Subject: Town Hall Tonight!

The National Council of Churches' Community Engagement Webinar Series
CUG Town Hall – Improving Voter Turnout

Host: Lakesha Womack
Guest: Rev. Dr. Cassandra Gould

LaKesha Womack will host the NCC Community Engagement Webinar series Town Hall style at the Christian Unity Gathering. Her guest will be the Rev. Dr. Cassandra Gould, Executive Director for Faith in Action for Missouri – a model of a holistic approach to prophetic action and voting issues.

Among the questions to be considered: What is the historic voter turnout in your local community for midterm elections? Once we help you to identify the number, we will provide strategies to increase your community’s voter turnout so that more people are involved in the electoral process, because every vote matters.
Tonight's Guest:

Rev. Dr. Cassandra Gould is a pastor and activist whose ministry and community work is rooted in the biblical mandate for justice. She is the Executive Director of Faith Voices, an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the pastor of Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church in Jefferson City, Missouri.

A native of Demopolis, Alabama, her undergraduate work includes psychology and journalism. Rev. Dr. Gould holds an M.Div. from Eden Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from the United Theological Seminary.

Dr. Gould’s role as public theologian has helped to shape a culture of advocacy and justice for the Quinn Chapel Church and the Jefferson City community. Dr. Gould is a sought-after preacher, teacher and prophetic voice. She is often quoted in the media as one who speaks truth to power regarding various injustices. As a pastor in the State Capitol she is a go-to person for testimony against unjust legislation and in support of legislation designed to empower and improve the lives of people in her state and across the country.

As the National Council of Churches works to end racism, the upcoming 2018 midterm elections provide an opportunity to curtail the systemic racism that is embedded in many of our local and state governments as well as in the federal government.

To do so, our congregations must become active in their communities to help increase voter turnout. Over the past 60 years, only about 40% of registered voters turn out for midterm elections.

About the Webinar Leader: LaKesha Womack

LaKesha Womack has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Vanderbilt University, is a graduate of the Women's Campaign School at Yale University, is an Organizing for Action Community Engagement Fellow, and has worked on numerous campaigns across the country. She is also the author of nine books including #CommonSense Campaigning and UnLynched: An Economic Empowerment Doctrine for African Americans. Currently, LaKesha works as a Consultant with Womack Consulting Group.

About the National Council of Churches: 

Serving as a leading voice of witness to the living Christ in the public square since 1950, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) brings together 38 member communions and more than 35 million Christians in a common expression of God’s love and promise of unity.

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