The Episcopal Church is known for being a strong voice on issues of social justice in the United States and throughout the world, speaking out for the stewardship of creation, the dignity of all human beings, and calling for an end to violence and hateful rhetoric. As we approach the 2024 presidential election in the midst of deepening political polarization, some may be asking: what is the church’s role?


Church of the Mediator in Harbert, in partnership with the diocesan offices, will present an evening discussion on Christianity, social justice, and the political sphere on Wednesday, October 11th from 5:30-8:30pm. The panel discussion will be recorded and available for later viewing. Due to bandwidth constraints, this event cannot be livestreamed.

This gathering is an opportunity to discuss the differences between “politics” and “partisanship” and to consider our Christian responsibility in seeking social justice. Participants will first gather for Holy Eucharist, then will share in a potluck dinner. Afterward, a panel of Episcopalians will lead our conversation. We will be joined by:

  • Tim French, senior warden of Mediator, Harbert, facilitating
  • The Rev. Darlene Kuhn, Rector of Mediator, Harbert
  • Rob Burgess, member of St. Augustine of Canterbury, Benton Harbor
  • The Rev. Jay Johnson, rector of All Saints, Saugatuck and interim coach for Creation Care/Beloved Community for the dioceses
  • Vicki Schroeder, member of All Saints, Saugatuck, will also offer a video reflection about her experience working as a co-convenor of End Gun Violence Michigan.

Photo: Deputies to the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church gather for a protest and prayer service at the Hutto Detention Center near Austin, Texas.

Questions about this event?
Please contact the Rev. Darlene Kuhn at or at 269-469-6794

October 11, 2023


Episcopal Church of the Mediator

14280 Red Arrow Highway Harbert, MI 49115


There is no cost to attend this event. To help us plan for space, please RSVP by October 1st. Attendees who miss this deadline are still welcome to attend.

Participants are asked to bring a dish for the potluck dinner.

Unable to attend in person but would like access to the recording? Please complete the registration form selecting this option and the recording will be emailed to you directly when it’s available.