This has been a bad week, on top of some of our worst ever. Once again, young black men died at the hands of police. This is becoming routine. Then, Dallas last night, where a sniper or snipers targeted police, and specifically white police. We have a serious problem. We have accepted a society in which problems are resolved through the use of guns. We have accepted a society that worships guns. And it is blasphemous and idolatrous. It has to change.
We pray for the people of Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas and all those who once again mourn the heinous and senseless loss of loved ones due to gun violence and bigotry. Pray and don’t stop praying for the end of this, and even more a will on behalf of our country and our collective life to take action, to use reason, and compassion.
I want to offer a Psalm of Lament put together by Kathryn Rickert and the Rev. Nigel Taber-Hamilton. You can find that here and you are welcome to make use of it. you can view the video by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and get additional resources here
Resources: prayer and conversation
[July 8, 2016] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has issued the following video asking every Episcopalian to share in deep prayer following the shootings in the United States. The video is available here.
Many Episcopal groups have prepared resources that may help congregations and individuals in their prayer and conversation this weekend.
– A liturgy resource for praying after Ferguson, created in the Diocese of Missouri and shared by the Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism in the Diocese of Atlanta
– A summary of Episcopal resources for racial reconciliation
– Episcopal News Service feed with statements and resources from across the church
– If you have created resources to help your community to pray and to work for healing and justice, please share them with the Presiding Bishop’s staff here: firstname.lastname@example.org.