Election Day Communion: Churches encourage unity rather than faction

Published: Oct. 27, 2016 at 1:22 AM EDT
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With less than two weeks until the presidential election, churches across the country are preparing to take part in an event called Election Day Communion.

The event began in 2012 with a concern that Christians in the U.S. were being shaped more by political parties than their belief in Jesus.

St. John's United Methodist Church in Staunton is one of at least eight churches in the Valley participating.

"We are going to pray for our political leaders; whether it's the person we voted for or not," said Taylor Mertins, pastor of St. John's. "That would be the most Christian thing that we can do."


• Springdale Mennonite Church in Waynesboro

• St. John's United Methodist Church in Staunton

• Mt Clinton Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg

• Weaver's Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg

• Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg

• Park View Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg

• Trinity United Methodist Church in Lexington

There are more than 150 churches taking part nationwide. You can see a map showing the locations of them all just below: