org/documents/119. Links to more resources are at https://www.umcjustice.org/what-you-can-do/advocacy/take-action/creating-change-together
Montgomery County Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Events
Montgomery County-sponsored household hazardous waste collection events have begun. The events are by appointment only and pre-registration is required. COVID-19 CDC guidelines must be followed when attending an event. No televisions, electronics or appliances are accepted at these chemical collections. Businesses and contractors will be turned away from these residential events. Visit https://www.montcopa.org/774/Accepted-Hazardous-Household-Waste-Items for a list of acceptable and unacceptable items, and safety guidelines.
Register at www.MontcoPARecycles.org.
Saturday, May 1 – Indian Valley Middle School, 130 Maple Avenue, Harleysville
Saturday, May 8 – Montgomery County Community College, enter at 595 Cathcart Road, Blue Bell
Saturday, June 12 – Temple University, Ambler Campus, enter at 1431 East Butler Pike, Ambler
Saturday, June 19 – Abington Junior High School, enter at 2056 Susquehanna Road, Abington
Saturday, September 25 – Spring-Ford 9th Grade Center, 400 South Lewis Road, Royersford
Sunday, October 24 – Lower Merion Transfer Station, 1300 North Woodbine Avenue, Penn Valley
Yes, there’s another election day just around the corner. It’s May 18. And, in fact, thanks to no-excuse mail ballots, widespread voting is already open.
In addition to deciding local races, voters this year will elect a slew of new judges to Pennsylvania’s three statewide appellate courts — judges who will no doubt shape important policy in the state for at least the next decade.
These are some of the most powerful positions in state government. But the elections that determine who gets the jobs tend to get little attention from voters. In the last two judicial election years that featured partisan contests, turnout hovered in the low 20% range, compared with more than 70% turnout in 2020’s record-setting election. Read “A Voter Guide to Pennsylvania’s 2021 Judicial Elections” here.