As our nation mourns the lives lost in the mass shooting in Orlando last weekend and we remember the lives lost in previous mass shootings, we must mobilize together to call for much-needed gun safety reform. Episcopalians around the country are standing together to oppose hatred in all its forms including homophobia, xenophobia, sexism, and racism, and we are standing together to call for peace.
The Episcopal Church has policy passed by General Convention urging Congress to increase restrictions on the sale, ownership, and use of firearms and our Episcopal tradition calls on us to oppose violence at every level.
Call your Members of Congress today to share the gospel of peace and urge gun safety legislation!
Dial 202-224-3121 to reach the Capitol switchboard and ask to be connected to your members of Congress. You can look up your members of Congress here. When you are connected, tell the staff person:
"I am a constituent and an Episcopalian, and I am calling to urge [name of member of Congress here] to support policies that will change the culture of violence in our country. We need legislation that limits sales of military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines, requires effective background checks for all gun purchases, provides for better access to mental health services, and directs attention to gun trafficking."
Litany on gun violence prevention
Episcopal News Service Coverage
Bishops United Against Gun Violence
Both the House of Representatives and the Senate have passed their respective versions of the Global Food Security Act (H.R. 1567 / S.1254). The House’s final tally was 370 yes votes to 33 no votes, and the Senate passed the bill by unanimous consent.
Globally, 795 million people suffer from chronic hunger; the majority of whom are women. Approximately 45 percent of deaths of children under the age of 5 are caused by malnutrition. The Global Food Security Act will help build upon best practices and improve our international food and nutrition programs to help alleviate this suffering.
The bill will provide Congressional authorization to Feed the Future, a U.S. government initiative charged with combating chronic hunger and food insecurity around the world. Feed the Future ensures that every dollar spent accrues value in global productivity, expands opportunities for education, reduces violence, and helps those who suffer from food scarcity. Through Feed the Future, countries are able to increase agricultural and nutritional investments. As a result, farmers are able to feed their families, communities, and can contribute to their countries’ economic growth.
We are grateful for the bipartisan support and leadership shown by members of both parties in order to ensure passage of this important legislation. BUT, it is not a done deal quite yet; the two bicameral chambers must confer and decide which version of the two bills they will send to the President for signature—at which point it will become law.
I am honored to have served as one of the Episcopal Church's delegates to United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in both 2015 and 2016. 2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a global resolution and agenda intended to end gender inequality. At this 2015 session, we celebrated as delegates from UN member states shared the accomplishments their countries had achieved toward gender equality. We also recognized that nowhere in the world had the agenda been fully implemented, and that we had a great deal of work ahead of us.
It is Holy Week. This week is always hard for me, as I am impatient to get to Easter without having to go through Good Friday. On Palm Sunday, I am always moved by the way my parish remembers the story of Holy Week; we enter into the service with a raucous celebration, part of the joyful crowd welcoming Jesus into the city. Later in the service, during the reading of the Passion, we are once again a part of the crowd, but this time we shout, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” I think many Christians struggle with that change of heart, and our own complicity in the persecution or oppression of others. Holy Week really brings that home for us.
A friend recently asked an innocent question that completely floored me. “I hear you Christians talking about racial reconciliation and Beloved Community, but what does it mean?” We were in a casual conversation – no time to grab Martin Luther King Jr.’s meditations off the shelf, no time even to reach for the scriptures. I had to get quiet and speak what is most true for me, not as a theologian or church leader, but as a child of God and follower of Jesus.