The Diocese of Texas reports on Bishop C. Andrew Doyle’s response to today’s shooting deaths near Houston: As some of you are now aware there was a school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, just a few miles southeast of Houston. Multiple fatalities have been confirmed, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. “Prayers are offered for the students, families and faculty who … [Read more...] about Bp. Doyle on School Attack
The Episcopal Church was well-represented at March for Our Lives events in Washington, D.C., and across the country on March 24. Ten Episcopal bishops participated in an ecumenical prayer vigil attended by 2,000 people at Washington National Cathedral on the evening before the D.C. march. It was less of a march than a rally, with more than three hours of presentations from a … [Read more...] about ‘Something Different this Time’
“Sunday best” could eventually include a holster for some Maryland residents. WBAL in Baltimore reports that among dozens of gun-related bills being debated in state government are provisions that would allow teachers and churchgoers to arm themselves. “This is not a bill that lets every person sitting in the congregation have a firearm strapped to their hip,” House … [Read more...] about Time to Sell Your Cloak?
The House of Bishops agreed to two statements on March 7: On Gun Violence “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live.” (Deut. 30:19) At this critical moment young people of the United States are inviting us to turn away from the nightmare of gun … [Read more...] about Bishops on Gun Violence, Harassment
The Diocese of Maine reports that the Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane has revised a litany marking the widespread grief that follows mass shootings: Today he shares an updated, expanded version titled A Litany in the Aftermath of Gun Violence. Read it below and feel free to share it. It will be used at a Service of Lament for Gun Violence that will be held at St. Luke’s Cathedral in … [Read more...] about Prayers in Violent Times
The group Bishops United Against Gun Violence has released this statement on the mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida: The heart of our nation has been broken yet again by another mass shooting at an American school. We offer our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who were murdered at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas … [Read more...] about Bishops: Ban Assault Weapons
From Bishops United Against Gun Violence: In the wake of the heartbreaking shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, we find ourselves both calling people to prayer and wishing that the word did not come so readily to the lips of elected leaders who are quick to speak, but take no action on behalf of public safety. In prayer, Christians commend the souls … [Read more...] about ‘Prayer Is Not a Dodge’
Bishops United Against Gun Violence issued a statement Oct. 2 calling on Episcopalians to pray for the victims of the mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival that left 59 dead and 530 injured. The statement also asks that Episcopalians seek better ways to address anger and resentment within American culture. “It has become clichéd at moments such as these to offer … [Read more...] about Bishops: Reflect and Pray