June 13, 2016

  • 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...

  • They lurk in ambush in public squares
    and in secret places they murder the innocent;
    they spy out the helpless.
    Psalm 10:8

    I write to you again in response to yet another mass shooting in America. Elementary schools, high schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, office buildings, churches and gay bars. No place is safe. No one is safe. Not as long as assault weapons are legally available to the one who hates, to the one who is ill, or to the one...

  • It’s beyond our bearing. Another mass shooting has happened, this one the deadliest in our country’s history. Someone was given access to enough weapons that 49 people were shot dead and nearly as many wounded in one attack by one man in one place. There was an armed police officer outside the club where the people were killed but that didn’t stop this shooter.

    This time it is the LGBT community that is grieving their friends and their children who have been cut down. In the last few...

  • Once again senseless gun violence has claimed the lives of innocent people and tragically affected the lives of countless more. My heart breaks for the victims of this horrifying act of violence. When the victims are part of community that has been historically oppressed, this kind of violence can send shock waves through the LGBTQI community, not just in Orlando but everywhere, including in our diocese. We must all stand in solidarity with, and openly affirm, the right to safety for all gay...

  • Orlando is 2,313 miles from Salt Lake City. I understand that we may think Orlando is so far away, that all we can do is pray… and we need to do that. However, I believe in my heart and in my soul that was given to God at Baptism, we not only can do more—we must do more. For this is not just an attack on people so many miles away—it is an attack on all of us in Provo, Logan, Page, Salt lake City and all over.

    We now know the gunman was full of hate. Hatred directed toward our fellow...

  • [Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin] Bishop David Rice began the Eucharistic celebration at Holy Trinity, Madera, on June 12 with a request for prayers for all concerned with the shooting at the Pulse night club in Orlando. Later, in his homily, he referred to the Gospel of the day and connected the two.

    The woman who wept at Jesus’ feet and washed his feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair caused a stir. To the host, she was dismissed as invisible by being...

  • In the modern history of mass shootings in America, Orlando is the deadliest – Hate engendered violence leading to more hatred. This shooting, it’s shooter, and victims, will be politically used to create more hate that will lead to more violence. The shooting is caused by hate for those who are different and it will expand hatred for still others. Availability of weapons that can cause this level will be defended due to the hate. All of which is unjustifiable. We live in a...

  • Dear Friends,

    Once again I come to you with profound sadness in the aftermath of an unspeakable act of gun violence in our nation. The deaths of at least 50 people in an attack on an Orlando nightclub that left more than 50 others injured, many seriously, is now the largest mass casualty shooting in United States history. This incident reminds us of the importance of strong resolve in opposition to terror and violence in all its many and varied forms.

    I ask you to pray for the...

  • I ask your prayers for all who have been affected by the violence this weekend in Orlando, and especially for those who have died and for those who are still in hospital.

    This largescale tragedy takes place at the intersection of serious societal concerns. There are many factors to be borne in mind: terror attack, hate crime, and gun violence, to name a few. Untangling the strands of our thoughts and reactions will take time. I commend to you Presiding Bishop Curry’s statement about...

  • The news of the tragic loss of life and evil perpetrated in the night club in Orlando is heartbreaking for all people. Again, we are reminded that hatred, bigotry and misguided causes, aided by the easy access to firearms, is a lethal combination.

    We must endeavor to address the rhetoric that fuels hate, creates fear of other people and divides God’s people.

    Our hearts go out to the families of all those whose lives were taken and all the injured. We give thanks for the...

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