America can come together “if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts.”
President Donald Trump
Five department heads from the Episcopal Church gathered virtually on January 11 for a webinar titled “Mr. Biden Goes to Washington: What a New Administration Means for the Church.” The short answer is that it means quite a lot.
A benediction quoting William Sloane Coffin, with aspirations for unity, justice, and peace.
The Bishop of Washington previously took President Trump to task for clearing Black Lives Matter protesters with tear gas, to enable him to stage a photo op at St. John’s Church.
“If people of goodwill and human decency come together and say, ‘we’re going to be a people of love … we’re going to be a people worthy of the name American’, then, we will be a shining city upon a hill.”
The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde: “”The president just used a Bible, the most sacred text of the Judeo-Christian tradition … as a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus,”
The Diocese of Western Massachusetts and the Diocese of Long Island filed friend of the court briefs in a suit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union.
The president’s words “have dangerous potential to encourage others, both to speak and then to act with condoned violence. That’s why we spoke.”