As a member of Bishops United Against Gun Violence, I join with the 75 other bishops in offering this statement and call to action in the wake of the most recent mass shooting at an American School. Please distribute this widely to church members and to others who may be looking to hear the voice of the Episcopal Church in Vermont in response to this act of gun violence. I appreciate your prayers and the many ways you witness and work for peace and common-sense solutions to this crisis.
Faithfully yours in Christ, The Right Reverend Thomas C. Ely
Visit our website http://bishopsagainstgunviolence.org/ to learn more about our work and how to reach us. Two years after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary that took the life of Ben Wheeler, an active young member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown, Connecticut, his father, David, asked parents to look at their children and then ask themselves, “Am I doing everything I can to keep them safe? Because the answer to that question, if we all answer honestly, clearly is no.” In memory of Carmen and Ben and all of God’s children lost to senseless gun violence, may God give us grace and fortitude in our witness so that we can, at last, answer yes. Yours,
Refugee Arrival Update
As clergy, Rev Heidi signed the letter that will go to President Trump. There is also a letter for the parish to sign, as well. More information on this action alert.