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Northern Irish Presbyterian Church writes to all members about voting in General Election

by Cara Bentley

Rt Rev Dr William Henry, the Moderator, wrote to all ministers and congregations in the denomination in Northern Ireland, where there has been a political stalemate in their assembly for nearly three years, saying this winter election "will open in darkness and close in darkness."

The leader read: "For younger members of your congregation this may be an exciting time as they engage and participate in their first General Election. However, given the ongoing stagnation in Northern Ireland's political situation, or the stalemate over Brexit at Westminster, which precipitated this very election, and other more seasonal reasons, some may feel a little reluctant to go out and vote.

"Even so, may I encourage you and your congregation to approach this General Election prayerfully and to vote in the hope that those we elect will work with a commitment to the common good and with generosity of spirit towards one another?

There are 18 seats in Northern Ireland, with the DUP currently holding 10, Sinn Fein on 7 and one independent.
He added that election day "may provide additional opportunities to demonstrate in both a practical and personal way the love of Christ through offering a lift to those who may have difficulty in getting out to vote, or may be a little apprehensive about venturing to a polling station in the cold or the dark.
"Engaging and participating in the democratic process is one of the ways that we seek 'the peace and prosperity of the city' to which we have been called (Jeremiah 29:7). At the same time please remember to pray for those in political authority, and for those who seek it."

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