June 14, 2016
Please hold in your prayers those who died, were injured, or who lost loved ones in the horrific shooting deaths at an Orlando, Florida club where at least 49 people were killed and many others injured, some gravely.
As we pray for all, may we do so mindful that the focus in our lessons and worship this Sunday morning was a call to proclaim that all life is sacred; a gift from God, and holy.
May we abhor and address vigorously the senseless violence that...
June 13, 2016
- Our dear Brothers and Sisters,Yesterday saw one of the worst mass shootings in recent American history, when a lone gunman killed and wounded more than a hundred people at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The shock and horror of this assault has covered our nation in mourning. Yet this was actually the 15th mass shooting in America so far in June, and the 133rd in 2016. Almost as horrifying as the killings themselves is the regularity with which we awaken to such...
Psalm 13, Usquequo, Domine?
How long, O Lord? Will you forget me for ever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I bear pain in my soul,
and have sorrow in my heart all day long?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
Consider and answer me, O Lord my God!
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,
and my enemy will say, ‘I have...
[Lambeth Palace press release] Archbishops of Canterbury and York call for solidarity with LGBTI people after the attack in Orlando.
“After Sunday’s attack in Orlando as Christians we must speak out in support of LGBTI people, who have become the latest group to be so brutally targeted by the forces of evil. We must pray, weep with those affected, support the bereaved, and love without qualification.
“The obligation to object to these acts of...
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
As Jesus wept upon the news of Lazarus’s death, so do we, the body of Christ, weep at the news coming from Orlando. This horrifying and heartbreaking tragedy leaves us feeling stunned, vulnerable, insecure, and threatened. This is doubtless immeasurably more so for our sisters and brothers in the LGBT community who have so long been threatened and vulnerable.
In our desperate effort to make some sense of this inherently senseless event, it...
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
A week ago I joined a neighborhood Peace Walk in Boston’s South End with Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and members of his department, children and adults of the neighborhood, and participants in our diocesan B-PEACE effort. We walked local streets proclaiming our determination to reduce gun violence and other violations of communal safety.
“Of course,” I told the gathering, “marching around the...
- “Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’”
Dear Friends in Christ,
It goes without saying that our hearts are broken by yesterday’s mass shooting in Orlando, and I understand fully that no words can begin to describe the shock, the sadness, and the outrage that all of us feel collectively.
Certainly, I invite your prayers today and in the days ahead for all those who were...
For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation, but worldly grief produces death….
2 Corinthians 7:10
The shooting in Orlando this past Sunday was the largest mass shooting in the history of this nation. It was a terrorist act and a hate crime directed specifically at members of the LGBTQ community. It was also directed against all of us as a nation. In every way, the act was repugnant, despicable and is to be denounced.
As Christians, our first...
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6: 12
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania,
Again, we have been shattered by the news of gunfire and the loss of innocent lives in our country.
Again, we have woken to news of violence...
My Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
My soul is wrought with pain as I read of the senseless and useless deaths of our brothers and sisters slain in Orlando, Florida.
Let us pray for the repose of the souls of those who died, for the healing of those who were wounded, and for the Holy Spirit to comfort their families and friends. Pray also for this nation as we struggle to comprehend such hatred and anger.
God be with as in this dark hour that we may anticipate the sunrise...