In recognition of the attack ad blitz now underway here, a group of Ohio clergy and people of faith are calling for a one-day media fast on Friday, Nov. 2. In a campaign called Turn Down the Noise: Fast, Pray, Vote, they challenge people to turn off their televisions, radios, and Twitter feeds and turn toward one another and pursue listening to the voice of God, in hopes of finding “a pathway to take seriously our civic opportunity to engage politically, and to do so based on the depths of our faith traditions and values rather than whatever $115 million has to say.” One of the leaders is Rev. Troy Jackson, pastor of University Christian Church in Clifton. I learned of this project late last week, just at the moment my revulsion to the negativity reached a peak. Over the weekend, I composed the following prayer, through which I am pledging daily silence for our nation until the election. Below the prayer are links to several articles on silence as a spiritual and communal practice.
Amid the clamor of this campaign season, let me be still. In silence I listen for you O God, Source of all Wisdom. Guide my vote. Direct my actions toward the good of all. In your powerful love, unite us in the work of transformation.