The Politics of Communion

I had an interesting phone conversation last week.

Today, America will choose who will be President for the next four years. Our church building is a polling center. And we are participating in the Election Day Communion event.

These facts all mean that last week, I had to call our county’s Board of Election to figure out exactly what sorts of signs we were allowed to put up. And since we’re offering communion throughout the day, for voters to partake in after they vote, I wanted to be sure we weren’t violating any poll laws.

The person with whom I spoke (who was helpful and kind) essentially told me any political signs had to be 100 feet away from the entrances, but when it came to communion, we could do whatever we wanted.

The County Board of Elections clearly doesn’t consider receiving Communion to be a political event.Continue reading