Service attendees gather in Robert Carr Chapel (Cole Polley, TCU360)

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On Tuesday morning, TCU’s Robert Carr Chapel held a church service focused on the presidential election.

Hosted by TCU Brite Divinity School, the service was led by guest pastor Scott Mayer, the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth.

Service attendees gather in Robert Carr Chapel (Cole Polley, TCU360)
Service attendees gather in Robert Carr Chapel (Cole Polley/TCU360)

With election night looming, a crowd of about 50 gathered to listen to Mayer’s message, and the election was certainly in the forefront of the discussion.

Mayer said he realized the importance of preaching on the TCU campus on this crucial day for America.

“I think to be preaching in a divinity school that is committed to social justice on Election Day definitely had special significance to me,” Mayer said.

Mayer also added that many parts of the service were pertinent to the election, even the hymns that were sung.

“A couple of our hymns were very appropriate for the day, as well as our prayers,” Mayer said. “I didn’t ignore the reality of what is going on today at all…I think this election process has pretty much magnified what we need to deal with in the world going forward.”

Attendees smiled and exchanged greetings at the conclusion of the service as they filed out of the chapel.

“It’s nice to be able to come here and have that fellowship on such a nerve-wracking day,” attendee James Thomas said. “Tensions are high but this adds a solid element to the day for me.”

In addition to the fellowship, Thomas also said he enjoyed the fact that he could hear a message that he could relate to the ongoing political situation on Election Day.

“It’s important to keep in mind how our faith relates to the election,” Thomas said. “Otherwise it’s easy to get lost in everything that’s going on, so it was cool to be able to hear something relatable today.”