Friday Five: Absentee voting begins, iVoterGuide launch, judicial endorsements, and more

Welcome to the Friday Five! Every Friday we share our top five articles, stories, and quotes for you to read and share with your friends and church families. 

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1. ELECTION UPDATES: Absentee voting begins, iVoterGuide is released, and judicial endorsements are now available

Today, the NC State Board of Elections must make absentee ballots available for those voters who have already requested them. Any registered voter can request, receive, and vote with a mail-in absentee ballot. All you need to do is register online here, or on paper here. You can even track your absentee-by-mail ballot through the mail via a tool the NCSBE is providing called BallotTrax.

As we get closer to the election, the team at NC Values will be releasing a number of tools and resources as part of our NC Values Voter Toolkit. In addition to the newly released iVoterGuide, we will also be sharing with you a number of our official NC Values endorsements in the upcoming weeks. First among them are our recently released 2022 General Election judicial candidate endorsements.

We encourage you to check them out here, and support these fair and qualified candidates as best you are able.

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2. CALL-TO-ACTION: Title IX: Less than 4 days left to comment on Biden erasing women.

For over 50 years, Title IX has helped young women access fair and competitive sports, safe and private facilities, and educational and financial opportunities. Maybe you were even one of them! Now, the Biden Administration is set on redefining what Title IX means by sex to include sexual orientation, gender identity, and more. There are less than 4 days to provide public feedback before they make a decision. Would you consider submitting a personalized response?

To check out our own organization's submitted comments, and possibly use it to help draft your own, click here.

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3. BLOOMBERG: GOP’s Tillis Expects Senate Passage of Marriage Equality Bill

“Senator Thom Tillis, a North Carolina Republican, said he expects there will be enough support from his party to pass a marriage equality bill this month. Democrats have not yet attracted the 10 Republican senators they need to pass the bill in the evenly divided chamber, but negotiators are making progress, Tillis said.”

Would you consider taking a minute to click here to contact Senators Burr & Tillis and ask them to vote against the pro-polygamy bill?

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4. CHRISTIAN POST: Biden Admin. will allow abortions at VA hospitals despite state bans after Dobbs decision

“The Biden administration has announced its intention to provide abortion procedures at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities for eligible veterans and beneficiaries, including in states where the procedure has recently become illegal.“

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5. YOU’RE INVITED: Learn more about one of the schooling models available in NC: classical education

In addition to different types of school choice options (such as public, private, charter, and homeschooling), there are also a number of different educational models available to parents. Among them is the classical education approach, as taken by institutions like Thales Academy in Raleigh, NC.

On October 7th, from 8am-1:30pm, Thales Academy will be hosting their Fall Classical Summit, which consists of a day of engaging lectures, seminars, and workshops for teachers and parents in a classical school setting. If you are interested in learning about the classical approach, it’s usage of the Western canon, and more, we invite you to click here to register and attend their event.

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(Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in British history, died Sept. 8 at age 96. She led by example. Our prayers go with the royal family and the people of England).


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WEEKLY PRAYER: FAMILY

LORD, we cry out to you as Father. You are a model of the love, mercy, and authority of the perfect parent. We thank you for modeling for us what every parent should strive for, and for creating this wonderful institution called family. 

LORD, we thank you for creating us with a basic nature designed to not be alone. You made us to desire the intimacy of relationships, and it is here where we experience joys indescribable: the joys of marriage, the joys of having children; the joys of seeing our children have children. What a blessing and mercy you gave us in the family! In it we find our first teachers, our first guardians, and our first authorities. 

LORD, we recognize how deeply you love your children, and how deeply it pains you when they go astray. Alongside our adoration and thanksgiving, we pray in confession—as individuals and as members of larger communities—over any sins we may have committed that undermine your beloved institution. Forgive us when we endanger your institution through selfishness and arrogance. Forgive our communities and nation for attempting to redefine some of the most basic and deepest parts of being human—being made male and female, having lifelong marriage vows and responsibilities, and having parental rights over educating one's children. 

"Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." (Colossians 3:12-17)

Amen

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