In our time of political polarization and rising societal anger, we long for another way to relate to one another. Out of that holy longing, we invite you to join a national movement called the BE Campaign to help make our communities a bit more like the Kingdom of God.
We and other Episcopal dioceses around the country are partnering with Church of the Resurrection and other United Methodist churches in dedicating the month of October (5 weeks leading up to the national election) to the simple, yet profound teaching of the prophet Micah who, in a time not unlike our own in 700 BCE, asked the question: “What does the Lord require of us?” His answer: “Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.”
We believe that we can love our neighbors and recover and reclaim these three essential practices. In this series, members of our congregations will be invited to reflect on five spiritual themes and to share them with their communities: Be just. Be kind. Be humble. Love your neighbor. The Intersection of Religion and Politics.
Collected here, you will find an alternative Sunday lectionary that highlights each theme, along with suggested Prayers of the People, and graphics available free of charge from Church of the Resurrection, that can be adapted for your use. We’ll also have learning opportunities and suggested ways to BE engaged across differences with love and conviction.
This is a voluntary effort–all are invited to participate as you feel called. Bishop Mariann will be using this lectionary and its themes in her preaching in October. Washington National Cathedral will also dedicate Sunday mornings in October to the BE Campaign.
May we all be just, kind, and humble.
This campaign calls you to take action!
- Stand up, speak out and act in places of inequity, ensuring the vulnerable are treated fairly.
- Practice intentional acts of kindness and compassion daily.
- Cultivate the habit of humility through respect, listening, and empathy.
- Alternative Lectionary English / Español
- Prayers of the People English / Español
- A Guide on Cooperative Leadership at Spiritual Formation English / Español
- Graphics / Español
- Pledge card English full page / English half page / Español full page / Español half page
SERMON SCHEDULE AT WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL
Washington National Cathedral will dedicate Sunday mornings to the BE Campaign. Below is the schedule of preachers, subject to change. We invite you to watch each service on the Cathedral’s YouTube channel.
- October 2 – Bishop V. Gene Robison
- October 9 – Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde
- October 16 – Dean Randy Hollerith
- October 23 – The Rev. Canon Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr.
- October 30 – The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope
MAKE THE PLEDGE
I pledge to strive to follow Micah 6:8 in all aspects of my life:
- To act justly and pursue justice by standing with and speaking out for those who are vulnerable, mistreated, in need or exploited;
- To practice kindness and mercy in every interaction, even with those with whom I disagree;
- To act with humility, surrendering my will to God’s will, acknowledging that I may not always be right and should listen more and speak less.
And, I will seek to inspire others to do the same.