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GA Faith Leaders Applaud Organizers on a Historic Senate Runoff Election


January 6, 2021


Michelle Nealy, mnealy@faithinpubliclife.org, (202) 735-7123

Austin Schuler, aschuler@faithinpubliclife.org, (540) 280-3393

Graham Younger, gyounger@faithinpubliclife.org, (678) 739-8584

GA Faith Leaders Applaud Organizers on a Historic Senate Runoff Election

Atlanta, GA — Rev. Raphael Warnock has been elected to the U.S. Senate in Georgia and Jonathan Ossoff will likely follow suit. Rev. Warnock will be the first Black senator from Georgia. 

Min. Shavonne Williams, Georgia Organizing Ambassador, Faith in Public Life, (Augusta):

“Since Sunday School, I was taught that ’faith without works is dead.’ Well, our organizers on the ground across Georgia had faith and we definitely worked hard to help Georgians exercise their sacred right to vote. Now, we call on all election officials to ensure a fair and democratic process: Count Every Vote! We must not let elected leaders outside of Georgia influence our election.”

Lee May, Pastor, Transforming Faith Church; President, DeKalb Pastor’s Christian Alliance, (Atlanta) : 

“We’ve seen unprecedented voter turnout in DeKalb County this election cycle. Our Alliance engaged 200 churches across the state of Georgia for the runoff election, and we applaud all of the local organizers on the ground and the faith community that helped make this election safe and historic. As people of faith, we knew that our values of love and community were on the ballot. I pray that our nation continues to heal in 2021.” 

Rev. Joshua Nelson, Emanuel SDA Church:

“This runoff election proved how powerful and crucial our democracy is. As a pastor, it was amazing to see first hand the tenacity faithful individuals carried into this election. Here in Albany we came together to pray at the polls, feed our community, and encourage voters.  To the clergy that have worked tirelessly getting people to the polls and being the much needed spiritual presence and calm during this divisive time, I thank you so much. We have stood in the gap and have witnessed the move of God in Georgia.”

Faith in Public Life is a national movement of clergy and faith leaders united in the prophetic pursuit of justice, equality and the common good. Together, we are leading the fight to advance just policies at the state and federal level. Our network of 50,000 leaders engage in bold moral action that affirms our values and the human dignity of all.

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