June 14, 2016
We as the Diocese of Dallas share the world’s shock and abhorrence at the terrible act of violence at Pulse nightclub in Orlando this weekend. In our prayers we remember the victims who died, the wounded, and their families. We pray for God’s restraining hand against such acts of hatred, madness, and fanaticism, and that He would turn the hearts of those inclined to such senseless violence. May our nation be, by God’s grace, in our time a land of tranquillity and safety for all its people....
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...
[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Diocese of Accra is planning to establish pharmacies in some of its parishes to tackle the problem of sub-standard and counterfeit medicines. The multi-billion-dollar global counterfeit drug trade is thriving in Africa, with disastrous consequences. Last year, the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene reported that counterfeit anti-malarial tablets claim the lives of more than 122,000 African children under the...
[Anglican Communion News Service] The New Zealand Prime Minister has announced that his government will increase the annual quota of refugees that it will accept from 750 to 1,000. But Archbishop Philip Richardson says that the 250 increase shows that the country is failing to act as “a responsible global citizen” and that it ought to do more to help in the current global crisis.
“In the past five years, there has been a 76 percent increase in people displaced due to war...
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...