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Historic McKinley UMC hosting virtual lecture series

By Zack Frink 

Historic McKinley United Methodist Church is hosting a virtual lecture series with nationally prominent figures. "Vote and Live" is a bipartisan lecture series where guests talk about their faith and why November’s election is important.

The series will livestream every second Sunday of the month on the church's Facebook and YouTube pages, and the first installment will be Sunday, July 12 at 11:15 a.m. Former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke kicks off the series as the first featured guest.

McKinley’s pastor, Peter Edward Matthews, met O’Rourke on the campaign trail – the pair was introduced through Desiree Tims, a church member and candidate for Ohio’s 10th Congressional District. “As a committed person of faith, he embodies what white allies should look and sound like in these perilous times,” Edwards said about O’Rourke.

He also sees “Vote and Live” helping usher in new conversations and ways people practice their faith. “We have livestreamed our services for more than two years now, but this new lecture series will prayerfully allow the planet to reimagine what church looks like going forward,” said Edwards.

Another goal for the lecture series is to get people to register to vote, Edwards said.

Viewers are encouraged to submit questions ahead of time. You can submit questions on social media using the hashtag #VoteAndLiveQuestions, or submit questions using the form below. The Elevate Dayton staff will present the best ones during the livestream.

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