Midterm elections are less than 100 days away, and the Prophetic Resistance Podcast is kicking off our Rise + Vote series — co-hosted by my dear sister the Rev. Dr. Cassandra Gould — to explore all the ways our votes are both sacred and powerful. 

I can think of no better way to kick off this series than with this week’s guest, my friend and colleague, Rev. Nicole Barnes.

Nicole is the national voting program director for the Faith in Action Fund, having come up through the ranks as an organizer for Faith in Indiana (then called IndyCAN). She also has a master’s degree in divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary in addition to an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. In other words, she’s the perfect person to talk about the intersection of faith, politics, power, and community.