Standing in the cold November air outside his church with a student pastor, Pastor Jason Coulter seemed a bit quixotic on a Chicago Election Day. But the one-time union organizer acted as if he liked it that way, as he tried to inject some warmth into local election traditions.
“I’m hoping to heal. This has been a very difficult election season for many people,” said Coulter, pastor of Ravenswood United Church of Christ, 2050 W. Pensacola Ave. “I have friends on both sides of the political equation and this is a chance for us to put those things that divide us behind us and to focus on those things that unite us, which for Christian people is this table, a chance to seek reconciliation and peace and to move forward.”
Although he missed the early morning voting rush, Coulter was still touching a few souls, here and there.
“Not all churches are so dogmatic. We have congregations that welcome people as they are. That pretty much describes Ravenswood United Church of Christ. No matter who you are and where you are in life’s journey, you are welcome here.”
Coulter said he would be ministering outside his Church’s polling place until 4:00 p.m. today.